simu liu introduction

Marvel is making history with its upcoming comic book film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will feature the studio’s first-ever Asian superhero. Shang-Chi, a character created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in the early 1970s in the midst of global martial arts mania, has some odds stacked against him. He’s a character steeped in the stereotypes of the time, and he’s a little-known superhero outside of diehard Marvel Comics fans. But Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who was announced as the star of the highly anticipated Marvel movie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, is more than worthy of rising up to the task of bringing Shang-Chi into the modern era.

Simu Liu may not be a household name Stateside, but the actor is a rising star in his home country of Canada and a beloved figure in the Asian diaspora community thanks to his role in the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Here’s what you need to know.

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