Marvel's Avengers: Endgame had just departed theaters after becoming the largest film of all time, bringing the MCU's ten-year run to a close. Marvel quickly moved on to the next part of their strategy, which included a Black Widow film, sequels to Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel, a slew of Disney programs, and the cinematic debut of a fresh, pretty obscure personality: Shang-Chi. The film has finally arrived in theaters, bringing with it a bevy of new faces, exhilarating action, a little more creative plot line, and a sizable blockbuster haul.
One really shouldn't anticipate "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," to become the global hit that "Black Panther" did, but the effect is similar. It's new, it's live, and it's not the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as before.
Despite the fact that the film was shorter than some of its successors, such as the monstrosity that was Endgame, there was a significant amount of event and narrative gap. They employed a parallel narrative as an introduction film to drive information without drying it up. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings exemplified many of the best elements, enjoyable results in solid performances, high-quality battle scenes, and a voice that helped balance shades in a way that this production company is rarely properly accounted for, the grittier elements are frequently overlooked in serious evaluation.
This paralleled narrative was well-developed and apparent in its application. It enhanced the picture and brought a level of comprehension, which would otherwise require another film or even another hour of pure expository. It was easy to follow and profoundly riveting.
Upon doing follow-up research, Shang-Chi was a big box office hit on Labor Day, generating over $70 million in its launch weekend, the world's highest grossing film on that holiday worldwide. The picture is on track to become the highest-grossing film during the COVID era. This is significant for the major film studios, who may have had to reschedule releases if Shang-Chi had demonstrated that audiences were not ready to return to the theater.
Shang-Chi may not be the finest MCU film, but it is unquestionably in the top half. The plot contains several surprises that break the pattern of MCU backstories just enough to keep things fresh while also allowing for a few fun shocks and Marvel's brand of witty comedy. The action is spectacular and frequent, even if it occasionally becomes weighed down, and makes a mark in the MCU debut with a presentation that will almost certainly cement the character as a fan favorite for the near future.