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Simu Liu Celebrates History-Making Role As Marvel’s First Asian Superhero

Simu Liu has become the first Asian actor to lead a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he’s celebrating the significance of this moment with a heartfelt message to all those involved in making it happen.

The 32-year-old who stars in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, took to Instagram following the movie’s premiere on Friday, not only sharing some fan art by Jarvis Kim which shows young children looking up to this new superhero in action, but also highlighting the importance of representation:


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“The sun rose today to a world where Asian superheroes exist as the leads of their story; that is the gift that @destindaniel and @marvel studios has bestowed upon all of us, across all communities, everywhere. A celebration and a sharing of culture, of language, of laughter, of excitement, of sorrow and of heartbreak,” he writes before thanking Destin, the Hawaiian-born director who is also behind movies such as The Glass Castle and Short Term 12. 


“I need to say a few words about our director, who has put more work into this thing than you could possibly imagine. Thank you for making this all happen, Destin. For your thoughtfulness, for the dedication and commitment you showed each and every day, for the personal sacrifices you made, and for giving me the opportunity to be a vessel for your story. I will never be able to repay what I have learned from my time with you.”

Simu continues to thank the cast including AwkwafinaRonny Chieng, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong and Fala Chen:

“I felt like I was among legends each and every day. Thank you for your patience and generosity. You are all magnificent in this movie.”


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“I’ve said before that this film will change the world. A smile where there wasn’t one before. Pride where there was shame. Compassion where there was ignorance. If we reach out and touch even one person, then aren’t all of our lives better for it?” Simu asks.

He also thanks Disney for “throwing the full weight” of their platform behind the movie.


“Many people did not understand that marketing during a pandemic presented unique challenges, or that we worked closely together throughout the entire process.”

Simu ends his meaningful post with five words that will resonate with people around the world:

“Today, finally, we make history.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is out now.

(Feature Image Credit: photo by Eugene Powers/Shutterstock.com)

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