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Marvel's Long Awaited 'Shang-Chi' Release Is Marred With Controversy After Disney CEO Calls Film An 'Experiment'

Aug. 15 2021, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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Disney's latest superhero flick Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently embroiled in social controversy after Disney CEO, Bob Chapek made a comment that upset the movie's lead actor, Simu Liu.

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The star of the Marvel movie is unhappy because the CEO referred to the movie — which has a primarily Asian led cast and filmmaking team — as an "interesting experiment".

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Liu has since turned to Twitter to voice his concerns about the potentially problematic comments. "We are not an experiment. We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year."

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He continued, "We are the surprise. I'm fired the f*** up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US!" His words have now sparked comparisons to another super-hero film, Black Panther.

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Now, some fans think that Liu jumped the gun with his comments, and suggest that the actor misinterpreted Chapek's words, saying that the exec was simply referring to the pandemic and challenging times for new movie releases.

More specifically, unlike other Disney films during the past year where movies were released to Disney+ at the same time as theatres, Shang-Chi will get an exclusive 45-day run in theatres, which is potentially the "experiment" that the CEO spoke of.

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Whatever the meaning behind Chapek's words, it is clear the Shang-Chi lead isn't a fan of the wording. Liu disagrees that this film and its actors should be used as an experiment of any type given the significance of the cast and the importance of representation.

He is also not pleased about the lack of promotion Disney has invested into the movie in comparison to other Marvel movies.

Liu is not the first actor who has been displeased with Disney's marketing and premiere habits as of late. As OK! previously reported, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson recently filed a suit against the company for breach of contract when they released the highly anticipated Marvel installment on Disney+ Premiere Access instead of a full theatrical release.

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