Marvel Star Fires Back at Disney CEO For Calling ‘Shang Chi’ an “Experiment”

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Lately, we have seen the Marvel world in the media after Scarlett Johansson sued Disney for their Black Widow release. Now, Marvel actor Simu Liu who plays Shang Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has spoke up against the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek.

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During the most recent earnings call for the Walt Disney Company, Chapek spoke on the upcoming film, which will release on September 3 theatrically, and then 45 days after its release, will be available on Disney+. When being asked about the release style for the film, Chapek stated:

“On ‘Shang-Chi,’ we think it’s actually going to be an interesting experiment for us, because it’s got only a 45-day window for us. So the prospect of being able to take a Marvel title to the [streaming] service after going theatrical at 45 days will be yet another data point to inform our actions going forward on our titles.”

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Lately, we have seen Disney simultaneously release films both theatrically and on Premier Access on Disney+, but this new release plan is something new for Disney. When Chapek called the film “an interesting experiment,” Liu was not a fan of the film’s description.

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Liu (@SimuLiu) took to Twitter and responded to Chapek’s description of Shang Chi.

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.

We are the surprise.

I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US.

On Twitter, it seems that Marvel fans are debating whether or not Liu took Chapek’s comment out of context, as the CEO was referring to the release plan for the film as an experiment, not the film as a whole.

What do you think of Simu Liu’s comment in response to Bob Chapek regarding Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings? Let us know in the comments below. 


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