China Mulling Ban on Marvel Superhero Film 'Shang-Chi'

China Mulling Ban on Marvel Superhero Film 'Shang-Chi'

In a possible massive blow to Disney and Marvel Studio’s coffers, Chinese officials are mulling the idea of banning from their theaters the new all-Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Officials claim to be incensed because the story has its origins based on the 100-year-old Fu Manchu character.

Disney purposefully set out to put a positive gloss on Chinese culture in the production of the estimated $150 million film, and an all-Asian principal cast leads the feature. Parts of the film are spoken in Mandarin, leading some critics to laud the dialog as a “breakthrough” for Marvel.

Nonetheless, China’s censors may not approved the movie for the massive Chinese market, the Daily Mail reported.

Simu Liu is “Shang-Chi” in Marvel Studios’ “Legend of the Ten Rings.” (Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios)

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Chinese authorities are reportedly concerned about the origins of the main comic book character, Shang-Chi

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