Marvel’s Shang-Chi star reveals reason his character wore Air Jordan sneakers

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Simu Liu was far from confident about choosing to give Shang-Chi a pair of sneakers as part of his superhero uniform, but warmed to the idea after realizing what the costume designer and the studio were looking for, the actor revealed. during a recent interview. The idea, according to artist Andy Park, was to give the character an element of his look that was “uniquely his.” It may seem more necessary with Shang-Chi than with other Marvel characters, as the appearance of the armor in her outfit is from her mother, and the Ten Rings are linked to her father.

Park said the character, who went from a karate gi to a Bruce Lee-inspired jumpsuit to various other looks over the decades in the comics, was rebuilt from the ground up for the film. There was no mandate from Marvel to keep these elements, so the idea was to make the character look respectful of his comic book roots but not beholden to them.

“I fought against this initially,” Liu admitted during a conversation with Inverse. “I remember trying on the costume and thinking, ‘Is he the first superhero to wear running shoes? He should be wearing combat boots or something.’ I didn’t see it the way they saw it. “

Later, however, he did come – although apparently not until the film hit production. Maybe it was around other super characters and seeing the different presentation.

“When we got into production, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s actually really cool,'” said Liu. “It makes him relatable.” Especially, apparently, for Western audiences.

“I wanted to give him a piece that is his own,” Park added in the same post. “That’s why I added the shoes, to have something western of his own. It’s the story of him. You see it on his costume.”

In Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings, Shang-Chi must face the past he thought he left behind when he was drawn into the network of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film stars Liu alongside Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley and Benedict Wong. Shang-Chi is now in select theaters, having broken box office records over the Labor Day weekend and became one of the highest grossing films of 2021, and also available on Disney +.


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