It takes a lot of work to become a superhero…especially when shirtless scenes seem to be contractual. Any star who takes on a role in a comic book adaptation often spends months preparing physically, carving out the abs and physique necessary to headline such a major studio blockbuster.
For Simu Liu, leading man of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, his preparation was even more intense. Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 25th installment is his very first role in a high profile feature…and third movie ever. That’s a lot of pressure, especially when the project parachutes a new character into the world’s most popular franchise.
According to the enthusiastic reviews greeting Destin Daniel Cretton’s martial arts fantasy actioner, Liu knocked it out of the park. In a new video, found below, the 32-year-old demonstrates the rigorous training he endured in order to ensure the best delivery of Shang-Chi.
It’s a shame that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is tracking for an MCU-low opening weekend, because critics are calling it one of the saga’s finest origin stories. Liu is a star in the making, no doubt.