Shang-Chi: will the fight scenes mark a turning point at Marvel?

Shang-chi: will the fight scenes mark a turning point at marvel?

Expected to hit theaters on September 1, Shang-Chi promises spectacular fight scenes. A recently released video shows how these sequences were designed. Will they mark a turning point in the Marvel universe?

If the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to offer us action scenes of anthology, we can not really say that the combat choreographies are of the same ilk.

Indeed, difficult to retain a striking sequence extremely well filmed and staged in the twenty films forming the MCU. However, since the announcement of the Shang-Chi project, hope was in order. Were we going to have fight scenes worthy of the name at Marvel?

The trailers seem to corroborate this, with a Simu Liu in really great shape and the casting presence of Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh. The latter marked the spirits in the martial arts films The Grandmaster and Tiger and Dragon, among others.

FILMING THE FIGHT SCENES

A promo video unveiled on the Marvel Entertainment YouTube channel reveals behind the scenes of the shooting of the fight sequences. Director Destin Daniel Cretton, producer Kevin Feige and comedians Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen and Awkwafina discuss their experiences on the action scenes.

Fight choreographer Andy Cheng also steps in, including discussing the bus footage and the fact that the fights had to be perfect. The latter is a seasoned stuntman who has collaborated for a long time with Jackie Chan, from Mister Cool to Rush Hour via Shanghai Kid.

A PREVIEW OF A BATTLE SCENE MADE IN ANDY CHENG

A BRILLIANT FIGHTER

He then participated in many large-scale productions as a stuntman or fight coordinator. Lost, Mission Impossible 3, Collateral, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fall of the White House … Andy Cheng has an impressive hunting scene in Hollywood. He is also the one who took care of the choreography for Michael Bay’s recent 6 Underground.

So we can trust him for Shang-Chi. He has surely concocted some nice surprises for us. We can get a glimpse of it in this promo video but also in the trailers, while waiting to discover the film on September 1 at the cinema.

Note that Simu Liu reveals the different styles of martial arts that we can see in the feature film. The actor evokes Tai Chi and Wing Chun, a discipline popularized by a certain Ip Man, master of Bruce Lee.

Will the MCU finally have epic, thrilling fight sequences? Answer back to school! In any case, it is excellent news that Marvel is finally inspired by Asian action cinema, hoping that this way of approaching clashes is perpetuated outside the universe specific to Shang-Chi.

THE VIDEO WITH THE INTERVENTION OF ANDY CHENG

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