Why Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is not typical

The newest Marvel film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” is a rollicking, adventurous … wait, this can be a Marvel film? 

It’s certainly, and all the higher for not being essentially instantly recognizable as such. Shang-Chi is an intriguing character, however undoubtedly much less well-known than the members of the Avengers crew who get their very own spinoff movies. This works to the movie’s benefit, which, till the required chaotic ending, feels much less like a Marvel film and extra like an enchanting standalone epic.

It’s gloriously free (principally) of the Iron Man/Captain America/Black Widow/Captain Marvel cycle of tales and built-in plotlines, working by itself with simply occasional touches of Marvel Cinematic Universe required parts alongside the way in which.

Who cares what sort of film it’s? It’s merely a superb one, essentially the most culturally particular movie within the MCU since the very best of all of them, “Black Panther.” It provides a welcome depiction of Asian tradition and casting not usually seen in a big-budget Hollywood film — actually not in a Marvel film.