Simu Liu Gives His Thoughts On Whether Shang-Chi Would Ever Marry Katy
ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu show whether ShangChi would ever think about marrying Katy (Awkwafina). Destin Daniel Cretton directed Shang-Chi. It was well-received by critics and viewers and proved to be a success for the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office, despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic. The franchise’s phenomenal success with Shangchi has been confirmed for a sequel and is currently in its early stages of development.
ShangChi traces the origin story of the titular hero, who teams up with his sister Xialing(Meng’er Zhang) and his childhood friend Katy. Xiang (Katy) and Shang-Chi accompany Wenwu (Tony Leung), the leader of Ten Rings. As their trust and loyalty are shown as spiritual, the film also highlights the unique relationship between ShangChi and Katy.
Interview with Jessica Henwick from Iron Fist, Liu discusses his character’s relationship to Katy in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Henwick questions Liu about the Ten Rings and asks him if Shang Chi would ever propose to Katy with one. Liu responds by reiterating the genuine friendship between the two and stating that it is rare for a platonic relationship to be shown onscreen. He believes that Shang Chi and Katy shouldn’t be romantically involved. You can read his complete comment below.
“Shaun & Katy get along so well. It’s refreshing to see a man or woman in a relationship on television. While I don’t think they will ever fall in love, it is not something that’s been hinted at. The movie is wonderful and I believe it represents many of the male-female friendships I have in my life. We’ll all see how the story ends, but I do think that Shaun and Katy should be romantically involved. No .”
Shang Chi is the first Asian-led superhero film. It avoids the racial stereotypes common in the recurring narrative about superheroes who require a love interest and the tropes that go with them. Many stories are dependent on the drama of the love interest being in danger, but Shangchi allows characters to develop and arc without romantic progression. Fans speculate about the possible connection between Katy and Shang-Chi. This means that anything could happen in the sequel. Cretton previously stated that he was open to the idea for Katy and Xialing to be romantically paired due to fans petitioning to deepen their connection.
It’s rare to see the supportive friendship and bond Katy, Shang-Chi has in ShangChi and the Legends of the Ten Rings in movies today. It makes sense that Liu longs for their friendship to continue, and he enjoys seeing their relationship on screen. The possibility of pairing the two with MCU fan favorites is possible, even though viewers have begun to speculate about their past.
Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings are both male-led films. However, Awkwafina’s Katy is proof that the Phase 4 MCU has realized that they have a problem with their female characters. Since its inception, the MCU has struggled to understand how female characters fit into a world dominated by male superheroes. However, with Katy’s arrival, there is a significant change in the way the franchise depicts women onscreen.
There is a mixed record in the MCU for female characters. Iron Man Pepper Potts had excellent organization skills and snarky snark. However, her early development was limited to her role in guiding Tony towards responsibility. Jane Foster, Thor was brilliant but could not speak complete sentences when Thor looked at her. Despite her abilities as an assassin and spy, it took Natasha Romanov a whole decade to make her feature movie with Black Widow. The MCU films often feature strong, interesting female characters who never fully developed, such as Frigga and MJ. Some female heroes were overshadowed and used as motivational bait to their male counterparts in Antman or the Wasp. With Phase 4 in Black Widow, Natasha and Yelena broke through the glass ceiling. These two women opened up doors for the MCU’s female side characters to develop and grow in desperately needed ways.