Actor Simu Liu, who features Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has commented on Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek for naming the upcoming Marvel superhero movie an “experiment” for the studio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chapek commented on an income call on Thursday while talking about the company’s plans for theatrical releases, calling Shang-Chi “an interesting experiment for us” as the movie only has a 45-day theatrical window.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi will be premiered theatrically on September 3. Also featuring Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng, Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh, the movie will arrive on the company’s streamer Disney Plus 45 days after its release in cinema halls.
Liu, who plays the lead martial arts superhero Shang-Chi, rejected Chapek’s remarks on Twitter Saturday saying the movie is “not an experiment” but a “celebration of culture and joy” in these testing times.
“We are not an experiment. We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise,” the Chinese-Canadian actor said.
“I’m fired the f*** up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US,” Liu added concluding his tweet.
Shang-Chi captions Disney’s second live-action tentpole starring Asian main characters released during the pandemic.
The first was Mulan, which was premiered on September 4, 2020, and was made accessible on Disney Plus Premier Access the same day.