Is Shang-Chi preparing to be Marvel’s worst failure?

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We are a few weeks away from the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the next big project of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in a year full of productions both in film and television. This is a new character that will join the great family of the franchise, so fans are waiting to see what they will find, although estimates of its box office performance are not favorable. A sure failure?

Simu Liu will be the protagonist of the film, accompanied by a cast composed of Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng. The official synopsis anticipates the following: “Shang-Chi must face the past that he thought he had left behind when he finds himself engulfed in the mysterious web of the Ten Rings”.

After Black Widow things seem to change at Disney, as the film starring Scarlett Johansson did not do well in theaters and is said to Shang-Chi can follow in his footsteps, but in a more drastic way. Its launch will only be in theaters and not by the Disney + streaming service, so a revenue window will close there, which was also important for Mulán and Cruella.

According to the data of BoxOffice Pro, Shang-Chi is estimated to be able to fetch between $ 35 million to $ 55 million in his first weekend, below Hulk: The Incredible Man of 2008 and Ant-Man of 2015, the two feature films with the MCU’s “worst” openings. However, at a time when the Coronavirus pandemic continues, these are numbers that compared to other projects are acceptable, although not for marvel.

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That is not all, since in the last days Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney, described the movement to remove the Premier Access for this occasion and that it reaches the platform 45 days after its premiere as an experiment”, something that aroused controversy in Simu Liu. The actor of Shang-Chi answered: “We are not an experiment. We are the celebration of culture and pleasure that perseveres after a year of battle.”. The film will hit theaters on September 3 and there we will know their destiny.

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