Variety reports that Feige spoke out about Fu Manchu’s character, which has been widely seen as a stereotypical and racist Yellow Peril symbol, stating, “[Fu Manchu] is not a character we own or would ever want to own. It was changed in the comics many, many, many years ago. We never had any intention of [having him] in this movie. Definitively, Fu Manchu is not in this movie, is not Shang-Chi’s father, and again, is not even a Marvel character, and hasn’t been for decades.”
In the interview, Feige also comments on the character Shang-Chi and his urge to abandon his home country for the West, “That sense of running away [...] is presented as one of his flaws. It is a flaw to run away to the West and to hide from his legacy and his family – that’s how the movie is presented. And how he will face that and overcome that is part of what the story’s about.” Recently, Simu Liu, who is slated to play the titular character, spoke out about Disney CEO Bob Chapek on calling the film an “interesting experiment.”
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings releases on September 3.
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