Who is Simu Liu, Marvel’s First Asian Superhero and Star of ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’?

/Film | 7/22/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Who is Simu Liu, Marvel’s First Asian Superhero and Star of ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’?

Marvel is making history with its upcoming comic book film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will feature the studio’s first-ever Asian superhero. Shang-Chi, a character created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in the early 1970s in the midst of global martial arts mania, has some odds stacked against him. He’s a character steeped in the stereotypes of the time, and he’s a little-known superhero outside of diehard Marvel Comics fans. But Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who was announced as the star of the highly anticipated Marvel movie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, is more than worthy of rising up to the task of bringing Shang-Chi into the modern era.

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Simu Liu may not be a household name Stateside, but the actor is a rising star in his home country of Canada and a beloved figure in the Asian diaspora community thanks to his role in the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Here’s what you need to know.

Who is Simu Liu?

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Born in China and raised in Canada, Simu Liu may not be known in the U.S., but he has been modestly making a name for himself on the other side of the border. Liu began acting in 2012 after a short-lived career in finance and accounting, getting extra work in the CW series Nikita and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim before working as a stunt performer on NBC’s Heroes Reborn. He landed his first major role in the Canadian crime drama Blood and Water (and even landed a few TV award nominations for it), but it wasn’t until Liu was cast as a co-lead in the sitcom Kim’s Convenience that he really hit it big.

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