Inspired by the Black Panther Challenge, director Destin Daniel Cretton is giving his support to a charity effort to take kids to see Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Daniel Deston Cretton supports a fundraiser that wants to take kids to see his film in theaters. Marvel Studios has been developing a Shang-Chi film since the studio was founded in 2005, and it is finally set to open in a 45 day theatrically exclusive window. The film features a prominently Asian cast that includes Simu Liu, Awkawfina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, and Tony Leung.
Similar to Black Panther in 2018, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a major move for Marvel Studios when it comes to representation in front of and behind the camera, as far as the heroes of its franchise. Star Simu Liu wants Shang-Chi to have as big of an impact that Black Panther had, as it was the opportunity for many, particularly kids, to see themselves represented on screen in a way they had never quite felt. That inspired The Black Panther Challenge, which had multiple charities raising funds to take kids to see Black Panther in theaters. Now it looks like private individuals want to be able to do the same for kids to see Shang-Chi.
Ron Han has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley to take over 100 kids to go see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in a private screening. The private screening will allow the kids to see themselves represented on screen, and it will be taking proper safety precautions like mask and temperature checks. The Shang-Chi Challenge is hoping that more charities across the country will organize efforts to take kids in more locations worldwide to see the film. Cretton threw his support behind the challenge by showing the charity on his Instagram, which can be seen below:
Unlike Black Widow, which was released in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access, Shang-Chi has been given an exclusive theatrical release window that many have criticized Disney for in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. Bob Chapek called the release an experiment, which in turn caused Liu to release his own response, noting the film was the underdog and should have every chance to succeed. As many kids under 12 cannot get a vaccine, a private screening is a safer option for them to see the film.
While a lot will be written about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings box-office performance, compared to other MCU films and other pandemic releases, that is not the only gauge of success or even the most important in the long term. Shang-Chi is a film that will impact kids for generations to come and is one that many audience members have been waiting years for. Many people’s fondest memories of a film, one that really spoke to them or inspired them, are often ones they saw as a kid in a theater with friends or family, and this is an opportunity to treat kids that may not often get the chance to go to the theater. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings could be not only a great way for these kids to spend an afternoon but could be a memory that lasts a lifetime.
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