Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has attracted quite the buzz after it was released in theatres across the world.
Marvel Studios’ latest installment as a part of “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has all the thrills and spills that have grown synonymous with the widely adored franchise over the years and racked up a whopping $140 million in the first weekend after releasing worldwide – as per Forbes.
While the Simu Liu-starrer had plenty and yet some more for the die-hard action fanatics, it also happened to have something appealing to a very different demographic too.
Liverpool hints and references in the new Marvel film
Liverpool fans were left pleasantly surprised and buzzing after the Merseyside outfit were referred to multiple times in the new Marvel movie.
Destin Daniel Cretton’s action flick featured a number of obvious nods to the Premier League side courtesy of the Fake Mandarin, a role that was reprised by Ben Kingsley since he last appeared in a Marvel movie – the third film of the Iron Man franchise released in 2013.
Eight years on, Kingsley returned as the decoy of the famous MCU villain and threw subtle nods to the six-time Champions League winners.
If his bravely attempted but futile Scouse accent was not an obvious enough reference, the director was lenient enough to leave a Liverpool scarf lying in the background for one of the scenes featuring the Mandarin decoy.
This came years after Kingsley made his first appearance in the MCU, as a scene of the 2013-released blockbuster featured the fake Mandarin watching a Premier League match in his hide-out – featuring none other than usual suspects Liverpool.
While some fans shrugged it off as a coincidence back then, Liverpool’s return to the big screen in 2021 made the club supporters think that maybe the reference was not too innocuous after all.
Shang-Chi which released worldwide in cinemas but is yet to be featured on streaming services brought back the audiences for a brilliant roller-coaster of an action flick that introduced the Asian counterparts of the Avengers.
But not only has the movie got the millions of Marvel fanatics across the world talking about it, it has also made the rounds on Twitter amongst buzzing Liverpool supporters who were delighted to see their club get a number of Easter eggs dedicated to them in front of a global audience.