Simu Liu’s Viral Shang-Chi Tweet Is Now On A Hollywood Billboard
Simu Liu’s viral ShangChi Twitter asking Marvel to discuss bringing the character to life has been featured on a Hollywood billboard. Liu started his career as a stuntman and extra. He gained prominence in 2015 when he was cast in series regular roles on the Canadian crime drama Blood and Water and the critically acclaimed sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Later, the 32-year-old Liu would land the role of the hero in Shang-Chi’s Legend of the Ten Rings.
Marvel Cinematic Universe explored Shang-Chi’s origin stories as he was the descendant from Wenwu (the leader of the Ten Rings criminal organisation and more commonly known as the Mandarin throughout the world). Shang-Chi, desperate to live a normal lifestyle, abandons the mission his father had sent him on. He hides in San Francisco but finds himself pulled back into his past by the Ten Rings, who appear and seek him out with his sister. Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings proved to be another commercial and critical hit for Marvel Studios. It brought in more than $432 million amid the pandemic, and received the highest MCU Cinemascore score since the original Iron Man.
Tweethas announced that Simu Liu’s viral Shang-Chi tweet and the Legend of the Ten Ringstweet are now featured on a Hollywood billboard. This advertisement is part the new platform’s campaign encouraging users tweet their hopes and goals into existence. Other celebrities who have used it include Demi Lovato, Patrick Mahomes and Issa Rae. The billboard is below.
Liu’s viral ShangChi tweet was the talk of town for years. There were calls for Marvel Studios not only to expand its roster of heroes, but also for the star to be cast in the role. Despite the popularity of the post and its premonition-like nature, Liu would admit that he wasn’t ready to stop talking about it in the days leading up to ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings_’ release. He jokedly refers to his tweet response after his casting, which addressed the absurdity of the situation. Although he might be ready to move on with the tweet, the billboard still serves as a sweet tribute to his time in that role.
Marvel has already begun to plan for the future of the character after the success of the first Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Destin Daniel Cretton, co-writer and director, will be returning to direct the sequel. Liu teased that he had begun to pitch story ideas with larger MCU connections than his predecessor. Until then, viewers can catch up on Shang-Chi or the Legend of the Ten Ringson Disney+.