Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings screenwriter Dave Callaham says that the film’s antagonist, Wenwu (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), was one of the trickier aspects of the script to nail down. The film itself is the latest section into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first MCU Phase 4 venture to adapt an altogether new superhero from the pages of Marvel Comics. Shang-Chi is also significant in that it is the first mainstream comic book film to feature an Asian-American superhero.
In a new meeting with THR, screenwriter Dave Callaham talked about the difficulties he encountered while composing Wenwu. According to Callaham, the character is meant to be both a tragic figure and a villainous antagonist so “Finding that balance was interesting.” Check out the author’s full comments beneath:
Callaham makes a highlight emphasize that the author’s behind Shang-Chi “wanted [Wenwu] to be three-dimensional.” Shang-Chi’s incessant use of flashbacks gave the ideal chance to the film to flesh out the character’s desires and motivations. Clearly, their efforts paid off, with Tony Leung’s performance as the immortal wrongdoing master being one of the most unanimously praised aspects of the film overall.
While future MCU projects shouldn’t outright duplicate the template that rejuvenated Wenwu, they should nevertheless take notes on the most proficient method to construct convincing villains. One of the most continuous criticisms evened out toward the MCU is its lack of strong antagonists. The studio has started to amend these issues as of late with more three-dimensional villains like Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Thanos (Josh Brolin); in any case, the criticisms nevertheless persist with later projects like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow. As the MCU moves forward, future filmmakers should look toward Shang-Chi as an example of how to do a villain right.