It’s been less than 24 hours since Kevin Feige graced the stage at Hall H to announce Marvel Studios’ plans for Phase Four. Even so, the superhero cinematic powerhouse’s Comic-Con presentation has already been picked apart and analyzed to death. Though a few nuggets of newsworthy information and, in the case of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu, some goofy addition of note are still spilling out. Liu’s is especially fun since the Kim’s Convenience actor has been tweeting about Marvel and diversity for years.
First revealed in December, Marvel’s Shang-Chi movie was reportedly making progress in the casting department before Saturday’s panel, where Feige and director Destin Daniel Cretton introduced Liu as the leading superhero. Awkwafina and Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, who’s set to play the real Mandarin, were also announced.
But let’s not forget Liu’s tweets, because they’re amazing and hilarious.
In 2014, Liu tweeted at Marvel’s official account with congratulations for its work on Captain America and Thor. “Now how about an Asian American hero?” he added. Almost exactly five years later, he was on the stage at Hall H, which prompted this rather appropriate response.
More specifically, around the time that The Hollywood Reporter first revealed Marvel’s plans for a Shang-Chi movie, Liu tweeted at the company again, asking “are we gonna talk or what”? Less than a year later, well… you get the picture.
Needless to say, Twitter just couldn’t believe how things had turned out for Liu.
Hilarity notwithstanding, Liu was quick to say that since “the craziness is over, the work begins.”