Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Hilariously ‘Retrieves’ Infamous File Photos


Destin Daniel Cretton directed the pic, which was well received by viewers and critics. Marvel said shortly after the film’s debut that Shang-Chi 2 had been given the green light, with Liu set to reprise his role as the new MCU hero. Simu Liu, the hero of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, hilariously retrieves his iconic images. Liu rose to fame after appearing in Shang-Chi last year, although he is best known for his role in Kim’s Convenience.

Simu Liu in Legends of the Ten Rings

Though he’s become a fixture among Marvel fans, Liu has been candid about his early career as a stock image model and Spider-Man lookalike. The actor recently said he worked as a model for $120 while in credit card debt. Liu is shown in a number of circumstances in the photos, including working and working with a team of experts in a business setting. In addition to his role as Shang-Chi, Liu has just released We Were Dreamers, a memoir about his difficult path to becoming a Marvel hero.

Simu Liu hilariously recovers infamous stock photos

Simu Liu - The star of Shang-Chi Simu Liu
Simu Liu

Simu Liu comically alters his old Zumba stock photographs in an effort to ‘reclaim’ them in a new Twitter post celebrating his book’s appearance on the New York Times Bestseller list. Liu is seen working out while hugging We Were Dreamers in the edited versions of the photos. With Liu’s hand cutting the book or looking like his fingers have been cut off, the cuts clearly aren’t meant to be smooth. Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Munn, who provided the back cover blurbs, are also credited in the post by the Marvel star.

While now portraying one of the MCU’s main characters from Phase 4, it’s obvious that Simu Liu is happy to embrace and draw attention to his previous modeling work rather than trying to hide it. Many performers would be embarrassed by the work, but Liu’s effort to salvage the footage by using it to sell his book is a brilliant approach to honoring his story as we move forward. Users are clearly thrilled with the edits to the comments, with others even editing their own versions of Liu’s old stock footage to include the cover of We Were Dreamers.

We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu - Shang-Chi star Simu Liu
We were dreamers by Simu Liu

However, it’s unclear what Liu’s next move in the MCU will be, and whether Shang-Chi will participate in Avengers-style team-ups in addition to the planned sequel. For now, Liu’s quest to find his stock photographs seems to have succeeded, making him an even more popular figure. Beyond Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Simu Liu has proven to be an exciting new addition to the MCU, with many fans already demanding the character appear in another movie or show.


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