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Simu Liu has now ascended to superstar status after the resounding success Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The MCU blockbuster has defied pandemic box office predictions to become a massive success, with Marvel Studios quickly confirming that a sequel is in development.
A fun side note to all of this was Simu Liu’s past as a stock photo model coming back to haunt him. Social media was flooded with photos of Liu as a dynamic and enthusiastic office worker, to which he reacted by turning against them. Shang Chi hateful. You’d think Liu’s fame would make companies think twice about using images featuring him, though Toshiba doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo:
But Toshiba might not be entirely at fault here. The photocopier model pictured is the Toshiba e-STUDIO 4508A, which launched in 2015, when Liu started making waves at CBC. Kim’s convenience. Judging by the slightly faded instruction booklet, I bet it’s from around the same time, so the graphic designers must not have known they had a future megastar on their hands.
Either way, it’s no surprise that stock photos of Liu keep popping up because, quite simply, they’re good stock photos. Liu clearly put in the effort during filming and it was this work ethic that got him to where he is today.
Liu will next play a character in Greta Gerwig Barbie film, as well as appearing in an upcoming thriller Hello Stranger. However, it’s his next appearance in the MCU that fans are most excited about, so hopefully he’ll be back in a Disney Plus movie or show sooner rather than later.