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As much as I try to make Shang Chi my favorite Marvel film, Awkwafina really had no reason to be in this movie, aside from she’s Asian and easy comedic relief. Much rather they focused on the siblings relationship.

As much as I try to make Shang Chi my favorite Marvel film, Awkwafina really had no reason to be in this movie, aside from she’s Asian and easy comedic relief. Much rather they focused on the siblings relationship.

As much as I try to make Shang Chi my favorite Marvel film, Awkwafina really had no reason to be in this movie, aside from she’s Asian and easy comedic relief. Much rather they focused on the siblings relationship.

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  1. Actually it’s always nice to have female characters that aren’t love interests or superheroes

  2. Yes, it would have been much better if Shang Chi was a friendless moper with no life.

    Akwafina was in it because she’s talented and funny and to show that Shang Chi had a different life outside of his father’s influence. Then she showed how heroes like Shang Chi inspire the people around them to be the best version of themselves as she trained and contributed to the final battle.

    This movie would have been so much less without her.

  3. I honestly love Katy. The only thing that I would change about her is the fact that she has this arc about seeing though and working hard on what she is good at. Bitch is the Asian Jeff Gordon! It would have made more sense for her character arc to understand that she is a great driver (honestly one of the best in the MCU) and we should have seen Razorfist’s car with Katy in the driver’s seat hitting a ramp and ramming the car into the chest of the Dweller in darkness instead of flawlessly shooting an arrow.

  4. Her inclusion was important to show that men and women can be platonic best friends.
    They had that with Nat and Steve, but since those two are no longer around, these two fill that role. I can’t think of any other MCU male/female pairings that come close (Clint and Kate have more of a mentor relationship. Are they friends? Sure. But they are not best friends).

    Also, characters like the one she plays is a surrogate for us, the viewers. She is a “normal” person thrown into very unusual circumstances. Her character (and character’s like her) are useful as exposition dumps. Fish out of water characters are used to fill in the blanks of the story that would not work through other storytelling methods (although, l acknowledge that this is a lazy, yet effective way of getting everyone in the story on the same page).

    Also, these types of characters often perform small but meaningful actions that contribute to the overall victory of the hero.

  5. Isn’t Akwafina supposed to represent his newfound American ideals which are then challenged and forced to evolve when confronted with his true Asian heritage??

  6. I just don’t understand the weird defense of this not very good character. I’m guessing the idea was audience surrogate but the movie didn’t really need one. SHe also really didn’t bring anything new to the “wacky friend” secondary character that marvel will sometimes use.

  7. She had a very important role in the movie. She was the audience’s avatar. She was the person with no previous knowledge or experience with Ta Lo, the Ten Ring, Wenwu, or any of the rest of it. She’s the reason the story had to explain stuff along the way. Without her there’d be no reason for Shang-Chi to explain who Xialing is, or their backstory training under their father. Everyone in the plot would already understand all of it because they lived through it.

    It’s a pretty common narrative device to include an “outsider” character as the avatar for the audience to provide a plot reason to explain everything.

  8. I actually like that they showed a man and a woman could be friends without having any sexual tension between them, that was a really nice change of pace.

  9. I really don’t like you bringing up her being Asian. It has nothing to do with the point.
    I wonder if you meantion race in white characters that you feel are extraneous.

  10. pretty much all marvel comic reliefs are like this completely useless and have humor that has more misses than hits

  11. Guess I posted an unpopular opinion, all I’m saying is I’m a sucker for “unhappy endings” and I loved Xu Xia Ling taking over the criminal enterprise instead of dissolving it. I’d much prefer to see more of her than Katy cause her arc was basically funny girl friend of Shang Chi to shooting magical arrows in the end out of nowhere. I’m not hating this is just my opinion.

    Shang Chi and Xia Ling would have made an absolutely bomb duo in the film

  12. Katy’s presence was okay and justified in the US part of the movie. What I can’t fathom is *how* people at Marvel thought it wouldn’t be weird a powerless civilian travelling the world with his high trained assassin friend just because “he might need some help”. From the moment Shang Chi took that plane to China Katy’s role became a complete abomination.

    And I ain’t even comment about her comedic skills…

  13. they needed an ugly clown just in case they felt like giving the asian male kung fu eunuch a love interest maybe down the line