MCU: All 33 Marvel Cinematic Universe films ranked from worst to best

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015 /
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Shang-Chi, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Watch Shang-Chi online
Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

7. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The MCU’s fourth phase is built on Marvel Studios’ promise to introduce us to a new generation of heroes in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings marked its first attempt to do that with a brand new character. And it quickly proved that the franchise could still easily thrive with new heroes at the helm because Shang-Chi ended up being the studio’s best standalone movie in years.

With a vivid exploration of Asian culture, it is full of stunning visuals and heartfelt storytelling, solidifying its central character as not only a great protagonist for the movie at hand but a great hero that would be at home at the forefront of the MCU for years to come. Its most impressive aspect? Well that might just have to go to the fighting sequences – which boast ambitious stunts as well as what is, without question, the greatest choreography in the history of the franchise.

The movie was also a major step forward for Asian representation on the big screen, with Simu Liu’s casting as the titular character making it the first Asian-led Marvel movie and its success will no doubt pave the way for more movies like it. And if they are anything like Shang-Chi, they will have very bright futures.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had a lot to compete with on the Marvel front, arriving the same year that franchise vets have starred in critically-acclaimed Disney Plus shows and Spider-Man finally splits open the multiverse, but it set itself apart as a unique and compelling origin story that we’ll still be talking about many years from now.