Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' star Simu Liu slams Disney CEO Bob Chapek: 'We are not an experiment'
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Simu Liu, the star of Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", railed against Disney CEO Bob Chapek on social media over the weekend after the executive said the film's 45-day exclusive theatrical release would be an "experiment" for the entertainment giant.
"On ‘Shang-Chi’, we think it's actually going to be an interesting experiment for us because it's got only a 45-day window for us," Chapek told analysts and investors on the company's third quarter earnings call last week. "The prospect of being able to take a Marvel title to the service after going theatrical with 45 days will be yet another data point to inform our actions going forward on our titles."
Liu sounded off on Twitter Saturday, arguing the film is "not an experiment."
"We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise," Liu said. "I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US."
Many users in the comments came to Chapek's defense, noting Liu had taken the executive's "experiment" statement out of context.
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The criticism from one of Marvel's newest stars comes as its original leading lady, Scarlett Johannson, filed a lawsuit against the company claiming the hybrid release in theaters and through Disney+ Premier Access breached her contract.
The suit claims that Johansson was guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release and that her bonuses are tied to the movie's box office performance. "Black Widow" took in a total of $215 million globally in its opening weekend, including $60 million from streaming. Disney has said Johansson's lawsuit has "no merit".