Simu Liu has been challenged by Dwayne Johnson to a battle between their respective MCU vs DCEU personas, Black Adam vs Shang-Chi. Liu is coming off a tremendous hit with the September release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which earned over $400 million. Furthermore, Johnson’s DC debut, Black Adam, is expected to be released in July of next 2022. The two movies are the creations of competitive comic book-based film studios that have primarily attempted to separate themselves from one another. Having said that, DC icons Batman and Superman were both featured in Marvel’s most recent November publication, Eternals.
The launch of Johnson’s movie has been a long process. The film Black Adam has been in the process since 2007, and it will be released theatrically very soon. Because of the long wait, there is a lot of excitement around the coming of the anti-hero. Johnson has come a long way since his initial audition for the part of Black Adam over a decade previously. The actor is a Hollywood A-lister who has been in two billion-dollar Fast and Furious movies, as well as several more successes such as the current Jungle Cruise or Red Notice. Johnson has just become one of the industry’s top stars, and he seems to have the time to shoot the film he promised to so long time ago.
Johnson shared a photo of himself and Liu at last week’s People’s Choice Awards, where they both won. He complimented Liu on winning Action Movie Star of 2021 and challenged Shang-Chi to a “dance with The Man In Black.” Later in his post, Johnson joked that the Marvel superhero would “need a lot more than 10 Rings,” which he followed up with some fun smiling devil and winking emojis. Take a look at Johnson’s post below:
Johnson’s use of the word “dance” suggests that he wanted his DC figure and Liu’s Shang-Chi to duel. Most superheroes prefer fighting over dance-offs (excluding James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy). It would be fascinating to see a confrontation between the two comic book characters. Because the movie has yet to be aired, Black Adam’s combat technique on display is unclear. Shang-Chi, on the other hand, had some of the best action scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, thanks in large part to Liu’s remarkable stunt work. While the styles of Marvel and DC may collide, a duel between Black Adam and Shang-Chi has some genuine promise.
However, a crossover between the Black Adam and Shang-Chi concepts is quite impossible. Marvel and DC are strong competitors that like to advertise themselves above their rivals. Of course, Johnson is well aware of the tense situation and was only maintaining his typical light-hearted presence on social media. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to see an industry icon like Johnson publicly promote rising performers like Liu, despite their opposing studio circumstances. Deeds like this are what made Johnson deserving of the title of People’s Champion.