Representation matters. Just look at how mad some fans got when the Mandarin wasn’t represented as an actual villain in Iron Man 3. But we should also consider that the Mandarin has a history that began long before he was created in the 1960s -- a history that is, to put it in one word, yikes. And if, instead of one word, we used 15 facts, it could be these.

ALSO, SHANG CHI FINALLY MADE FU MANCHU ACTUALLY ASIAN. As Xu Wenwu is partly an updated, humanized version of Fu Manchu, this would make Tony Leung the first Chinese actor to play this notorious Chinese character. Ever. After an entire century.


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