Crossovers within the comedian world are at all times enjoyable to see on display, however real-life interactions between franchise stars are even higher! On June 16, Marvel actors Chloe Bennet and Simu Liu brought about fairly the stir amongst followers once they posed for a trio of selfies and shared them on-line. “Oh look it’s marvels first asian superhero..and @SimuLiu is also in the pic too,” Bennet captioned a shady tweet on Thursday. Liu joined in on the joke, too, and posted an identical set of images on his Instagram web page with the caption, “Marvel’s first Asian superhero posing with some guy.”
While the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actor might have been poking enjoyable together with her declare as Marvel’s first main Asian star (Liu is the primary Asian superhero in a Marvel film), the reality behind the joke is a reminder that Marvel solely lately began ramping up its range efforts.
Bennet, who’s of half-Chinese descent, joined the Marvel world in 2013 when she was cast as her character Daisy “Skye” Johnson in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” whereas “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” breakout star Liu joined the MCU in 2019 when he was cast because the titular character of his movie. Both actors take delight of their heritage however have additionally expressed frustrations over the dearth of Asian illustration in Hollywood.
“I mean, as long as we’re talking about it, the change isn’t necessarily complete, if you know what I mean,” Bennet instructed Looper in a 2020 interview. In a 2021 interview with Yahoo Finance, Liu stated, “What I’m starting to see is that the gates are opening. . . . ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was kind of the moment that opened the floodgates for all of us. But it doesn’t mean that we should be content with A, you know, the opportunities that we’ve had, and B, with just being told when our time is.”
Bennet’s newest declare appears to be in good enjoyable, however the true hope is to see extra Asian actors be a part of the likes of individuals like her, Liu, “Doctor Strange” star Benedict Wong, and different gifted Asian writers, administrators, and creatives.
Check out Bennet and Liu’s selfies above and forward.