‘Shang-Chi’ Is Reviewing As A Top 10 MCU Movie

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‘Shang-Chi’ Is Reviewing As A Top 10 MCU Movie

Perhaps not since Guardians of the Galaxy have we seen Marvel premiere a comic IP this unknown to most of the general public, but Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is off to a strong start, racking up stellar reviews in early previews here. As a result? Shang-Chi (and star Simu Liu) is likely to be a household name soon enough here.

Right now, with 89 reviews in, Shang-Chi has racked up a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, which would make it a top 10 MCU film by score. Here’s where the current list stands:

1. Black Panther – 96%

2. Avengers: Endgame – 94%

3. Iron Man – 94%

4. Thor: Ragnarok – 93%

5. Spider-Man Homecoming – 92%

6. Guardians of the Galaxy – 92%

7. The Avengers – 91%

8. Spider-Man: Far from Home – 90%

9. Captain America: Civil War – 90%

10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 90%

So, it would be around 5-6, tied with the first Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. But that’s if the score holds.

Observers of early reviews will note that usually scores will fall once the review totals go from a few dozen to a few hundred. We have a recent example of this with The Suicide Squad, which was clocking a 98% score at first, the best-reviewed comic book movie ever made, but now it’s dropped to a 91%. Still very good and one of the DCEU’s highest, but it did fall.

If we’re using that as a yardstick, Shang-Chi could fall to maybe 85-86% or so. That would keep it inside the top 15 of MCU films, but outside the top 10. (Doctor Strange is #11 with 89%). Most recently, the MCU’s first film back from pandemic hiatus was Black Widow, which was an 80%. The lowest ever remains Thor: The Dark World at a 66%. I retain the opinion that is a correct placement, and generally speaking, the overall order of this is pretty acceptable to my own personal list, which is why I’m curious to see where Shang-Chi lands.

It’s a busy season for Marvel between Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home launching. That’s in addition to Disney Plus series, WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…? and Hawkeye airing this year (Ms. Marvel too, maybe). I do hope Shang-Chi is as good as these initial reviews say, and I will look forward to checking it out in a week or so when it releases official on September 2.

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