Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hit theaters last year and featured Simu Liu’s debut in the lead role. The movie also had a lot of fun new characters, including Morris, the lovable Dijiang who is basically a mythical, faceless chicken. In the film, Morris is the companion of Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) and he is originally from Ta Lo. Turns out the people who made Shang Chi didn’t think Morris was going to do the final cut. In fact, director Destin Daniel Cretton recently revealed that screenwriter Dave Callahan had to get a Morris tattoo after losing a bet.
“Early on @shangchi’s development, screenwriter @stingrza and I had the crazy idea to put a 6-legged faceless flying creature named Morris in our movie. We made a deal that if Morris did the final cut , Dave would add it to his personal collection of tattoos. So glad to know Morris will be around for many years to come. Tattoo art by @scragpie. @marvelstudios,” Cretton wrote on Instagram. You can watch a video of Callahan getting the tattoo below:
“Shang-Chi” director Destin Daniel Cretton has released a video of co-writer Dave Callaham getting a Morris tattoo. Callaham reportedly said he would if the creature was in the final cut of the film. pic.twitter.com/yCcNQmf1yz
— Shang-Chi Brasil (@ShangChiBR) May 6, 2022
It was recently announced that Cretton will lead a Shang Chi sequel with Liu returning to play the hero. Hopefully Morris will be back too! Not only Shang Chi having a record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, but it also had the highest viewership score of any Marvel Cinematic Universe film on Rotten Tomatoes (it’s now tied with Spider-Man: No Way Oute). The film received positive reviews from critics, earning a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes after 331 reviews, and it also earned an impressive 98% Audience Score after over 10,000 reviews. ComicBook.com gave the film a 4.5 out of 5, calling it “one of the best origin stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date”.
Back in March, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringss won the award for “Character Animation, Live Action” at the Annie Awards. At the 2nd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards, Shang Chi also scored five nominations. The Marvel movie was up for Best Superhero Movie, Best Actor in a Superhero Movie (Tony Leung), Best Actor in a Superhero Movie (Simu Liu), Best Actress in a Superhero Movie (Michelle Yeoh) and Best Villain in a Motion Picture (Tony Leung). Shang Chi also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The movie ended up losing to Dunes.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now streaming on Disney+.