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Marvel's Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Regrets Doing Stock Photo Shoot For $100 Before Fame

Marvel's Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Regrets Doing Stock Photo Shoot For $100 Before Fame

The newest Marvel star keeps spotting himself everywhere

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Simu Liu, star of forthcoming Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, says that he regrets taking a load of stock photographs in 2014 because he now sees himself everywhere and the company owns his images forever.

The Chinese-Canadian actor shared a selection of Instagram stories in which he explained that he took the photos years ago and was paid $100 for the privilege, but now can't escape seeing himself in a load of places.

He's spotted himself on pamphlets, the front of shops, and the cover of textbooks. Normally, you'd pay quite a bit for that kind of exposure as an actor, but he's not particularly happy about it.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The 30-year-old explained: "I did one stock photo shoot for 100 bucks cash in 2014 ... and I have ended up on HUNDREDS of ads and storefronts and pamphlets and textbook covers."


He continued: "Moral of the story: Think twice before doing a stock photo shoot because they own the photos FOREVER."

Well, either way, he'd better get used to seeing himself on a whole load of things, because it seems as if Shang-Chi is set to be the latest big hit to emerge from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The movie is set to be the first Asian-led story in the MCU to date, and not a great deal was known about it before the trailer was released today.

The trailer doesn't actually reveal too much, but it does introduce fans to the high-octane martial arts world of Shang-Chi.


The titular character will face off against the mysterious and nefarious Ten Rings organisation, led by leader 'The Mandarin'.

If you've heard of the Ten Rings before, that's because they've been spoken of as far back in the MCU as Iron Man in 2008, but we've had to wait until phase four to actually get a glimpse of them.

The film also draws on a recent comic series in which the martial artist attempts to escape his past in San Francisco, until - obviously - it catches up with him.


Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings also sees Marvel return to producing exclusively theatrical films, which will be music to the ears of those who have missed the cinema.

Black Widow is set to be released at the same time on both Disney+ Premier Access and in cinemas, whereas if you're keen to see Shang-Chi when it is eventually released on September 3, you'll have to get out of the house and head for a theatre to see it.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, MCU, US Entertainment, Weird, Marvel