Cinematic Doctrine

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Martial Arts and Future Hopes

September 07, 2021 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 86
Cinematic Doctrine
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Martial Arts and Future Hopes
Show Notes


Melvin & Dan rushed to the movie theater to catch the latest Marvel picture, because that's what every good little movie podcast is supposed to do! From enjoying martial arts to pondering the future of Phase Four, and ending with some pipe dreams, check out this episode of Cinematic Doctrine!


  • Melvin pitches to Daniel an opening for Season 10 Episode 1 of The Office. 
  • Daniel talks about how his theater screening for Shang-Chi  was better than Black Widow, except for one weird argument a couple had before the movie started. 
  • Contemplating why movie theater bathrooms are always the worst bathrooms on the entire planet. 
  • Introducing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings [11:38] 
  • Daniel has a soft spot for martial arts flicks. 
  • Every MCU Phase seems to have a gripe people collectively complain about. Melvin posits Phase Four's gripe will be a mixture of two things: Not using real sets and overly relying on CGI for backgrounds and settings, and the over-abundance of bloodless violence and deaths. 
  • Discussing The Mandarin's "previous outing" in Iron Man 3, and how this version is a nice change to a bonafide racist figure in classic Marvel history. 
  • Our curious excitement about where the Ten Rings are from and if they're connected to The Eternals. 
  • Melvin hopes future Marvel movies would introduce feelings of dread and hopelessness as a plot mechanic, which often in stories (when done carefully) produces more hope and excitement for future installments.


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