Marvel Studios released a teaser teaser for their upcoming feature, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) and it looks like it could be a lot of fun, which is if we’re to judge from the trailer has elements of action, heart and humor that’s come to be a hallmark of Marvel Studios productions (or truth be told, any movie worth watching).
Though, at least initially, something bothered me about it.
It began with this image, which opens the trailer.
Does this look familiar? If you’ve seen other Marvel movies, particularly Doctor Strange (2015) it might.
These are two different scenes from two different movies filmed over five years apart, but if you changed the lighting, no one could tell that these were from different movies.
And that’s a problem because Marvel movies should be entirely distinctive from each other visually as well as story-wise though when production and set design begins to become repetitive, that’s a sign that a studio is running out of steam.
Though it should be said both images show depictions of temples somewhere in Asia so maybe they should look similar?
Maybe, maybe not though no matter the reality, they need to be visually distinctive.