The Plugged In Show, Episode 93: A Look at Shang-Chi and Exploring the Metaverse


Don’t look now, but the multiverse is coming.

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve seen it percolate in Loki and teased in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. And the MCU’s weird, new reality will require new heroes. Heroes like Shang-Chi.

The character (who’s been around since 1973 but little known outside the comics) makes his big-screen debut tomorrow in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. It’s an entertaining romp—one of Marvel’s better efforts over the last few years. But it’s also got a few potential problems for parents to wade through, too. Listen to our conversation, and see if this is something you’d like to ring in.

And while we’re talking about various ‘verses, let’s talk another—the metaverse. It’s something that, according to our own Bob Hoose, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is seriously excited about. Why? Well, you’ll just have to listen, why don’t you?

And after that, click through everything that we talked about right here.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.