Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS from Marvel Studios.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, opened this weekend with near-universal success. Most of the music in the film turned to pop and hip-hop (the soundtrack was curated by the music collective known as 88rising, a label that primarily focuses on Asian and American musicians from Asian origin). But one of the greatest rock classics is featured in the film: the 1976 Eagles classic, “Hotel Calfornia”.
Obviously, if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to suffer spoilers, stop reading now.
The song first appears when Shang-Chi’s girlfriend Katy, played by Awkwafina, says that when she gets into trouble, she usually sings “Hotel California” to confuse people and get out of the situation. When she and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) find themselves in a huge battle with a group of villains, she uses the trick to escape.
The song is just one of the few appearances in the post-credits scenes, one of which involves Benedict Wong’s character, Wong (who was first introduced in Dr strange). Wong explains to his new friends that they must prepare for an even greater threat than the one they just faced. But instead of doing the responsible thing (resting), they end up in a karaoke bar singing – you guessed it – “Hotel California”.
Shang-Chi seems to be a huge success; Variety reports that the film made an even bigger debut than expected, raising $ 90 million in its first four days of release and setting a new high point for Labor Day weekend, a traditionally one weekend slow for new movie releases.