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    Chinese movie China Captain slammed as rip-off of Marvel films

    China Captain was released on Tencent Video streaming website on May 18.PHOTO: MAOYAN/WEIBO
    Lim Ruey Yan
    PUBLISHEDMAY 26, 2021, 5:06 PM SGT

    SINGAPORE - A Chinese web movie featuring an assortment of characters from Chinese folklore and novels has been slammed for ripping off Marvel's superhero movies.

    China Captain - the title of the movie echoes Marvel's Captain America - was released on Tencent Video streaming website on May 18.

    The story tells of a group of Chinese heroes who declare war on a bunch of foreign superheroes who have encroached on their turf in China.

    The movie, directed by He Yizheng, stars relatively unknown actors such as Zheng Xiaofu, Li Taiyan and Du Qiao.

    It features characters such as the Monkey King from the classic novel Journey To The West, eccentric monk Ji Gong and late gongfu star Bruce Lee.

    There are also characters from late author Louis Cha's martial arts novels such as Yang Guo, Wei Xiaobao and Dongfang Bubai.

    Some characters seem to have superpowers, such as Justice Bao from the Song Dynasty firing laser beams from his crescent-moon shaped birthmark on his forehead; and Guan Yu from the Three Kingdoms period having laser-like eyes.

    Some Chinese netizens said it was so bad that they had to stop watching after a while and lambasted the weak story and poor special effects.

    Others said there were several similarities to the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, such as the film opening with the flipping of comic book pages and the assembling of the Chinese heroes towards the end.

    Despite the bad reviews, the movie has a rating of 7.7 on Tencent Video, which left some wondering if the score was a true reflection.
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    I've written reviews of both DC's Monkey Prince (2021) and Marvel's Sun Wukong (2011-2019). Both are horrible, but DC clearly put more effort into their character. I'll give you a hint of how bad Marvel did: Shang Chi beats up the Monkey King and takes his staff. I'm not joking. I also suggest changes based on my knowledge of Journey to the West.

    https://journeytothewestresearch.com...monkey-prince/

    https://journeytothewestresearch.com...cs-sun-wukong/

    Also, if anyone is interested, I wrote an article about the Monkey King's worship in Asia.

    https://journeytothewestresearch.com...g-an-overview/

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    Also, if anyone is interested, I wrote an article about the Monkey King's worship in Asia.

    https://journeytothewestresearch.com...g-an-overview/
    Good research! They should have had a foxy white-bone demon, plus make the monkey king look like this:
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    Monkey Prince for 2022 CNY

    DC's newest hero Monkey Prince gets his own 2022 title
    By George Marston 3 days ago

    DC's new hero Monkey Prince gets his own title coinciding with Lunar New Year 2022


    Monkey Prince #1 cover (Image credit: DC)
    One of DC's newest heroes, Monkey Prince, will get his own starring title kicking off on February 1, 2022, just in time to celebrate Lunar New Year, as announced during DC Fandome 2021.


    Monkey Prince #1 cover (Image credit: DC)
    The 12-issue limited series focuses on the eponymous Monkey Prince, AKA Marcus Sun, a shapeshifting hero with connections to characters from the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, who debuted in the DC Universe back in May's DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1 anthology one-shot.

    In fact, Marcus Sun is the son of Sun Wukong, the original Monkey Prince and hero of the story Journey to the West. Oddly enough, despite being a hero himself, Marcus was raised by two villainous henchmen of the evil Doctor Sivana, and so carries some prejudice against the concept of 'superheroes' in the DC Universe.

    Monkey Prince will be written by Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫 with art from penciler/inker Bernard Chang 張伯納, colorist Sebastian Cheng 鍾偉傑, and edited by DC's Jessica Chen 陳穎珊. Monkey King #1 will feature variant covers by Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau 劉丕政 and Zao Dao 早稻. DC hasn't revealed any information about the plot of the limited series.

    Before Monkey Prince #1 debuts on Lunar New Year 2022, DC is releasing a digital short via DCUniverseInfinite.com and DCComics.com, titled 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' which is available now. Written by Monkey Prince series' creative team, along with artist Billy Tan 比利唐.

    In 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' Marcus' father Sun Wukong and his classic allies from Journey to the West, including King Bull Demon, Princess Iron Fan, Red Boy, and Erlang Sheng, will fend off an invasion from - as the title implies - Darkseid and the minions of Apokolips.

    Here's a gallery of Bernard Chang's character designs for the heroes of 'Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,' as well as all three covers for Monkey King #1:

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    Monkey King #1 won't be out till February, but you can get a slightly closer glimpse into DC's future with the just-released full DC January 2022 solicitations.

    George Marston
    I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)
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    China's Monkey King THEME PARK Surprised Us!

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    In Production Featurette | American Born Chinese | Disney+

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    The Monkey King: A Kung Fu Musical

    Photos: Inside Rehearsals for THE MONKEY KING: A KUNG FU MUSICAL at Queens Theatre
    An original production created by theatre artists from Queens, which addresses lack of roles for Asian-American female leads and features 100% Asian cast.

    by Chloe Rabinowitz Jan. 27, 2023
    Queens Theatre will present "The Monkey King: A Kung Fu Musical" February 11-12, 2023 in the Claire Shulman Theater.

    Get a first look inside rehearsals below!

    The Monkey King: A Kung-Fu Musical will star Sarah Lam Chiu as Guan Yin, Kimbirdlee Fadner as The Monkey King, Ellis Gage as Jade Emperor, Brian Jose as Demon of Havoc, Charles Pang as Immortal Teacher, Gage Thomas as Dragon King, Bella Villanueva as Jogo and Annie Yamamoto as Ganjuwai.

    Also appearing in photos are: Steven Eng (Director), Jonathan Fadner (Writer/Composer/Music Director), Max Erhlich (Choreographer), Kelly Ruth Cole (Stage Manager).

    Donít miss the adventure as the first-ever female Monkey King battles against Heaven and Earth's most treacherous foes to save her tribe and achieve immortality. With a cast of memorable characters, a mix of classical and rock music, and kung-fu style choreography Ė this is an action adventure come to life, a heartfelt and inspiring story perfect for the entire family!

    The Monkey King: A Kung Fu Musical is an original production created by theatre artists from Queens, which addresses lack of roles for Asian-American female leads and features 100% Asian cast.

    Performances
    Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 3:00 PM
    Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM

    Tickets:

    $18 (plus fees*) or 4 for $60 (plus fees*) with code 4FOR60

    Photos by Irina Island Images of rehearsals at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.


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    Photos: Inside Rehearsals for THE MONKEY KING: A KUNG FU MUSICAL at Queens Theatre
    The company of The Monkey King: A Kung Fu Musical: Kelly Ruth Cole, Brian Jose, Steven Eng, Kimbirdlee Fadner, Jonathan Fadner, Bella Villanueva, Max Ehrlich, Sarah Lam Chiu, Ellis Gage, Annie Yamamoto, Gage Thomas, Charles Pang
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