Marvel’sShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a long time coming as the first Marvel movie to feature an Asian lead and predominantly Asian cast. The film stars Asian cinema icons like Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh but at its center is Canadian actor Simu Liu as the titular superhero. He may be most known as the martial arts master Shang-Chi, but you can trust the internet to unearth people’s awkward past and turn them into memes.
Now all over social media are photos of a fresh-faced Liu posing in a series of stock photos. The actor is poking fun at himself, too, joining the memefest to celebrate the movie’s success.
“Me laughing at the people who thought we’d flop,” he tweeted, captioning a stock photo of him pointing at a laptop screen with his fake office colleagues.
Over the years, the actor has been spotted in the most unlikely places, from bus stops to accounting textbooks, company websites, and event posters.
Liu has addressed these awkward photos in the past, even once joking about being the “greatest stock photo model of all time.” Turns out, these were paid gigs he participated in when he was younger. In a tweet, Liu explained that he had “signed away all [his] rights” to the photos in exchange for about $100 and some relief from his credit card debt.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an origin story for the titular Marvel superhero. Liu plays Shang-Chi, who tries to lead an ordinary life in the United States until his supernatural past comes back to haunt him, forcing him to embark on a whirlwind adventure and confront his estranged father.
Theatrically released in various countries last week, it’s a major cultural moment for Hollywood, where Asians are historically underrepresented. For many Asian Americans, it’s a huge win for representation in the blockbuster superhero genre. According to revenue tracking site Box Office Mojo, the film raked in $90 million in the U.S. within four days, smashing the box office record for the usually sleepy Labor Day weekend and charting the second-best opening during the pandemic.
With the movie’s skyrocketing popularity comes a resurgence of witty stock image memes.
“Simu Liu and the Legend of the Ten Memes,” reads a comment on Reddit in reference to one of Liu’s photos.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten-Ring Binder,” wrote another on Twitter.
Meanwhile, one fan photoshopped Shang-Chi’s suit over Liu in a photo where he was leaning over an office table with his photogenic colleagues, bright smiles plastered on all their faces.
He may now be a Marvel star, but his stock photos will probably remain a lasting, well, memery for both Liu and his fans.
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Stock Photos are photographs created specifically for the purpose of commercial licensing. Because of the need to create photos that will suit a wide variety of situations, photographers and agencies creating stock photos often include images that play off of cultural stereotypes and cliches. Stock Photos are known for their crude illustrations of everyday life and numerous instances where they illustrate very unusual situations.
Stock photography dates back to the mid-1880s, when the half-tone printing press was invented for use by newspapers to reproduce photographs. When an event could not be photographed or the photographs could not be transmitted fast enough for the newspaper, the stock photos were made to recreate the event.
In 1920 a company called RobertStock was founded, which was the first major stock photography vendor. The popularity of stock photography grew in the 1980s when stock photographs were first made available via widely distributed photobooks, such as "Sell & Resell Your Photos." The first Internet stock photography vendor was iStock, founded in 2000. Notable stock photography sellers include Getty Images, Shutterstock and iStock.
Stock photos are often mocked online for their surreal or unrealistic portrayals of everyday life. Stock Photos are commonly captioned, edited or used as reaction images on sites like 4chan, Reddit or Tumblr.
Stock Photos grew in online popularity when the Awkward Stock Photossingle topic blog was created on Tumblr, featuring various odd or out-of-context stock photos. The blog's content was quickly taken down by a cease-and-desist order from iStockphoto (shown below), although the blog continued later on. The blog and the DMCA takedown was covered by various news media websites like TechDirt or Buzzfeed, increasing the blog's popularity. The concept of the blog inspired other single topic blogs on Tumblr, such as WTF Stock Photos and Overly Specific Stock Photos.
On January 31st 2012, the r/stockphotos subreddit was created, but was replaced by r/wtfstockphotos a day later. Both subreddits were made to share stock photos that users found funny, awkward or bizarre. As of April 2015, the subreddit has over 19,000 readers. On October 31st 2013, the r/youdontsurf was created, where users took stock photos and captioned them. As of April 2015, the subreddit has over 165,000 readers.
Captioned Stock Photos
Captioned Stock Photos are a series of stock photos with captions depicting vulgar dialogue between the models in the photograph, often using the Comic Sans font. These types of images are often shared on the r/youdontsurf subreddit and Tumblr.
Stock Photo Clichés
Stock Photo Clichés are a variety of themes commonly used in stock photography, such as people looking at their food while laughing or old people using computers.
PornHub Comments On Stock Photos (NSFW) is a series of stock photos of people using laptops captioned with various comments found on the adult video website PornHub, originating from the single topic blog of the same name.
Hide The Pain Harold
Hide The Pain Harold is the nickname given to the Hungarian senior stock photography model András Arató, whose facial expression appears to show discomfort. Photographs including the model are commonly used as reaction images and are often edited on the r/youdontsurf subreddit.
Identifying Wood is a book written by R. Bruce Hoadley. The book's cover shows a middle-aged man examining the texture of a slab of wood with a microscope. This image has spawned many edits which manipulate either the book's title, the slab of wood or the man studying it. The first edits were uploaded to the website FARK upon request on a thread titled "Photoshop this guy and his wood".
Stocking is a photo fad where people take pictures of themselves imitating various stock photos, and post them with the photo they were imitating for comparison.
I Bet The Jews Did This
I Bet The Jews Did This is an ironic catchphrase used to mock anti-semitic conspiracy theorists and trolls who blame the people of Jewish descent for their own personal woes and misfortunes. The original image macro (pictured below) is based on a stock photograph of an angry looking man holding tangled Christmas lights.
Getty Images Baboons
Getty Images Baboons refers to a set of stock videos (in GIF format) created by GK and Vikki Heart for usage and sale via the stock photograph vendor Getty Images. In the videos, a baboon is shown interacting with various forms of technology and other inventions, such as cell phones and stacks of dollar bills. The videos are popularly used as reaction images on Twitter and Tumblr.
Ariane the Overexposed Stock Photo Model
Ariane the Overexposed Stock Photo Model refers to the stock photography model Rebecca Ariane Givens who has gained notoriety due to overly frequent use of her photographs in advertisements.
Advice Animals Adapted from Stock Photos
There are also a lot of advice animals based off stock photos, most notably Net Noob, Successful Black Man, Lazy College Senior and Unhelpful High School Teacher.
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