Marvel’s Comic-Con panel happened today in San Diego and with it came tons of news about Phase 4, the latest stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Marvel is setting its sights on the small-screen as well thanks to the upcoming streaming service Disney+, the company still had it in ’em to announce several movies, too. In addition to The Eternals and the next Doctor Strange, we also got brand new information about the rumored Shang-Chi movie. Now it’s official and has a full title: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Kevin Feige announced the film at SDCC, bringing director Dustin Daniel Cretton (best known for his film Short Term 12, starring Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson) to the stage.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, with Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/VXaqJ5uN6B
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Cretton then announced the film’s cast. Tony Leung is set to play The Mandarin–the real one this time, not the faker we saw in Iron Man 3–with Awkwafina in an undisclosed role. The biggest announcement was actor Simu Liu as the titular Shang-Chi. Liu got the role Tuesday, just a few days before today’s panel, so we have to imagine his head is reeling right now.
Liu is a Chinese-Canadian actor who has apparently had his sights set on the role for a long time. He tweeted this back in December 2018.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) December 3, 2018
We don’t know much else about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at this time, but we’re thrilled for Cretton, Liu, and everyone involved. This will be the first time an Asian character had a lead role to play in the MCU, which continues the company’s recent streak of diversifying their lineup.
We can’t wait to see how it all comes together when the film arrives in theaters on July 21, 2019.
The announced Marvel Phase 4slate includes new films — Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi: The Legend of The Ten Rings, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Blade– as well as new Disney+ streaming series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye.
— Dustin Sandoval @ #SDCC (@DustinMSandoval) July 21, 2019
Kevin Feige also revealed they didn’t have time to discuss Blade, Black Panther 2, Guardians 3, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four, or “mutants.” But are those sequels part of Marvel’s Phase 4, or 5?
For more on Marvel’s Comic-Con announcements, check out our live blog of the panel!
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