Marvel’s panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 came with 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 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.
What Is It About?
Marvel’s Kevin Feige introduced filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton as Shang-Chi‘s director at the 2019 Comic-Con panel. The film began production, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed things a little. Dave Callaham wrote the screenplay. We don’t know anything about the story just yet. But if you’re not familiar with Shang-Chi, the Marvel Comics character has the ability to master forms of combat. The Ten Rings referenced in the film’s title is an international terrorist group—they’re the ones responsible for kidnapping Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie.
Who’s in It?
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. Actor Simu Liu will portray the titular Shang-Chi. Liu got the role just a few days before the San Diego Comic-Con panel. The Chinese-Canadian actor has apparently had his sights set on the role for a long time. He tweeted the above back in December 2018. This will be the first time an Asian character has a lead role to play in the MCU, which continues the company’s recent streak of diversifying their lineup.
Current Release Date
In an “abundance of caution” due to the spreading COVID-19 concerns, the film’s Australian production temporarily halted. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ current release date is May 7, 2021.
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Originally published on July 20, 2019.
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