It’s official! After months of rumors, Shang-Chi is coming to the big screen.
Shang-Chi was created by Jim Starlin and Steven Englehart in the early 1970s. The two were inspired by Bruce Lee and their character was dubbed as ‘The Master of Kung Fu’. It has been known for a while now that Marvel Studios were making a movie around him but, just now, they announced the full title, release date and cast.
The film will be released in February 2021. Marvel Studios have hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct and Daniel Callaham, a co-writer for Wonder Woman 1984, as the screenwriter. The movie will tie into something that was seeded in Iron Man 3 and it is possible that it will continue the story of the one-shot All Hail The King.
Two months ago, in an AMA on Reddit, Kevin Feige revealed that the Mandarin would make a physical appearance in a future MCU movie. It was a vague statement and rumors have since circulated that he would be Shang-Chi’s father. This is nothing new for the MCU as in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was revealed that Ego was Star Lord’s father. This was not the case in the comics.
The Mandarin is likely returning due to the backlash over Iron Man 3’s fake-out. After fans were outraged over the handling of the Mandarin, Feige revealed that the real deal was out there somewhere leading his terrorist organization and he wasn’t happy with what had just happened either. It has now been revealed that they have cast Tony Leung to play the character.
Just now, at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios revealed that the full-title of the movie is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The Ten Rings are a terrorist organization whose one mission is to destroy world peace by any means necessary. The Mandarin is their leader and so he will definitely be playing a pivotal role in the movie. He may very well be the antagonist but plot details have yet to be announced.
Marvel Studios also revealed that American rapper and actress Awkwafina has been cast in the movie alongside Simu Liu who is playing the titular role of Shang-Chi. He is mostly known for his role in CBC’s sitcom Kim’s Convenience and a role of SyFy’s The Expanse.
Filming has yet to begin and Liu was only just cast on Tuesday. Nonetheless, this movie is shaping up to be an incredibly refreshing entry in the MCU. We may even get to see Shang-Chi teach Spider-Man how to fight as he did in the comics.
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