The latest trailer for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings teases major martial arts action for the MCU. Directed by Kim’s convenience star Simu Liu as the title character, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will introduce many new elements to the ongoing comic book movie franchise, including dragons, in this original story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest hero. And towards the end, we see what appears to be both the return of Wong and Abomination.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay he wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will tell the story of Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist trained at a young age to become a assassin by his father Wenwu. After leaving the nefarious Ten Rings organization and choosing to live a normal life in San Francisco, Shang-Chi is soon pulled back into the clandestine world of the Ten Rings and is forced to face the past he left behind. thought he had left behind.
Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin in the early 1970s, Shang-Chi often referred to as the “Master of Kung Fu” but is adept at numerous styles of both armed and unarmed combat. The character was later given the ability to summon numerous duplicates of himself, leading to him joining The Avengers, although it is currently unknown whether the film will feature this superpower.
The film introduces a newly undiscovered world of martial arts and magic to the MCU, and like everything else we’ve seen from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the footage packs a pretty powerful punch again. Director Destin Daniel Cretton has since revealed the inspiration behind the MCU’s approach to martial arts, with the filmmaker drawing cues from two highly reliable sources; legendary martial artist Jackie Chan and the stunning Oscar winner Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
“Authenticity and respect and staying true to this genre was the main goal from day one,” Cretton explained recently. “There is a choreography reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and other fight scenes are inspired by Jackie Chan. We also had choreographers from mainland China creating some beautiful wuxia-esque fight scenes. It was important to us from the start to let the MCU’s first Asian-American superhero be a superhero. We want him to be on par with other superheroes in the MCU and not just be the master of kung fu. Shang-Chi is an incredible martial artist, but he is so much more than that.”
The film will also reintroduce infamous Marvel supervillain The Mandarin, a character who has already appeared in the MCU, albeit under controversial circumstances. Gone is the fake Ben Kingsley version of Iron Man 3 and his place is now Hero and hellish business star Tony Leung as Wenwu AKA The for real Mandarin, Shang-Chi’s father and the leader of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng and is scheduled for release in the United States on September 3, 2021, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.