What to Expect from the Future of The MCU and When to Expect It
September 3, 2021: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
Marvel Studios first Asian hero will kung-fu his way into the MCU on May 7, 2021 in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Charismatic newcomer Simu Liu is set to portray Shang-Chi and the film will explore the characters origins and ties to the TRUE Mandarin, played by Hong Kong legend Tony Leung. Shot in several beautiful and exotic locations, it’s possible that the film could take some surprising turns into the Cosmic and mystical side of things (could we actually see Fin Fang Foom?) but is certain to provide some of the MCU’s best fight scenes to date at director Destin Daniel Cretton has brought in legendary cinematographer Bill Pope (The Matrix) to work on the film. If the two can find a way to combine the pulpy fell of the the 70’s comics with the intense action of The Matrix, we could be in for something special.
On September 23, 2020, with audiences still shying away from theaters, the movie’s release date was shifted once again and is now scheduled to be released in the United States on July 9, 2021. On March 23, 2021, Disney moved Black Widow to Shang-Chi‘s release slot, with the latter moving to September 3, while keeping it’s theatrical-only release, unlike the Scarlett Johansson-led feature, that would also be premiering through Disney +.
On April 19, perhaps celebrating Simu Liu‘s birthday, the first teaser poster and the first teaser trailer were released, giving fans the first look at a live-action Shang-Chi. Two months later the first Official Trailer was released, revealing the return of The Abomination.
Simu Liu as Shang-Chi
Tony Leung as Wenwu / The Mandarin
Awkwafina as Katy
Meng’er Zhang as Xialing
Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan
Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon
Fala Chen as Jiang Li
Benedict Wong as Wong
Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky / Abomination
Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist
Unknown actor as Clive Reston
Unknown actor as Black Jack Tarr
Unknown actor as Steel Claw
Unknown actor as Ghostmaker
Unknown actor as Shadow