Phase 4 kicks off this fall with super-powered martial arts adventure Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi (‘Rising of the Spirit’ in Chinese) was the first phase 4 movie to be announced and its story is rumored to have something to do with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The character first appeared in Marvel comics in 1973. He’s a wushu master, and has the ability to create duplicates of himself; he’s also been a member of The Avengers. This is the first Asian-led, directed, and written movie in the MCU. It’s about time.
The new teaser arrives on lead actor Simu Liu’s birthday.
This looks fantastic. It’s nice to be excited about a Marvel movie again. There’s classic Hong Kong cinema (the influence Bruce Lee had on the creation of the characters is prominent), some grand Wushu movie-style scenes, the distinct look of the MCU universe, and a good amount of that Marvel humor fans have come to love. The cinematography looks great and promises some epic fights.
The movie stars Simu Liu (The Expanse, Kim’s Convenience) in the title role and he will be going head to head with the real Mandarin played by Hong Kong cinema star Tony Leung. The cast also includes Awkwafina, as well as Michelle Yeoh and Rosalind Chao. It’s directed by Destin Daniel Cretton with a script from Dave Callaham (who is a Brown-Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, which seems to have affected the movie in a good way).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives in theaters on September 3rd.