The latest trailer reveals an ancient world of battles, mysterious powers, and dragons.
This trailer really leans into grand scale, fantasy Wushu movies and I’m here for it. Based on what we’ve seen so far the movie has a great bland of that plus classic Hong Kong cinema (showing the influence Bruce Lee had on the creation of the character) and the distinct look/attitude of the MCU universe. I am very much looking forward to this origin story and how Shang-Chi fits into the next phase.
Lead actor Simu Liu has definitely gone to Marvel hero boot camp.
Shang-Chi (‘Rising of the Spirit’ in Chinese) 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. There have been some changes made to modernize this particular corner of the Marvel Universe. Shang-Chi was originally the son of supervillain and horrible stereotype Dr. Fu Manchu. This has been updated with a new character that’s not a caricature – Wenwu (aka the Mandarin) played by the formidable Tony Leung. It will be interesting to see what other positive changes they’ve made to bring this great character to the screen.
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.