Marvel Drops First Trailer For Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

by : Cameron Frew on : 19 Apr 2021 14:46
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Marvel Studios has dropped the first teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

After a long break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Spider-Man: Far From Home and, you know, the pandemic, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have brought back our appetites for superhero action on the big screen.


While Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow solo movie will be the first cinematic release to kick things off, Shang-Chi will follow; an MCU adventure the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Check out the trailer below: 


The upcoming blockbuster stars Simu Liu as the eponymous Shang-Chi, a martial artist who’s trained by the Ten Rings organisation. Savvy fans will remember this from Iron Man 3, which duped us all with its Mandarin reveal. This time though, the villain is being played by Tony Leung.


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, a filmmaker with acclaim in smaller dramas such as Short Term 12, The Glass Castle and Just Mercy. The script comes from Dave Callaham, who also penned the Mortal Kombat movie due for release soon.

Similarly to Eternals, Chloé Zhao’s upcoming MCU debut, Shang-Chi will introduce superheroes we’ve never seen before in the franchise. It’s also Marvel Studios’ first tentpole film with a predominantly Asian cast and protagonist, also starring Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng and Michelle Yeoh.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cretton said: [Growing up] all I had was Spider-Man. Because he had the mask on, I could dress up like Spider-Man for Halloween. I had a handful of other characters that looked like me on screen, but there were maybe two or three that I could choose from, and superheroes were not a part of that.’


He added: ‘We wanted to make sure that Shang-Chi was just like any of us. I want to watch this movie and say… yes, that’s how I feel. I feel out of place sometimes, and I cover it up with humour. He’s a kid who is out of his element and a fish out of water here in the US, and he’s covering it up with this charisma that I find very relatable.’

Liu also said: ‘The most exciting thing about stepping into this character was that his backstory has never been told before. We know so many different versions of Batman’s origin story, how his parents were murdered when he was very young. We know Peter Parker, who was bitten by a radioactive spider, and he loses his uncle.’

He added: ‘Shang-Chi’s story is very much unknown to most of the world, so we had a lot of freedom and creative liberty to make it the way that we wanted to.’


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is due for release in September this year. 

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Now, Superheroes


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