Marvel: The Shang Chi Trailer Is Here
Marvel: The Shang Chi Trailer Is Here
Marvel’s Twitter account made the announcement in time to celebrate the stars birthday
Happy Birthday @SimuLiu! We hope you enjoy your birthday present.
Watch the brand-new teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ #ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and experience it only in theaters September 3. pic.twitter.com/0kpGP0mdW2
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) April 19, 2021
Yesterday, Marvel Studios surprised their whole fanbase including their own star when they dropped the first teaser trailer for the upcoming epic Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! Simu Liu, the actor playing the lead role of Shang-Chi; was celebrating his 32nd birthday and got one of the best gifts that an MCU actor could possibly ask for.
A Long-overdue milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is upon us. Marvel’s first film to star an Asian lead. The high-octane preview was dropped on star and Kim’s Convenience alum Simu Liu’s birthday, catching even the leading man by surprise. Shortly after sharing the first official poster for Shang-Chi on Twitter; Liu promised that a trailer would arrive “in a few weeks”. When the teaser subsequently dropped that same day, the actor tweeted, “THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER” alongside several exclamation points.
From the looks of things, we’re all in for one helluva ride with this one! Marvel has delved into quite a few different style of storytelling; based on the origins and character tone and the realm of martial arts is ripe for the picking when it comes to bringing their larger-than-life sagas to the silver screen. And yes, we are 100% acting like Netflix’s Iron Fist series never happened.
In addition to Simu Liu, Shang-Chi stars Awkwafina and Tony Leung and will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. For those who are unaware, here’s a bit of backstory that you can sink your teeth into. In the Marvel comics, Shang-Chi is the Master of Kung-Fu and the son of the iconic Fu Manchu. He is an unflappable warrior much like his fellow Marvel heroes and also a very skilled weapons manipulator. The Ten Rings is a terrorist organization much like their fellow Marvel heels and take their orders from The Mandarin. This time, The Mandarin won’t be a fan-frenzy-inciting character like the one Sir Ben Kingsley played in Iron Man 3. Now, he’s for real. We’re almost positive that there will be some jokes about that in the dialogue.
Despite the trailer’s impromptu release, Shang-Chi is a superhero film that’s years in the making. After 24 previous MCU movies, it will be the first to center on an Asian protagonist & explore the world of martial arts. It also follows controversial decisions made by previous Marvel properties; like whitewashing the role of The Ancient One by casting Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange and focusing Netflix’s Iron Fist on a white character in the world of Asian martial arts. First announced at Comic-Con back in July 2019; Shang-Chi’s theatrical run was previously delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy), the film follows Shang-Li, a trained martial artist/assassin who flees from his father’s guidance in favor of a normal life in America. But when the terrorist group Ten Rings threatens his existence, the titular character must reclaim his martial arts origins. Awkwafina co-stars in the film as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, while Tony Leung plays his father and the Ten Rings’ leader, also known as the Mandarin. (Ben Kingsley played a fraudulent version of the character in 2013’s Iron Man 3.) The cast is rounded out by Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Ronny Chieng, and Florian Munteanu.
The fast-paced first trailer asks Shang-Chi to reckon with his identity. “I gave you 10 years to live your life. And where did that get you?” Leung’s Mandarain says via voiceover. “You walked in my shadow. I trained you so the most dangerous people in the world couldn’t kill you. Son, it’s time for you to take your place by my side.” The teaser also offers sequences involving lions, horses, and car chases (oh, my!). And is that Awkwafina at the helm of a speeding bus, à la Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves?
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The second title in Marvel’s Phase Four following Black Widow, will be released to theaters on September 3, 2021.
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