As the months go by, we are getting more and more clues about Marvel’s upcoming releases. It was clear that one of the next to reveal images and plot details would be ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, the adaptation of the kung fu fever exploitation that Marvel created in the seventies by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.
The twenty-fifth film of the MCU is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, responsible for dramas like ‘A Matter of Justice’ or ‘The Glass Castle’, and written by David Callaham, who does have a bit more experience within action films in general, and superheroes in particular. His films include ‘Doom’, ‘The Mercenaries’, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, the recent ‘Mortal Kombat’ and the upcoming sequel to ‘Spider-Man: A New Universe’. It stars a whole cast of oriental performers: Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina and a couple of historical Hong Kong filmmakers, such as Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh.
If there are no further delays, ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ will be released on September 3, and will form along with ‘Black Widow’ the kickoff of the MCU’s Phase Four. However, after a couple of series on Disney+ (‘Wandavision’ and ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’) and the Black Widow movie, all clearly still dependent on the previous phases of the Marvel project in the cinema, this is the first production that distances itself from the rest, presenting new characters and a distinctive style.
Little is known about the plot, although this trailer already gives a few clues: current setting, but flashbacks to other times and Asian countries. We know that the plot revolves around the fate of Shang-Chi as the successor of a criminal empire, something that does not convince our protagonist too much.