The China-born superhero Shang-Chi will be the first Asian superhero in MCU, called the Master of Kung Fu. This is because he was raised as a master of martial arts by his father. Simu Liu is essaying the leading role in Destin Daniel Cretton’s directorial. While Tony Leung is playing the part of the Mandarin, the real one this time, the head of Ten Rings terrorist organization.
Marvel Studios unveiled a two-minute trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, its first film with an Asian superhero in the lead. The trailer places the titular ten rings front and centre, giving audiences a sneak peek of how the rings are used and what sort of power they possess.
The two-minute-long trailer shows Shang Chi at loggerheads with his father, The Mandarin. The latter runs the terrorist organisation Ten Rings, which was first glimpsed in 2008’s Iron Man. The clip hints at a big father-son fight as Shang-Chi wants to distance himself from him, but it will not come easy.
The trailer also suggests that Leung will also serve as the main villain in the film. But, in the end, the promo reveals Abomination, Tim Roth from 2009’s The Incredible Hulk fighting with a sorcerer in a cage. And that sorcerer is none other than Benedict Wong from Doctor Strange.
Shang-Chi is part of Marvel’s Phase Four. Like many titles, its production was initially interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Other cast members include Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, Tony Leung as Shang-Chi’s father and the leader of the Ten Rings, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan.
From the official trailer, we see that the ten rings have purple energy when wielded by The Mandarin; and Red energy when wielded by ‘Shang-Chi.’ However, it is unclear whether the ten rings will have different colour energy according to the utilisation of the powers.
Shang-Chi is expected to be released on 3rd September 2021. As for the action and suspense, it’ll definitely be far more different from the average Marvel film.