MCU Shang-Chi Updates: In the 1970s, America was in the midst of a martial arts obsession – and Marvel Comics was no slouch when it came to capitalizing on a trend. Enter Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, an almost invincible hand-to-hand fighter with an espionage background – and, in the hands of actor Simu Liu, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe major man in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Who is MCU’s Shang-Chi?
But who is Shang-Chi? As like many of the MCU’s success stories, this semi-obscure cult favourite has a long and complicated Marvel Universe history. Lucky for those who don’t have time to dig into 40 years of back issues, Newsarama’s got the chops to sum up everything you need to know about the next new MCU solo star.
The Marvel Studios have produced this tale while Walt Disney Studios have been left with the task of its distribution. The movies are intended to be the 26th one in the MCU franchise.
Destin Daniel Cretton has directed it from a screenplay by David Callaham, and we can see actor Simu Liu in the role of Shang Chi along with Tony Leung.
A film based on the character of Shang Chi has been in development since 2001, but the task did not begin in earnest on this project until 2018 when the Marvel Studios hired Callaham.
Then later in early 2019, Cretton joined the crew, and the project caught speed to be the first film of Marvel to have an Asian lead.
MCU Shang-Chi Release Date
In July of the same years, the cast members of the film were announced, and this fact revealed the connection to the Mandarin and his organization of the Ten Rings that appear throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The process of shooting began back in February of 2020 on locations such as Australia as well as Los Angeles on the list.
As a part of phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set for a release date in the United States on the 7th of May, 2021. This comes as a surprise given the Corona Virus pandemic the whole world is stuck in.