The synopsis for Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings is revealed, as well as the confirmation of its production start. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Simu Liu as the titular character, the upcoming film is one of the new characters to be introduced in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4. And with a release date set for 2021, the project is moving steadily towards filming.
Plot details for Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings are still being kept tightly under wraps, but fans know that the real Mandarin will be the primary villain of the narrative. The iconic comic book antagonist will be played by Tony Leung. Akwafina is also confirmed to be involved in a yet to be divulged role. No other casting announcements have been revealed, but with principal photography nearing, the film's premise has been revealed.
An entry from Production List shared on Reddit by user with the handle LordHyperBreath offers fans an insight on what to expect from Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings with its first synopsis. The listing describes Shang Chi as someone who "developed unsurpassed skills" in the martial arts as the he's trained in a "China compound closed off to the outside world." It also confirms that filming will begin on November 1 in Australia and Los Angeles. Read the full project summery below:
Based on the synopsis, it seems like Marvel Studios isn't veering away much from Shang-Chi's origins in the comic books - although it's important to point out that the listing also directly references the character's print history. So it's possible that Marvel Studios used that public knowledge in the project summary to keep spoilers tightly under wraps. All that being said, the MCU is known to be faithful to their sources when it comes to their origin story movies. There might be some tweaks here and there to keep the narrative interesting and up to date, but for the most part, the trajectory of the character is all set. That means that this synopsis may hold some merit for Shang-Chi and the Then Rings.
Assuming that this listing turns out to be true, fans can expect more official details for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in the coming weeks to come, possibly additional casting news or even more concept artworks. Liu has been actively sharing his preparation on his official social media accounts, including grabbing some Shang-Chi comics, as well as getting into tip-top shape for his upcoming superhero gig. Once production officially begins, an announcement - whether it be a formal or casual online post from those involved - can be expected. Regardless, whatever Marvel Studios decide to release, fans will be sure to be on the look out.
Source: Production List (via LordHyperBreath/Reddit)
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Black Panther 2 (2022) release date: May 06, 2022