Marvel revealed that upcoming Shang-Chi movie will be titled Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This is not the first MC U film to reference “Ten Rings”. The first was Iron Man and then again in Iron Man 3. All allude to The Mandarin—the real Mandarin and not the impostor played by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. The Mandarin is finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will be played by Tony Leung (In the Mood For Love). Simu Liu will play Shang-Chi the titular hero.
The studio also announced that Awkwafina has joined the cast in a yet to be announced role as well as the film will officially hit theaters on February 12, 2021.
Short Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton who will direct Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings explained stepping into Marvel Universe:
“I grew up on an island in the middle of the pacific called Maui in a small town called Kaiku that had about the population of this room so standing on this stage is really terrifying for me. But what’s really cool is I grew up with friends who are Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Philippine, Korean. That’s the norm in Hawaii and it’s so amazing to see Kevin and this team start to create an MCU that reflects all the beautiful colors I see in this room. To be a small part in that is really special for me. It’s amazing stepping into this and just see how incredible things have between thought out from the beginning.”
Shang-Chi is the creation of writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin that has been around in the comics since 1973. Having been member of both the Heroes for Hire and the Avengers. Shang-Chi is a martial arts master and the son of Marvel villain Fu Manchu.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, with Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/WePmw8d5Gq— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2019