New “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Trailer Reveals The Mandarin
When we saw the first teaser for Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we were enthused to see Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), Marvel’s first Asian superhero, in action. Now, a full-length trailer reveals more of Certton’s vision and digs a little deeper into Shang-Chi’s family history.
That family has a classic set-up—Shang-Chi has an overbearing if beguiling father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), who appears to be playing the film’s villain. What’s more, Wenwu also appears to be the real Mandarin. This would be a big deal for MCU-heads, as the last time we heard from the Mandarin, it was actually a fakeout—Ben Kingsley was impersonating him in Iron Man 3. The trailer also reveals a brief cameo from none other than the Abomination from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Incredibly, the Abomination is fighting Wong (Benedict Wong) from Doctor Strange.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will explore the tension between father and son, the former leading the organization called the Ten Rings, a criminal organization that Shang-Chi wants nothing to do with. Our hero tried to walk away from his father’s life, but the new trailer suggests that’s not so easy to do.
If there’s one thing we can be certain about, it’s that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will feature some epic displays of martial arts. From what we’ve already seen, the film’s balletic energy feels fresh and specific. As we’ve written in the past, Marvel characters are no strangers to martial arts—but we’ve never seen an entire Marvel film steeped in martial arts itself.
Cretton directs from a script he co-wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Joining Liu and Leung are Awkwafina, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, and the great Michelle Yeoh.
Check out the trailer below. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters on September 3, 2021.
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Featured image: Simu Liu is Shang-Chi in Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Courtesy Marvel Studios