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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Writer(s): David Callaham
Expected Release: July 9, 2021
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an upcoming film and the twenty-fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows Shang-Chi battling the Ten Rings and their leader, the Mandarin.


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Production History

In 2001, Stephen Norrington announced that he had agreed to direct a film based on The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu. Norrington described the film as "a real honest-to-goodness martial arts film, rather than a film that simply has martial arts in it". In 2004, it was announced that Ang Lee had been brought on as producer. In 2005, it was announced that Stan Lee had agreed to executive produce the film for DreamWorks, with Yuen Woo-ping directing from a Bruce McKenna screenplay.[1] In 2005, Avi Arad stated that he thought that a PG-13 adaptation was possible.[2] In 2006, Ang Lee confirmed his and Yuen's continued involvement with the project.[1] However, no further developments have been announced to date. In December 2018, Marvel Studios hired David Callaham to write the screenplay for a Shang-Chi film, with the intent of hiring a director of Asian descent.[3]


  • The first Asian Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • This movie was going to be made by Paramount Pictures before Disney bought Marvel.
  • Justin Tipping, Alan Yang, and Deborah Chow were in the running to direct the film before it went to Destin Daniel Cretton.
  • Destin Daniel Cretton is second asian male director to direct a Marvel movie and the the fourth asian director to direct a superhero movie.
  • Before Simu Liu was announced as Shang-Chi, Ludi Lin, Steven Yeun, Mike Moh who played Triton Mander-Azur on Inhumans, Alex Landi and Ross Butler were all being considered for the role.
  • Donnie Yen was considered for a role.
  • This film will feature the Mandarin as Shang-Chi's enemy. The Mandarin is traditionally the enemy of Iron Man/Tony Stark, but he was brought in for this film as it felt more appropriate for a Chinese hero to fight a Chinese villain.
  • The Mandarin replaces Shang-Chi's comic book father Fu Manchu, a "problematic character" associated with racist stereotypes whom Marvel Studios does not hold the film rights to.
  • This will be Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh's second movie together after Crazy Rich Asians.
  • Michelle Yeoh also appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Aleta Ogord.
  • The film's initial release date of February 12, 2020, is on the first day of the Chinese New Year.
  • The first unit production was suspended on March 12, 2020 due to Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolating while awaiting results after being tested for coronavirus while the second unit filming and other production aspects planned to continue as normal.


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