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It’s time to meet Marvel’s new superhero. Marvel Studios today released first a poster and a couple of photos, and then the first teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The upcoming film is Marvel’s first work focusing on the Asian superhero, and the trailer has the task of first introducing Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), also known as The Master of Kung Fu.
He has to face the past he thought he left behind when he was dragged into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. His father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), raised Shang-Chi as his successor, and Wenwu is the head of the infamous Ten Rings organization. Wenwu was known in the movie world under various names, including The Mandarin.
Shang-Chi also continues a story that has been part of Marvel’s cinematic universe from the very beginning: Wenwu is linked to Ten Rings, a notorious terrorist organization first mentioned in the 2008 Iron Man.
The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) and the screenplay is written by Cretton, David Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Producers are Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, while executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth.
“There were a lot of iterations of Shang-Chi through the comics, but there was always that fundamental relationship between him and his father that was extremely complicated – and that was something I really connected with.” – director Destin Daniel Cretton told EW. “That was a big part of what I presented: using a film to research the psychology of a child who was trained to become a killer in his youth. Now that he is beyond all that, how will he learn to redefine himself in the world and find a balance in his relationship with his father? ”
Other lead roles are played by Awkwafin, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng and Michelle Yeoh.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings hits theaters on September 3rd.