Marvel fans have another reason to get excited, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings set for its September release date on the big screen.
Director Daniel Cretton has confirmed the movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), with the film being the second in Phase Four behind Black Widow.
Here’s all you need to know about Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, including where to watch and who’s in the cast.
When will Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings be released?
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will now be released on 3 September 2021.
This is the third and final release date, having been previously set for 8 May and then 9 July.
The movie will be released directly into cinemas, and Disney have confirmed that Shang-Chi will not be available on Disney+ Premier Access.
Is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings part of the MCU?
Director Daniel Cretton has confirmed the movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Cretton confirmed that the second film in the MCU’s Phase 4 – after Black Widow, which was the first film to be released – is set "in the present day in the MCU timeline".
This means the plot of Shang-Chi takes place after the Blip, when the Hulk wore Tony Stark’s Nano Gauntlet to resurrect the victims of Thanos’ Snap across the universe, with Shang-Chi following on from the events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
Who’s in the cast of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?
Simu Liu takes on the leading role of Shang-Chi. The character is previously known for his days in the comic books as the Master of Kung Fu. Liu is most recognisable for his role in the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience.
Super villain Wenwu will be played by Tony Leung. The character is best known by his pseudonym The Mandarin.
Director Daniel Cretton said to Entertainment Weekly: “A character like Wenwu could have easily been a one-dimensional villain with no heart. Tony opened this character up [so] this is an antagonist who has a deep ability to love.”
Crazy Rich Asian’s star Awkwafina will play Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Star Trek actress Michelle Yeoh will play Jiang Nan.
Heavyweight boxer Florian Munteanu also features as the villain Razor Fist.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has also confirmed that both Wong and Abomination will be appearing in the film.
What have the critics made of Shang-Chi?
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has received glowing reviews after early screenings of the film.
First reactions have praised the film as "fantastic", "phenomenal", "astounding", and even a game-changer.
Collider’s Steven Weintraub said that Shang-Chi stood out from the many other Marvel movies, and praised the casting of Simu Liu in particular.
ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis wrote that Shang-Chi was surprisingly dark, and that appropriately for a film about a martial arts master the action was unlike anything we’ve seen from Marvel so far.
We Live Entertainment’s Scott Menzel named Shang-Chi as the best superhero film of 2021 over the likes of Black Widow and The Suicide Squad