Marvel Reveals Shang-Chi Release Date. The Mandarin Will Be the Villain

Okay so SDCC has done it again. We’re all excited! Marvel has given us their complete slate and it includes Shang-Chi. The official title of the movie is – Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings. This is just huge as we’d finally see who the real Mandarin is after Trevor Slattery his falsely portrayed his identity.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings has been confirmed for a February 12, 2021 release. Kevin Feige has made the announcement for who Marvel’s Shang-Chi will be. He said:

“It’s been a really in-depth search to try to find somebody who will capture this character with all the dimensions that he deserves and it’s going pretty well. We found him.”

It’s Simu Liu! Here’s how the character of Simu Liu has been described by Comicbook.com:

“Raised to become a deadly assassin, Shang-Chi’s life gets turned upside down when he finds out the nefarious details surrounding his father. Shang-Chi then sets out to right his father’s wrongs, becoming Marvel’s “Master of Kung Fu” and serving as a member of Heroes for Hire and the Avengers.”

Director Destin Daniel Cretton will be directing the film and Tony Leung will be portraying the real Mandarin! Co-creator of the character Jim Starlin told Comicbook.com earlier this year:

“I didn’t know that it was coming. They only announced it a couple of weeks before the Endgame came out, and my wife and I were in South Africa, sort of trying to avoid most publicity stuff and so I’d never heard about it until I came back and some reporter I was talking to, I guess it was Monday, told me about it.

With Shang-Chi, I’m really curious because the trick is with that is to get a hook on it that will take it away from the millions of other kung fu movies that have been produced beforehand. You know, we don’t want just another Bruce Lee movie, we want something different, something really entertaining. I’d be curious and can’t wait to see what kind of hook that they get to take him in that direction a little bit different than where he’s been before.”

For the first time, Marvel will be launching a film with an Asian actor as the lead antagonist as well as the protagonist. It’d be really exciting to see what Simu Liu and Tony Leung bring to the table. It could be said that this sure is a big risk that Marvel is taking, but according to them, every film is kind of risky as every one of them is Unique!

Here’s what Kevin Feige said about that earlier this year:

“I think every movie that we do is a risk. We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks. Doing the story of an Asian-American hero of Chinese heritage is something that is very intriguing to us. It will be really different and special. I hope audiences around the world respond to it in the same way they did to Steve Rogers… whether they have [an] American flag or not. It’s about the individual storyline, spectacle and adventure that come with Marvel Studios movies.”

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