2021 is set to become a big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as 4 movies has now been confirmed to arrive during that year which includes Doctor Strange Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, the untitled Spider-Man 3 movie, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. With the latter kicking off the phase 4 slate in 2021, Production List has revealed that production for the Asian superhero film is set to begin on November 1st.
Variety previously reported that the production of Shang-Chi is set to take place in Sydney, Australia. And now, the listing also revealed that the film is also slated to shoot scenes in Los Angeles. Moreover, we also got a glimpse of an initial description of the film which describes the titular character and teases a complicated relationship with his father.
In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off ot the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills.
The description given is our first glimpse of the story being written for the movie. Fans have known since SDCC that The Mandarin will come out of the shadows and be the main villain. In the comics, the China-based globalist father of Shang-Chi is a leader of an international crime syndicate. This led to various speculations that this globalist character is going to be The Mandarin himself . This presents an interesting dynamic between the two characters and a greater emotional conflict. With Shang-Chi being raised in a “reclusive” China compound, this presents an opportunity for the MCU to have an answer to the lingering question of where the character is during the events of past MCU films.
Anything can change since the description given is not the official synopsis. Given that it is a daunting task to introduce an iconic villain and the first Asian superhero in the MCU, all bets are off on how Marvel Studios will pull this off.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings, which premieres on February 12, 2021, stars Simu Liu as the titular character and Tony Leung as the iconic villain.