Alas! Marketing has finally commenced for for Marvel Studios’ brand new film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a film that has seen numerous release date shuffles. Now that it’s final release date has been set for September of this year, it’s only high time that Marvel starts putting time into hyping us up and these new images do the job. Check it out!
It’s nothing too fancy but at least we get a look at the titular character played by the charismatic Simu Liu and the core cast. The big one here is Tony Leung as Wenwu, who we know to be the Mandarin in the story. In his forearms are what seem to be the actual ten rings. Early leaked concept art gave us an initial look but it’s nice to see it in live-action. As always, the main character’s costume looks intricately designed which is fantastic.
There are some interesting plot details from the Entertainment Weekly coverage regarding Shang-Chi and Wenwu’s origin. Producer Jonathan Schwartz elaborates on this version of the Mandarin:
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. I think people hear ‘the Mandarin’ and expect a very specific kind of thing, and that may not be the thing they’re getting. They’re hopefully getting a more complex and layered take on the character than that name would lead you to.
As mentioned in his post, we should get the first trailer in a couple of weeks and that’s sure to amp our excitement for this movie.