Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings will be the 25th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It opens Friday,September 3, 2021. Have you seen the new trailer for it yet? If not, watch here. If so, watch again.
“All I Ever Wanted Was a Normal Life”
Good luck to any hero in the MCU having a normal life. It’s even harder when you’re the son of a major supervillain. “I thought I could change my name and start a new life,” says Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi’s main problem in his life is rooted in not knowing who he really is,” said director Destin Daniel Cretton in a statement. “He has to learn how to own every part of himself. If he doesn’t allow himself to look at all of it—the good, the bad, the light and the dark—and to own it all, he won’t be able to reach his full potential.”
“You Can’t Outrun Your Destiny”
“My son, the Ten Rings gave our family legendary power. Show me you are strong enough to carry them,” demands Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu. Wenwu is an alias of The Mandarin, the real Mandarin, not the fake from Iron Man 3. Wenwu believes in the test-to-destruction theory, and sends his minions to test how strong, how tough his son is. One scene in the trailer shows a Ten Rings henchman nearly ending the chance of Wenwu having grandchildren. Luckily. Shang-Chi is able to dodge the blade.
98% of the cast of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are of Asian heritage. Forget the days of Swedish actor Warner Oland, white American actor Sidney Toler, and German-American actor Roland Winters playing Charlie Chan. Canadian actor/stunt man Simu Liu (as Shang-Chi) and Hong Kong-born actor/singer Tony Leung (as Wenwu) are the real deal. Benedict Wong (Wong from Dr. Strange) compared being cast in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings “to be sat at a table of Asian excellence, it was amazing. And I’m a big fan of all of those artists. Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) is a massive idol of mine.”
What Do You Think?
Well, now that you’re one of the more than a million fans who have seen this trailer, what do you think? Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will definitely be an action-packed thriller. And Simu Liu will have his shirt off as eye candy for the ladies. Plus, the Abomination is back for the first time since 2008. Please share your opinions with us in the Comments section below. We love to hear from you. Or share this article on Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace, and discuss it with your friends,
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.