Marvel Announces Shang-Chi Film, Cast, Release Date

Marvel Studios revealed the official title for its Shang-Chi film -- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings -- along with its release date of February 12, 2021.

Along with Chinese Canadian actor Awkwafina, who has also joined the film, Simu Liu will be playing the title character, Shang Chi, with Tony Leung playing its villain, the elusive Mandarin.

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Created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, Shang-Chi first appeared in 1973's Special Marvel Edition #15. The powerful hero has been a member of such groups as Heroes for Hire, Secret Avengers, Avengers and Agents of Atlas. He's skilled in martial arts and able to duplicate himself. The title of his movie indicates he'll come face to face with the Mandarin.

The Mandarin's name was last mentioned in Marvel's All Hail the King one-shot short film. In it, Trevor Slattery -- the imposter Mandarin during the events of Iron Man 3 -- comes to realize that there is a very real Mandarin in control of the clandestine Ten Rings organization.

It seems this thread from 2013 will finally be tied into the MCU properly in the Shang Chi film.

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Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the Mandarin and Awkwafina. The film arrives in theaters on February 12, 2021.

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