Marvel Studios released an all-new featurette titled “Destiny” for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In the two-minute clip, producer Kevin Feige, stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina, and director Destin Daniel Cretton talk about Shang-Chi’s backstory and his connection to the Ten Rings and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
After leaving his past behind him, Shang-Chi (Liu) starts over in San Francisco, but his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung) has other plans. He wants his son back in his mysterious Ten Rings organization — which we learn is the terrorist organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in the very first Iron Man film. Shang-Chi must now confront his past, alongside his best friend Katy (Awkwafina), and find his new future.
The Ten Rings organization is the reason Tony Stark is who he is. After learning his father is an evil warlord, Shang-Chi escaped the organization for the ten years. If the timeline is current, Shang-Chi would have been around during the organization’s interaction with the famous tech billionaire. The action shown in the segment is also pretty cool. Liu and Leung’s fight scenes looks stunning with its VFX and use of martial arts. The war scene with the mythical lions looks beautiful.
“My heart is definitely in the project,” says director Destin Daniel Cretton. “It feels in line with everything I believe in and it is a crazy, giant ride that we are gonna go on.”
The featurette also provides the audience details of Liu’s casting as well as his portrayal as the powerful martial artist. It only took a tweet from Liu to Marvel that piqued their interest. And, it worked.
“Shang-Chi was made for Simu,” says Awkwafina. “And, I could feel his passion for it.”
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings opens in U.S. theaters on September 3.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers. The film also stars Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.