It’s always fun to see things about a movie that are kept secret until the early release of toys reveal it to the world. While nothing is as Earth-shattering as when Hasbro released a The Force Awakens Rey figure with a lightsaber a week before the movie arrived in theaters (and then Lucasfilm worked overtime to scrub fan photos of it from the Internet), the recent release of Marvel’s Shang-Chi toys has revealed one small change to the lore from the comics in the transition to the MCU.
In the comics, the Ten Rings were actually rings that The Mandarin wore in each finger. That appears to be slightly different in the MCU.
Earlier in the week I found the Marvel Legends Shang-Chi figures on store shelves, and noticed that the Wenwu (The Mandarin in the movie) figure had five metal bands on each wrist; ten rings. I commented to a friend at the time that those could be the MCU’s Ten Rings as opposed to actual rings on his fingers. Now it looks like that could be the case.
Simu Liu Tweeted a photo of the entire toy line, and there are two role-play toys of the metal bands that The Mandarin wears, and the arm band toys are called “Legend of the Ten Rings”:
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has recently resumed production in Australia, and now another MCU actor has been spotted with Simu Liu in the country.
The Kogi Korean BBQ Instagram account snapped a picture they took with Benedict Wong with Simu Liu, who was obviously taking a break from filming:
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been rumored to take place during the five years of the blip, some have said it could be set in 2020, and it sounds like Wong wasn’t snapped. Also recent rumors have said that wizards do play at least some kind of role in the movie relating to Fin Fang Foom, and there’s also always the possibility of Wong showing up if any part of the movie takes place in Hong Kong due to the Sanctum there.
Things have been a little slow for Marvel news lately, but with productions starting back up after the shutdowns we’re starting to hear some cool things about the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe entries from sources close to the productions; beginning with next May’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The first bit might have been included in some of those “plot leaks” that appeared on places like 4Chan, but it means at least part of those are true. When the story starts The Mandarin and Shang-Chi are not enemies, and The Mandarin acts as a mentor figure for Shang-Chi. There might have been a plot leak that said that Shang-Chi worked for The Mandarin, and that would fit with him being a mentor to the young Master of Kung Fu when the movie starts.
Even bigger (literally) is the dragon Fin Fang Foom. We’ve known for a while that he’d appear in the movie, but now there are more details as to how he fits into the story and why we haven’t seen the giant dragon in the MCU yet.
Doctor Strange introduced the concept of magic to the MCU and showed us that there were sorcerers all around the world. That movie established that three Sanctums together helped protect the Earth, and it appears that concept of a magical trinity will continue in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings where there is a trio of wizards who are tasked with keeping Fin Fang Foom dormant. Obviously something is going to happen to them to cause the dragon to awaken in the movie.
Now this part is just my speculation, but what if Mordo carries through with his “too many sorcerers” mantra and unknowingly unleashes Fin Fang Foom by taking out those wizards? There have been some plot leaks that say Mordo shows up in the movie as a cameo, so it’d be a really cool connection back to that post-credits stinger in Doctor Strange to show Mordo robbing these wizards of their magic, only to unleash a giant dragon.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has resumed production in Australia and is currently scheduled for release in May of 2021. Hopefully we’ll learn some more details, such as more cast members, as we get closer to that release date.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently resuming filming in Australia, and it looks like one long-rumored cast member is now confirmed to be in the movie.
Back in January, the Weekly Planet reported that Michelle Yeoh would be starring in the movie. As with everything for Shang-Chi we haven’t had any casting information officially confirmed outside of the three cast members Marvel named in Hall H last year.
However, now Michelle Yeoh has posted a photo of her in Sydney getting another Coronavirus test and both Simu Lui and Awkwafina commented on the post:
Obviously she’ll be playing a different role than she did in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as it’s clear by now that Marvel Studios doesn’t have an issue with someone playing more than one role in the MCU.
There have been a lot of hints that this was coming, but now it appears to be official. The one MCU movie that was in production when filming was halted due to the Coronavirus Pandemic will be resuming production this month.
Deadline has confirmed that Shang-Chi: And the Legend of the Ten Rings will resume production in Australia at the end of the month. They say the film is in prep now to resume and that Marvel is taking careful steps to resume filming.
When we’ll see the first footage is unknown, but on Instagram a few months ago Simu Liu indicated that they put together something very cool for San Diego Comic Con if it didn’t end up being cancelled.
Last night, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton decided to test himself for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution as he has a newborn. As people on the internet don’t read past the headline, everyone panicked. He doesn’t have symptoms, he’s just testing to make sure he doesn’t have it due to having a newborn, and the 2nd unit filming is continuing as he waits for the results.
Today Simu Liu posted an update on Instagram about the main unit being paused, and confirmed they’re still filming to deliver an awesome Shang-Chi movie:
We know Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently filming in Australia, but beyond the three officially cast roles we don’t know too much about who else is in the movie. We know that Rosalind Chao was cast as someone called “Mom” in the movie, but there really hasn’t been any other word on cast members as Marvel has been able to keep the lid on it pretty well.
But now we might know who one of the secondary villains in the fight tournament is. According to Garth Franklin at Dark Horizons, who lives in Australia and has good sources down there, Florian Munteanu of Creed 2 (he played Ivan Drago’s son) was apparently cast as a “Secondary Villain” in the movie.
If you remember a few months ago, MCU Cosmic revealed that Shang-Chi would face off against multiple villains from his comic past in the movie including Tiger-Claw, Moving Shadow, Razor-Fist, and Ghost Maker. It’s possible that Munteanu is playing one of those.
It’s been rumored for a very long time, but now it looks more and mor likely to be happening. One of the most infamous monsters in the Marvel Universe will soon be making their MCU debut in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
According to Daniel Richtman (via Full Circle Cinema) Fin Fang Foom will indeed be appearing in Shang-Chi. An older 4Chan plot leak from months ago, which has been spread around Reddit, was the first to say the alien dragon would appear and that the Mandarin makes Shang-Chi participate a fight tournament to earn the rings. It’s sounding more likely that plot leak has some elements that are accurate.
There have been sly hints to Fin Fang Foom in the past movies of the MCU, specifically the Iron Man trilogy. In the first Iron Man, an Adi Granov poster of his Fin Fang Foom design can be seen on a building during the night-time freeway scenes, and of course in Iron Man 3 people thought the dragon carving behind Trevor on the movie posters was a nod to the alien dragon.
With the MCU going full cosmic now and people used to shapeshifting aliens with the Skrulls, giant celestial beings, and purple conquerers who wipe out half the life in the universe, a giant shape-shifting alien dragon isn’t out of the question for the movies.
If you want more evidence Shan-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently in production in Australia, it looks like Simu Liu is figuring out how to fight in his leather costume.
The other day Brie Larson again confirmed those Captain Marvel on Vormir photos were just a camera test, and commented on remembering what it was like to figure out how to move in the costume. Shang-Chi himself responded that he’s doing the same thing right now:
This could also be a clue that Shang-Chi will have a costume in the MCU, possibly something similar to the red and black jumpsuit he’s worn in the comics in the modern area.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has apparently been filming for a few weeks now in Australia, but Marvel Studios has been very good as keeping it secret. Despite being in production, we still only know of three cast members officially, and due to them filming a lot of sound stages there hasn’t been a single leak from paparazzi photos.
But now we have one picture from the set, and it comes from Simu Liu in the makeup chair getting ready for go be the Master of Kung-Fu. He posted a tease via an Instagram story this afternoon, showing off his Avengers phone case:
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters in less than a year at this point, and with filming underway it wouldn’t be shocking if Marvel revealed some footage from the movie over the summer at one of their big convention appearances such as San Diego Comic Con.