Marvel Studios released the teaser trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings this morning
Simu Liu, who plays the film's titular character, Shang-Chi, celebrates his birthday today and shared with his fans the poster for the film
Coincidence it got released the same day as his birthday? We think not! Always sneaky Marvel definitely planned this. And, well played!
The teaser trailer offered a sneak into the film. Here are some of the small details you may have missed:
1. Shang-Chi's powers
The film will mark the character's debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Those who are familiar with the character from the comics will know that he has no superpowers of his own and his physical abilities stem from his mastery of chi.
As seen from the trailer, he underwent vigorous martial arts training since his childhood to become the ultimate warrior, surpassing the peak of human performance. Hence, becoming a force to be reckoned with. We get a hint of this in this scene where Shang-Chi seems to react to the water as if it were frozen.
2. The lyrics for Aladdin's A Whole New World
Blink and you'll miss it. In the background on the screen during the karaoke scene, reads "Over sideways and under". This is a line from the lyrics for Aladdin's A Whole New World.
This was perhaps a fun nod to the whole Walt Disney universe as the media giant owns Marvel Studios and all its properties as well.
3. Shang-Chi's father, Wen Wu, is the Mandarin
Marvel fans will know the Mandarin as Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3, where he was played by Ben Kingsley. But in Shang-Chi, they will get to meet the real Mandarin. Tony Leung will be playing the character, who is the father of Shang-Chi and the master of the Ten Rings.
4. Awkwafina, whose role was undisclosed before, is playing Katy
The opening scenes show a montage of Shang-Chi and Katy's friendship. Awkwafina, who most recently played the role of Sisu in Raya and the Last Dragon, plays Katy, a close friend and confidant of Shang-Chi.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Awkwafina said of her character, "[Katy] doesn't do a lot of the heavy lifting. But at the end of the day, she has a real heart, and she has loyalty and dedication to her friendship with Shang-Chi. She's super brave."
5. Introducing Razor Fist
The character will be portrayed by Creed 2 star Florian Munteanu. Razor Fist is an assassin and a member of the Ten Rings organisation led by the Mandarin.
According to the MCU Wiki, the original Razor Fist in the comics was William Young, who had razors on both of his hands and was accompanied by Douglas Scott and William Scott, each of whom had only a single razor. Eventually, William Young and William Scott were both killed, and Douglas became the sole Razor Fist, replacing his remaining hand with a razor.
6. The mysterious guy in the mask is Death Dealer
Death Dealer is a guardian of the Ten Rings and as seen in the trailer, a former mentor of Shang-Chi.
7. The Kung Fu Hustle poster
If you look properly at the scene set in Shang-Chi's apartment, you'll see the Kung Fu Hustle poster on the wall on the far left. The movie is known widely for its martial arts action and cartoon style. Shang-Chi is apparently a fan.
8. Spider-Man character cameo
The cameo is none other than actor-comedian Zach Cherry, who played the street vendor in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Shang-Chi and The Legend Of The Ten Rings is slated for release in local cinemas on 2 September 2021!