What we already knew about the project
Several versions of a Shang-Chi project had been in development for about twenty years. However, none of them have ever made it to the big screen. Due to the massive success of Black Panther, who showed the power of Marvel films directed by people of color, Shang-Cih and the legend of the ten rings was announced quickly in December 2018. The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and written by Dave Callaham.
Simu Liu plays the titular hero, Shang-Chi. Tony Leung portrays the supervillain, The Mandarin, and Awkwafina has a major role but details on his character are unknown. Not much is known about the project, only that it will involve the Ten Rings organization. This group has been referenced in several MCU movies, especially those dealing with Iron Man. Last year, the Marvel fansite Cosmic MCU, four villains could be in the film: Steel Claw, Moving Shadow, Razor-Fist and Ghostmaker. The film’s cast members who have yet to be confirmed include Michelle Yeoh and Florian Munteanu.
RELATED: This Marvel Superhero Is One Of The Most Spoken Celebrities On Twitter
They say production is back for the film
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Originally slated to hit theaters on February 12, 2021. Due to the pandemic, it has been moved to May 7, 2021. There is still a chance that it could be pushed back once more due to the ever-changing nature of industry while the pandemic is still ongoing.
RELATED: How Many Spider-Women Are Joining The MCU?
An Australian news station first reported that the show had resumed production. ComicBook.com later reported the return to production, posting a note that cast and crew members received.
“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a newborn baby,” the note read. “He wanted to be more careful given the current environment and decided to get tested for COVID-19 today. He is currently self-isolating on the recommendation of his doctor. While awaiting the results of the test, we are suspending production of the 1st unit very cautiously until it obtains the results next week. The second unit and production shutdown will continue as normal. We’ll be contacting everyone by Tuesday for the latest update. It is an unprecedented period. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.
The next earliest Marvel movie to release, The Eternals, production packaged last February. It will be released in February 2021, before Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings.