Anticipation for the latest release from Marvel Studios, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is fueled not just by plot, but also by the cultural shift it represents. The titular character in the groundbreaking film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is physically and mentally tested as he must confront the past when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The movie tells the never-before-seen origin story of Shang-Chi, the MCU’s first Chinese American Super Hero. This pivotal chapter in the MCU inspired each element of the movie, including music, set design and other influences seen throughout the film, which makes it even more of a not-to-be-missed release. Before the film hits theaters on September 3, HYPEBEAST rounded up the top five reasons to see Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi is played by Simu Liu and, according to director Daniel Destin Cretton, the movie “shows the Asian-American experience through the eyes of a budding superhero.” In addition to Liu, the film also features a stacked supporting cast, including Awkwafina, Fala Chen, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Michelle Yeoh. Cretton’s vision, however, was brought to life by more than just casting. The influence of East-Asian action cinema can be seen combined with the look and feel of the Marvel Universe throughout the film.
Other elements like set and costume design, led by Sue Chan and Kym Barrett respectively, also contribute to bringing the comic to life. With its impressive list of actors, creative influences and collaborators, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is ushering in a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out the top five reasons to see the new, groundbreaking film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the video above. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters on September 3.