Marvel is back—to movie theaters, that is—with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to be the first full-blown Marvel movie since the pandemic started to debut exclusively in movie theaters.
The martial-arts action flick stars Simu Liu as martial-arts master Shang-Chi, who is being forced to deal with his heroic destiny even though he’s spent years avoiding it. The movie also stars Awkwafina as his friend, Katy, and unwitting sidekick.
In the trailer, Shang-Chi will ultimately have to take on the mysterious Ten Rings organization and its shadowy leader, The Mandarin.
Shang-Chi comes out after Black Widow—starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz—but that movie, which is the first in Marvel’s Phase 4, is being released concurrently in theaters and on Disney+ premiere on July 9. Marvel movies will be released in a steady stream after that, with Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals set to premiere in theaters on November 5.
Besides Liu and Awkwafina, Shang-Chi also stars Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Muntenu and Ronny Chieng.
The movie 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. David Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham wrote the screenplay.
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuts only in movie theaters on Sept. 3.
Star Liu released the below poster on his social channels on Monday—his birthday—as well: