As a fan of martial arts in pretty much every form, I have been waiting for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings trailer to drop. And today it did and without a doubt, I can say that I was not disappointed. Now I won’t say that I wasn’t worried up until this point. Martial arts films are more than just hand-to-hand combat and flying through the air. They are an art form all to themselves that needs special attention to detail. I think what really won me over was this feeling that while I was watching Simu Liu throughout the trailer, I had such nostalgic feels that call back to the Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan days. I knew right then and there that this was going to be good.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ trailer opens as Shang-Chi (Liu) returns home to his father’s domain and examines a post that looks that have been punched over and over again. We then hear Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu (Tony Leung) telling him (and us) that he has allowed him to live a normal life for ten years and now it is time to return home to his side. We see flashbacks of Shang-Chi as a child constantly training and then flash to a time when he is an adult working low-end jobs, DJing, drinking and just seeming to have a good time.

But it really seems like Shang-Chi has something else in mind for his life. The second half of the trailer is a mix of beautifully choreographed fight scenes, slow-motion cinematics, and a runaway bus. And we can’t forget that there are giant lions. Did you see the giant lions? Now along with the trailer, Entertainment Weekly also released exclusive first-look images of Shang-Chi in his suit, which is something that doesn’t appear in the trailer. I am dancing in my seat, just thinking about what else we will get to see! More fight scenes are a top priority on my list and diving into the backstory of the characters. It is fascinating to see how Marvel is expanding their universe and their superhero films’ style. 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars a packed cast of Asian actors, including Liu, Leung, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng. Destin Daniel Cretton will be directing from a screenplay by David Callaham. As with all Marvel films, Kevin Feige will be serving as the producer. The film is based on the Shang-Chi comics by Steve Englehart and Steve Starlin.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will fly into theaters on September 3, 2021. You can check out the trailer, movie poster and the first look images below. What do you think of this packed martial arts trailer? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movie poster.

 

Shang-Chi dressed for action in EW first look image.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Xialing, Shang-Chi and Katy standing together in EW first look image.

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Wenwu standing on his own behind a bar in EW first look image.

Wenwu (Tony Leung) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

 

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