The Marvel panel at Comic-Con announced that Simu Liu will play Shang Chi, and that Tony Leung will play the Mandarin in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.” Marvel also announced that Awkwafina is starring in the movie, which will release in theaters in February 2021. Marvel is keeping a lot of the project under wraps at the moment, but we do know that it will part of the new phase 4 strategy with “The Eternals.
In the comics, Shang-Chi is a half-Chinese, half-American superhero created by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi has been a longtime favorite with comic book readers and is a master of several martial art styles and weapons. The first appearance of the character was in 1973 with a Special Marvel Edition #15 by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.
Fans should be excited to see the Mandarin appear in the movie, and we hope it’s the real Mandarin this time. A version of the character, which turned out to be a man posing as the Mandarin and angering fans for years, first appeared in “Iron Man 3” in 2013. In that film, Ben Kingsley played the role of who we thought was the Mandarin, but we will have a new actor taking on the moniker in phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As we mentioned earlier, Marvel also announced the cast of “The Eternals,” which stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, and Don Lee. The Eternals have been around a long time in the comics, and are beings created millions of years ago through alien experimentation on humans. Just like the superheroes found on Earth, they resemble humans, and they each have incredible powers. They often fight for the good side, living in space in a secluded city far away.
San Diego Comic-Con runs from Thursday July 18th through July 21st, and you can find more SDCC Headlines to stay on top of the announcements and trailers.
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