Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)

Images via Getty Images / Marvel Entertainment
Images via Getty Images / Marvel Entertainment

Perhaps this will be the mea culpa Marvel fans need for Iron Fist? Shang-Chi (to be played by Simu Liu, who successfully campaigned for the role on Twitter) is known in the comics canon as the “Master of Kung Fu.” In those books, he’s often pitted against his father, immortal crime lord and sorcerer Fu Manchu, but onscreen he will face a familiar adversary.

“The Ten Rings has been in the MCU since the very beginning, those sons of bitches that Obadiah Stane hired [in Iron Man]. They helped out Whiplash a little bit in Iron Man 2,” Feige revealed. “There was an imposter that played the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. In an awesome short we did called All Hail the King, we revealed there is a real Mandarin and he was quite upset with the shenanigans they pulled in Iron Man 3.”

Legendary Chinese actor Tony Leung will play the real Mandarin, with Awkwafina co-starring in a yet-undisclosed role. (Perhaps as undercover MI-6 agent Leiko Wu?) Now, here’s hoping they opt to keep Shang-Chi’s pet monkey, Chee.

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung

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