Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings wrapped with zero positive coronavirus test. The upcoming Marvel Studios project will debut Simu Liu as the MCU's first headlining Asian hero. Directed by Destin Cretton, the film was officially announced during San Diego Comic-Con in 2019.
Originally slated to hit theaters this February, the film was pushed back a couple of times after Marvel Studios shifted its full Phase 4 slate due to the coronavirus pandemic. Much like every Hollywood production, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was in limbo for months when shelter-in-place mandates were put in place to curb the spread of the virus. Months later, it restarted filming; now, principal photography is officially done, giving it enough time to be finished for its July 2021 release date.
Taking it to his official Instagram account, Liu celebrated the end of filming for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with an image of himself wearing the film's official jacket. In the accompanying caption, the actor proudly reveals that they didn't have anyone contracting the coronavirus after conducting 40,000 tests. He also shared some of the strict guidelines they followed, including executing a pod system and strict mask-wearing protocols.
Our crew came to get it DONE! This shoot was a marathon like no other, broken up by a massive four-month hiatus during which the world completely and irrevocably changed. We finally returned to principle photography in July with a promise that we were going to do it right, emphasizing the health and safety of our hundreds of crew members. Through the thirteen-odd weeks back we made on-set safety an absolute priority, starting from masks and frequent sanitization to rapid testing and pod systems. Everyone sacrificed, and in the end? Over 40,000 CoVID tests without a SINGLE positive. From the lights to the sound, behind the screen and in front, I’m so proud of this crew of people and I can’t wait to show you what we made with @destindaniel. Also - I know, I have to get rid of that chandelier... #ItCameWithThePlace
It can be remembered that not long after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings began filming, news broke out that Cretton was getting tested for coronavirus and was isolating from the rest of the cast and crew. That turned out to be a false alarm, but filming couldn't continue anyway due to the virus's rapid spread. As Liu revealed in his post, they were able to restart filming in July quietly. Aside from images of set exteriors, nothing else came out during this time. Marvel Studios still hasn't confirmed additional core cast members for the movie, aside from Liu, Tony Leung playing the real Mandarin, and Akwafina in portraying an unconfirmed character.
It didn't seem like it was easy achieving such a massive feat based on Liu's post. Filming these blockbusters is already challenging enough, and one can only imagine how much more difficult they are in the age of a pandemic where physical distancing is critical. But, if there's any takeaway from what Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was able to achieve, it's that there's a way to continue production while keeping people safe. They set a high bar, not just for future Marvel Studios films, but Hollywood in general.
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