Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is ready to resume production, and a new video shows off its massive village set. Officially announced last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Shang-Chi will star Simu Liu as the titular kung fu master and introduce him to the MCU. Specific plot details are still being kept under wraps, but the film's villain has already been confirmed: The Mandarin. While the comics villain was technically included in Iron Man 3, he turned out to be a fake; Shang-Chi will feature the real one, and he will be played by Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. Also rounding out the cast is Awkwafina in an unknown role.
Production on Shang-Chi began in Australia earlier this year, and fans were offered quick glimpses at the set at that time. However, the coronavirus pandemic soon shut filming down, and director Destin Daniel Cretton even took a COVID test. While it came back negative, production remained suspended for months, just as it did for numerous other film shoots. Reports emerged last month suggesting Shang-Chi was aiming to begin again by the end of July, and that timeline seems to have held mostly true.
Australian outlet 7NEWS (via chanma50 on Reddit) shared some aerial footage of the Shang-Chi set, which is in the process of being built. Fans can get a good look at an Asian village being constructed in the video, which also confirmed the Shang-Chi cast and crew has returned to the country. Filming is expected to begin again the coming days. You can see the video down in the space below.
Shang-Chi was initially scheduled for release in February 2021, but the production delay (as well as Marvel moving Black Widow to November) sent the film to May 2021. Now that production is ramping up again, it can hopefully avoid any further release delays, though it's unclear exactly how much work is left. If there's still too much to do, Shang-Chi could see itself moved once again.
Still, any sign of progress is reassuring, especially since there were once concerns Marvel wouldn't be able to start their productions again until next year. As the first Marvel movie centered on an Asian hero, there's a lot of anticipation surrounding Shang-Chi, and fans are eager to learn anything new about the project. This new look at the set is especially intriguing, even if no actors can be seen. It at least gives fans an idea of what Shang-Chi will look like, and it's pretty cool seeing it all come together. Now that things are moving once again, perhaps Marvel will share some new information soon.
Source: 7NEWS (via chanma50/Reddit)
Key Release Dates
- Black Widow (2020)Release Date: Nov 06, 2020
- Eternals (2021)Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
- Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: May 07, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021)Release Date: Dec 17, 2021
- Thor: Love And Thunder (2022)Release Date: Feb 11, 2022
- Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)Release Date: Mar 25, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: May 06, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: Jul 08, 2022