Marvel releases Shang-Chi trailer starring Canada's Simu Liu

The Marvel Cinematic Universe's first superhero movie starring an Asian lead is due out on September 3

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      The trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first superhero movie starring an Asian lead is here.

      This morning, the studio dropped the first official teaser trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings starring Kim’s Convenience actor Simu Liu, who happens to be celebrating a birthday today.

      “Whoever said that you could only RECEIVE presents on your birthday? Today, I’m giving you your FIRST LOOK at the teaser poster for ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” the Toronto actor wrote on Twitter.

      The martial arts epic was originally slated for a February 2021 release date but has been pushed back a few times due to the pandemic. Liu teased on Twitter the trailer would arrive in a few weeks—but Marvel apparently didn’t want to wait.

      Now, Shang-Chi is due to hit theatres on September 3. Given that the COVID-19 situation and vaccination campaign is so far looking promising south of the border, that date doesn’t seem like a total fantasy at this point—though whether Canadians will be ready to return to physical cinemas by late summer is an open question.

      Marvel owner Disney is putting out actioner Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson via a hybrid release model, dropping on streaming platform Disney+ and in cinemas simultaneously on July 9.

      Shang-Chi is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) based on a screenplay by David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984). The cast also includes Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Ronny Chieng.

      Shang-Chi was introduced in Marvel Comics in 1973. The film promises to centre on Shang-Chi’s relationship with his villainous father Wenwu, also known as the Mandarin (Leung).

      Liu went to Australia to film the movie after finishing work on Season 4 of the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, which just wrapped up with a series finale last week. Liu recently told us that he flew back to Toronto and quarantined for two weeks after production ended so he could immediately start shooting what would turn out to be the fifth and final season of the comedy series.

      “In an ideal world, things in Australia would have wrapped up super nicely and I would have come back in time for the start of Season 5,” he said. “But obviously, the universe had other plans for all of us.”

      Check out the trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings below.