After “Black Widow” and before “The Eternals”, Marvel introduced us to the superhero “Shang-Chi” in the feature film released on September 1 on French screens. The character will return to the Extended Universe as a second episode is in preparation.
The MCU’s First Asian Superhero
The health crisis has forced Marvel fans to go through a lean period, but now they can cheerfully ease their appetites. The studio reopened hostilities with a crazy rate of 4 feature films delivered in the space of just 6 months. Among them is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a new cornerstone in the MCU edifice that has seduced the Asian public as much as it has underlined Marvel’s desire for diversity.
The film was mostly based on the elements deployed in the comics, with Shaun seeing his father come back into his life to lure him into his criminal affairs. By refusing to join him, he transformed into Shang-Chi, a hero adept of martial arts. With $ 431 million reported at the global box office, the feature film is considered a success. The score is, of course, lower than those usually achieved by Marvel, but the particular context caused by the pandemic is a game-changer.
A second Shang-Chi film and a new Disney + series
Shang-Chi hasn’t said his last word and has a future in the MCU. We do not know if he will mingle with the stories of other heroes but we now know that he will have the right to a second solo adventure. Deadline announces that director Destin Daniel Cretton will return to the script as well as behind the camera. An agreement that comes as part of his recent deal with Disney / Marvel. The scenario for this sequel is unknown at the moment, we can only say that Simu Liu will obviously be back in the headliner.
Barring a resounding failure, it seemed logical to us that a second film would see the light of day. Marvel launches several characters during its phase 4 and renews its army of superheroes, including through the small screen. A territory that Destin Daniel Cretton will also explore since the American media specifies thathe is developing an MCU show for the Disney + platform. The mystery remains on the identity of this show. We cannot say whether Shang-Chi will be involved in it or whether the Asian side of the House of Ideas will still be discussed.
The MCU’s schedule is, for now, well filled for the next few years. Shang-Chi 2 is unlikely to be released until 2024.