Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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Shang-Chi and the Legend
of the Ten RingsShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings poster.jpegTheatrical release poster
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
Screenplay by Dave CallahamDestin Daniel CrettonAndrew Lanham
Story by Dave Callaham
Destin Daniel Cretton
Based on Marvel Comics
Budget $150–200 million
Box office $390.7 million
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a 2021 American superhero film based on Marvel Comics featuring the character Shang-Chi. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures it is the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay he wrote with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi alongside Awkwafina Meng’er Zhang Fala Chen Florian Munteanu Benedict Wong Michelle Yeoh Ben Kingsley and Tony Leung. In the film Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past when his father Wenwu (Leung) the leader of the Ten Rings organization draws Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing (Zhang) into a search for a mythical village.
A film based on Shang-Chi entered development in 2001 but work did not begin in earnest until December 2018 when Callaham was hired. Cretton joined in March 2019 with the project fast-tracked as Marvel’s first film with an Asian lead. The film’s title and primary cast were announced that July revealing the film’s connection to the Ten Rings organization which previously appeared throughout the MCU and its leader Wenwu. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian director and a predominantly Asian cast. Filming began in Sydney in February 2020 but was put on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in August before completing in October with additional shooting occurring in San Francisco.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiered in Los Angeles on August 16 2021 and was released in the United States on September 3 as part of Phase Four of the MCU. It has grossed $390 million worldwide making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2021. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised the choreography of the action sequences exploration and representation of Asian culture and the performances from the cast particularly Liu and Leung.
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Thousands of years ago Xu Wenwu discovers the mystical ten rings which grant immortality and godly powers. He establishes the Ten Rings organization conquering kingdoms and toppling governments throughout history. In 1996 Wenwu searches for Ta Lo a village said to harbor mythical beasts. He travels through a magical forest to the village entrance but is stopped by guardian Ying Li. The two fall in love and Wenwu abandons the Ten Rings. When the villagers reject Wenwu Li chooses to leave with him and they have two children Shang-Chi and Xialing. When Shang-Chi is 7 Li is murdered by Wenwu’s enemies the Iron Gang. Wenwu massacres the Iron Gang and resumes leadership of his organization. He makes Shang-Chi undergo brutal training in martial arts but does not allow Xialing to train so she teaches herself in secret. When Shang-Chi is 14 Wenwu sends him to assassinate the Iron Gang’s leader. After fulfilling his mission a demoralized Shang-Chi runs away to San Francisco and adopts the name “Shaun”.
In the present day Shang-Chi works as a valet with his best friend Katy who does not know about his past. They are attacked on a bus by the Ten Rings who steal a pendant that Li gave to Shang-Chi. Wenwu anonymously provides Shang-Chi with the location of Xialing and fearing that the Ten Rings will go after Xialing’s matching pendant from Li Shang-Chi decides to meet her. He reveals his past to Katy who insists on helping him. They find Xialing at an underground fight club in Macau which she founded after escaping from Wenwu. The Ten Rings attack the fight club and Wenwu arrives to capture Shang-Chi Katy Xialing and her pendant.
They are taken to the Ten Rings’ compound where Wenwu uses the pendants to reveal a magical map leading to Ta Lo. Wenwu explains that he has heard Li calling to him and believes she has been held captive in Ta Lo behind a sealed gate. He plans to destroy the village unless they release her. When his children and Katy object he imprisons them. The three meet former actor Trevor Slattery whom the Ten Rings imprisoned for impersonating Wenwu[N 1] and his hundun companion Morris who offers to guide them to Ta Lo.
The group escapes and goes to Ta Lo which exists in a separate dimension with various Chinese mythological creatures. They meet Ying Nan Li’s sister who explains the history of Ta Lo: thousands of years ago the village was attacked by the soul-consuming Dweller-in-Darkness and its minions but was saved by a Chinese dragon called the Great Protector who helped seal the Dark Gate to the Dweller’s world. According to Nan the Dweller-in-Darkness has been influencing Wenwu to believe Li is still alive so that he will open the Gate. Shang-Chi Xialing Katy Slattery and Morris join the villagers in training and preparing for Wenwu’s arrival using outfits and weapons crafted from dragon scales.
Wenwu and the Ten Rings arrive and attack. Wenwu overpowers Shang-Chi and forces him into the nearby lake then attacks the Gate with the rings. This allows some of the Dweller’s minions to escape and the Ten Rings join forces with the villagers to fight them. Shang-Chi is revived by the Great Protector which leaves the lake to battle the minions. Wenwu and Shang-Chi fight once more and Shang-Chi gains the upper hand but chooses to spare Wenwu. The Dweller-in-Darkness escapes the weakened Gate and attacks Shang-Chi. Wenwu saves Shang-Chi bequeathing him the rings before being killed by the Dweller-in-Darkness. Shang-Chi the Great Protector Xialing and Katy battle and kill the Dweller-in-Darkness. Afterwards Shang-Chi and Katy return to San Francisco where they are summoned by the sorcerer Wong to the Sanctum Sanctorum.
In a mid-credits scene Wong introduces Shang-Chi and Katy to Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers. They discover that the ten rings are emitting a mysterious signal. In a post-credits scene Xialing becomes the new leader of the Ten Rings after telling Shang-Chi that she was going to disband the organization.