Since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has been one insidious figure lurking in the deepest, darkest, depths, a character thought to be merely a legend: the Mandarin, the immortal leader of a worldwide terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings. It was the Ten Rings that was responsible for kidnapping Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in Iron Man. It was a Ten Rings operative that bartered with Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) in Iron Man 2. And it was the Mandarin himself that was impersonated by Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) and blamed for the terrorist acts committed by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) in Iron Man 3. There have been other hints scattered throughout the MCU, from graffiti to tattoos, but we’ve never gotten to see the true Mandarin until now.
In an incredibly action-packed teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings, we not only get to see the title hero in action for the first time, but we get to see that the Mandarin is, in fact, a real person (played by Tony Leung), that he is the father of Shang-Chi, and he definitely controls ten rings — in the comics portrayed as actual rings, but in the MCU as bracelets or arm bands — that give him incredible powers, including control of water, electricity and possibly even life itself. Strap in, this is basically the MCU by way of Crouching Tiger and Mortal Kombat, with kung fu action, a sword-handed assassin, dragons and even giant foo dogs!
When Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is drawn into the clandestine Ten Rings organization, he is forced to confront the past he thought he left behind.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, from a screenplay he wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, with Tony Leung as Wenwu, aka the Mandarin, Awkwafina as Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Fala Chen as Jiang Li and Florian Muneanu as Razor Fist.
The movie opens in theaters on September 3rd.
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