Disney and Marvel have released the first trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first MCU movie to be fronted by an Asian character.
Simu Liu plays the titular superhero, with the trailer portraying him a party-boy forced to confront his mysterious past, and ending with a spectacular bus sequence that pays homage to Speed.
Liu is joined by the likes of Akwafina, Michelle Yeah, and Tony Leung in the cast, while Destin Daniel Cretton directs from a script that he wrote with David Callahan and Andrew Lanham.
Liu also debuted a new poster on his Instagram, alongside a caption where he writes about the importance of the movie. Liu says “I never saw myself as the hero of my own story growing up. I struggled to find any Asian characters onscreen, and there were fewer still that made me feel truly proud of my heritage.
“It’s absolutely insane to think that in just over four months, we will have a Marvel Studios movie featuring an entirely Asian cast, each full of rich nuance and dimensionality. Shang Chi is more than just a movie – it is a celebration of our culture and a rallying cry for the forgotten, the unseen and the overlooked. It is a reminder to take up space, to stand tall, and to be unapologetically ourselves. Of course, it’s also going to deliver superhero action like you have NEVER. SEEN. BEFORE.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to hit screens worldwide on 3rd September.