The trailer, which you can see below, shows the main character Shang Chi (Simu Liu) learning about his family’s legendary past, which includes using 10 rings that contain mystical powers. We then see Shang Chi battle others for the sake of the 10 rings. We learn more about the powers of the rings in this trailer. They appear mystical and magical all at once.
The trailer aired during the ESPN NBA Countdown show on Thursday night.
“Shang-Chi’s main problem is rooted in not knowing who he really is,” said “Shang Chi” director Destin Daniel Cretton in a statement to the Deseret News. “He has to learn how to own every part of himself. If he doesn’t allow himself to look at all of it — the good, the bad, the light and the dark — and to own it all, he won’t be able to reach his full potential.”
Cretton previously told The Hollywood Reporter back in January 2020 that the film will focus on family, and it will shine a light on a relatively unknown superhero.
- “I grew up without a superhero to look up to,” he said. “I gravitated to Spider-Man when I was a kid, primarily because he had a mask covering his face and I could imagine myself under that mask. I would love to give my son a superhero to look up to. I feel very privileged to be a part of telling that story.”
Cretton said on the “They Call Us Bruce” podcast that “the ideas of camaraderie, family and connection is something that will definitely be a part of this movie.”
Who is Shang-Chi in the comics?
As I wrote for the Deseret News, Shang-Chi joined the Avengers in the comic book story, deciding to opt out of working for a criminal network.
Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man recruited Shang-Chi to join the team. He was a popular character in the 1970s before he was sort of forgotten. He returned to the story in 2012 to join the Avengers, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” opens in theaters on Sept. 3, 2021.