Staying in the loop with the MCU means you can’t afford to miss out on the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The cinematic universe’s widely celebrated third phase boasted such groundbreaking cultural behemoths as Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, but that era has passed. Phase Four is officially underway.
Interestingly, the slate kicked off with a transition onto the small screen and audiences flocked to Disney+ to check out WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. As for the studio’s movie output, on the other hand, we were welcomed back into cinemas for Black Widow, which saw Scarlett’s Johansson’s iconic and titular assassin finally score a stand-alone vehicle.
However, marking a change in the way we consume MCU blockbusters, Disney+ subscribers were invited to watch it courtesy of Premier Access through an additional fee.
So, now that it’s about time for the second film of the phase, let’s consider where to watch Shang-Chi…
Where to watch Shang-Chi: When is it streaming?
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will screen exclusively in UK and US theaters from Friday, September 3rd 2021.
The decision to have the film – as well as the forthcoming Eternals – open in cinemas without streaming access was announced earlier this year.
However, Decider notes that Shang-Chi will be available to stream at home from Monday, October 18th 2021, which is approximately 45 days after it debuts in cinemas. This is due to a shortened theatrical window and it will likely be made available on Disney+ at this date.
More details regarding streaming will likely emerge after the film opens, but the release has already been referred to as an “interesting experiment” by Disney CEO Bob Chapek during one of the company’s Q3 investors call.
He elaborated: “The prospect of being able to take a Marvel title to the service after going theatrical for 45 days will be yet another data point to inform our actions going forward on our titles.”
So, if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the Marvel character’s induction into the MCU and want to see it as soon as it releases, a visit to the cinema is simply a must. Now that you know where to watch Shang-Chi, let’s dive into what to expect.
Celebrating the Legend of the Ten Rings cast
Taking place in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, we’re invited to get acquainted with Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu), who is ushered into the Ten Rings organization and challenged to confront a past he thought long behind him.
We can expect the level of spectacle and scope we’ve grown to cherish from the MCU, as well as martial arts and, indeed, a stellar cast. Take a look at some of the exceptional talents aboard Destin Daniel Cretton’s latest directorial feature:
- Simu Liu as Shang-Chi
- Awkwafina as Katy
- Tony Chiu-Wai Leung as Wenwu / The Mandarin
- Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan
- Tim Roth as Abomination
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Fala Chen as Jiang Li
- Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery
- Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist
- Dallas Liu as Ruihua
- Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon
- Meng’er Zhang as Xialing
- Andy Le as Death Dealer
- Jodi Long as Mrs. Chen
- Fernando Chien as Gao Lei
- Arnold Sun as Teen Shang-Chi
- Alexandre Chen as various
- Jayden Zhang as Young Shang-Chi
“That’s the journey…”
Speaking with SlashFilm over Zoom, the film’s director opened up about what attracted him to the project and how it’s arrived at the right time:
“For me, I just really connect with Shang-Chi and that journey of self-discovery is something that I find myself in currently in the state of the world that we’re in, and in a lot of the things that we’ve all gone through, the ups and downs we’ve gone through over the past couple of years.”
Daniel added: “I find myself looking into my past and trying to understand how I can use this pain or these struggles and flip them around and turn them into something positive that I can move forward with optimism.
“And to me, that’s the journey that Shang-Chi is on and I find it extremely relatable and I find it much more relatable than if he was just magically hit by an asteroid and got his super powers that way.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens in US and UK cinemas on Friday, September 3rd 2021.
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