Do you remember the first time you were ever introduced to the MCU?

Undoubtedly there have been plenty of fans gained along the journey of phases one through three. However, many were there right at the beginning with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008.

It was an exciting time for superhero fans, be it casual or downright obsessive. That’s because the majority of people already recognised the titular hero; the helmet was iconic long before Robert Downey Jr. wore it.

Since then, on the other hand, the MCU has had great success with characters that a large proportion of viewers had never even heard of, such as Guardians of the Galaxy.

James Gunn’s film, in particular, encouraged us all to trust in Marvel Studios, whether the protagonists are familiar or not. So, when everybody was asking “who is Shang-Chi?” it didn’t matter much. They still knew they’d be seeking it out when it arrived.

Yet, after the last two years, it’s safe to say that a lot of people would rather watch it at home. So, let’s get the Shang-Chi Disney Plus situation explained…

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Shang-Chi Disney Plus release explained

Unlike Black Widow which was made available in theaters and with Premier Access on Disney+ simultaneously, Shang-Chi is available exclusively in cinemas from Friday, September 3rd 2021.

Usually, films tend to have a 90-day theatrical window, which may seem disappointing to those eager to kick back on the sofa and tune into Shang-Chi sooner rather than later. However, there is some good news.

You’ll only have to wait half that time, as Decider acknowledges that the 2021 film will be available to stream from Monday, October 18th 2021. This is because it has been given a shorter theatrical window of just 45 days.

As suggested, this isn’t usual practice but the release has been called an “interesting experiment” by Disney CEO Bob Chapek while he was in attendance during one of the company’s Q3 investors call.

Explaining what he means by this, he added: “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.”

Now for some bad news…

Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether Shang-Chi will go straight to Disney+ on October 18th, and it could very well become available as a Home Premiere on such streaming services as Amazon Prime Video first.

It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it’s likely that more streaming details will be announced in the coming month.

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Just look at that cast

The trailers have promised us spectacle and, of course, some exceptional performances from a stacked cast.

You can check out a bunch of them alongside their respective roles below:

  • 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 that Shang-Chi is on…”

While chatting with SlashFilm, the Shang-Chi director – Destin Daniel Cretton – explained how the film and character’s relatable aspects attracted him to board the project:

“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.”

He 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…”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now in cinemas.

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