Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to open the door to the realm of martial arts, a facet that hasn't been completely explored within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kim Convenience 's Simu Liu will headline the MCU film, and he will be joined by a predominant Asian cast which includes the likes of Awkwafina ( Ocean's 8) , Ronny Chieng ( Crazy Rich Asians ), and Tony Leung as the chief villain, The Mandarin .
Just like every other film in Hollywood, Shang-Chi had its fair share of delays, with the film now set to premiere on July 9, 2021. Still, production for Shang-Chi has been ongoing in the past months in Australia, with various set photos showcasing martial arts-heavy sequences.
And now, a new rumor has emerged, hinting that production for the MCU film will be heading to another location.
Insider Charles Murphy of Murphy's Multiverse shared that production for Shang-Chi will "shift stateside next week with scenes being filmed in San Francisco."
Murphy pointed out that production for the film "may still continue" in Australia while stunt crews will begin work in San Francisco this week "in preparation for some stunt sequences that will be filmed next week."
Update : HN Entertainment first reported in February of this year that Shang-Chi will film in San Francisco.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The news that Shang-Chi will shift locations soon bodes well for the development of the film as it could mean that more sequences will be finished. However, given the current pandemic, there's a looming challenge ahead in terms of transferring from one country to another, especially due to the enforcement of strict health protocols.
Still, another MCU project in the form of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showed that shifting locations could still work, and it's a safe bet that Disney and Marvel Studios already mapped out protocols to ensure everyone's safety.
Murphy pointed out that San Francisco is the base of operations of the Agents of Atlas , a superhero team that is closely connected to Shang-Chi and a project that has been rumored to be in development for the MCU. By connecting the dots, there's a chance that Marvel is laying the groundwork to provide fans with Easter eggs in the film, before the eventual debut of the team down the line.
Whatever the case, San Francisco is an interesting setting for Shang-Chi, and it certainly opens up intriguing possibilities for the overall outlook of the film's narrative.