Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is among the long list of new properties that will debut in the massive Phase 4 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi will be the first Asian-led MCU film. In line with that, the film also includes a stacked Asian cast by the likes of Simu Liu, Awkafina, Tony Leung, Ronny Chieng, and Fala Chen.
It is currently unknown how Shang-Chi will tie to the larger narrative of the MCU, but recent rumors suggest that it will somehow address the Mandarin twist from Iron Man 3. With production about to resume after a long layoff, it seems that more details about the film will emerge. And now, a new casting call may shed some light on some of the film's story.
In a report, Murphy's Multiverse uncovered a casting call for "Chinese archers at Fox Studios." Though it didn't specify which film it is for, the outlet shared more evidence that it is for Shang-Chi since a Twitter user (@mma_tuesday) outright mentioned that he will be involved in the film due to the casting call.
In addition, a Facebook post from VOOM Management Group seems to confirm that this casting call aligns with the report from Murphy's Multiverse.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The presence of archers in Shang-Chi presents an intriguing possibility to the film's overall plot. Plenty remains unknown about plot details of the film, but recent rumors could provide an explanation to the archers' involvement.
Previously, it was rumored that Shang-Chi will look to explore Mandarin's ties to Genghis Khan, potentially in a flashback sequence. If anything, the inclusion of the aforementioned archers could hint that the flashback scenes will incorporate a war setting. On the flip side, another rumor suggests that the film will feature a massive tournament, with the Ten Rings serving as the grand prize. That said, it's not hard to envision an archer joining the aforementioned tournament.
However it shakes out, Shang-Chi presents a lot of possibilities for the MCU moving forward.