Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was among the first wave of films that halted production last March due to the pandemic. In conjunction with that, the release date of Shang-Chi was also delayed, with the film now set to premiere on May 7, 2021. Regardless, there were still tidbits of information that emerged in the past months.
Several casting additions have surfaced with the likes of Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians) and Chinese actress Fala Chen joining the stacked Asian cast of the film. More so, a spoiler-filled rumor also made its way online, which highlighted the film's plot and the titular character's unique ability.
Interestingly, recent reports indicate that production for Shang-Chi will resume at the end of July, and it seems that the cast is gearing up to return filming based on an update shared by the film's lead star.
Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu, through his Instagram stories, shared a glimpse of his production trailer on the set of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The images don't reveal anything the overall outlook of the film, but they do indicate some of the health protocols on the set along with a traditional Chinese knot.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The presence of Liu on the location of the set of Shang-Chi could mean that filming will start soon. In a way, this development should be a welcomed piece of good news for MCU fans. A while back, set videos from the film's production emerged which featured a key scene between Liu's Shang-Chi and Awkafina's mystery character. However, it seems that leaks will be hard to come by during this stage due to the presence of extensive health protocols on set.
It's worth pointing out that there is still a chance that actors could still tease notable information from the set, and Liu's reveal from his Instagram is a good example of that. While the images do not reveal much about the film's plot, the idea of Shang-Chi resuming filming should be the bright spot that fans need amid the ongoing delays and health crisis.
Shang-Chi will look to widen the reach of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its predominantly Asian cast. At this stage, it is unknown how the Master of Kung Fu will fit in the MCU puzzle, but it's a safe bet that the hero will be smoothly integrated in the franchise's overarching narrative. With production about to resume for the Phase 4 entry, it seems likely that news about the MCU's newest hero will arrive sooner rather than later.