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Shang-Chi's martial artists were raised as a merciless assassin, but he chose a different fate for himself. However, the Ten Rings organization he fled from has long arms. Shang-Chi would have to leave the quiet life and take up the fight.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Genre: superhero fantasy
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu, Tony Leung Chu Wai, Aquafina, Michelle Yeoh
Premiere in Russia: September 2, 2021
Age rating: 16+
Similar to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) • Hero (2002) • Black Panther (2018)

The fourth phase of the MCU has finally kicked off (and why does this sound like the beginning of a report on the execution of a villainous plan?). And if the constantly postponed "Black Widow" can be considered only a prologue to her, then "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is already a full-fledged curtain rise. This is a film about a new hero for the universe - a kung fu master.

This character was invented in the 1970s in the wake of the success of films with Bruce Lee, and after a surge in popularity, he mostly stayed in second and third roles. A film about him has been in development since the turn of the century, but some five years ago, the obvious decision would have been to send Shang-Chi to a series like Iron Fist. Probably, having appreciated the undoubted success of "Black Panther", Marvel came to the conclusion that with the proper approach, even a little-known character could become a new fan favorite.


Shang-Chi begins with a story about those ten rings (although in fact they are bracelets) and how with their help the great conqueror Wenwu conquered Asia for a thousand years. And how no one could resist him until the proud warrior was overtaken by love in the person of Jiang Li - no less an outstanding warrior. The on-screen duel between Wenwu and Jiang Li is more like a graceful dance than a fight to the death. In the name of love, Wenwu renounced cruelty and devoted himself to his family - Shang-Chi and Xialing's wife and children.

However, a thousand years of the past cannot be thrown off like dirty clothes: soon Wenwu lost Jiang Li, hardened more than before, restored the organization and began to turn Shang Chi into a killing machine. Xialing reminded him too much of his wife, and he preferred not to notice her - the girl was forced to spy on the boys' workouts and exercise when no one saw her. Shang-Chi did not want to be a hitman in his father's service, fled to the United States, entered the university, found friends, and for the time being forgot about the Ten Rings. But, of course, the past did not leave him alone.


Shang-Chi's story is a typical hero's journey according to Joseph Campbell. The young martial artist diligently ignores the call of adventure and tries to live for his own pleasure. But the news from his sister, followed by the attack of the assassins, forces him to go home with his girlfriend Katie, who did not even suspect about the hidden life of the guy she knew as Sean. Along the way, Shang-Chi will meet assistants, gain mentors, and face difficult challenges before rising up and becoming stronger for the final battle.

Things to know (Q&A)

What is Shang-Chi the master of?

Shang-Chi (English: /ʃɑːŋˈtʃiː/ shahng-CHEE), also known as the Master of Kung Fu and Brother Hand, is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Does Shang-Chi use the Ten Rings?

Shang-Chi Uses The Rings To Kill The Dweller In Darkness

Shang-Chi only takes possession of the Ten Rings at the very end of his solo movie , as Wenwu transfers ownership of them shortly before his soul is eaten in the third act battle, but it doesn't take long at all for the hero to put them to good us

Is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings after endgame?

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings begins hundreds of years ago with a small origin story for Wenwu, but the bulk of the movie takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame; a specific year isn't given , but it's safe to assume it's either in late 2023, similar to Spider-Man: Far From Hom

What is Shang Chis power?

He's known for his expertise in all forms of fighting and, thus, for his preference to eschew weapons for bare-handed battle. Despite this, Shang-Chi's ability with swords, staves, nunchaku, and shuriken is also unmatched.

How is Shang-Chi related to Avengers?

In Marvel Comics, Shang-Chi is a frequent collaborator of the Avengers , even becoming a member of the core Avengers team prior to the events of Marvel Comics crossover storyline Secret Wars. Perhaps, Marvel fans could see Shang-Chi wind up an Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forwar

Does Shang-Chi have any powers?

In the comics, Shang-Chi does not possess superhuman powers . Rather, he is a top-level athlete and is arguably the most skilled martial artist on the plane

Is Shang-Chi stronger than Captain America?

Captain America is one of the strongest Avengers, but even his abilities likely wouldn't beat that of Shang-Chi's in the long run; Cap is more of a traditional combatant, while Shang-Chi has other skills on his sid

Is Shang-Chi before or after endgame?

Fans knew that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took place in a post-Endgame world , but this update should provide a clearer idea of how far along the Simu Liu-starring film is in the timelin

Where is Shang-Chi in timeline order?

According to the “Marvel Cinematic Universe in Timeline Order” section of Disney Plus, the events of Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings take place after the events of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Why is Shang-Chi not in endgame?

It turns out this is likely why Marvel made the switch in Shang-Chi, as the studio always wants to have Bruce Banner be an important part of Hulk's character according to an expert from The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Univers

Is Shang-Chi after Thanos?

It's no secret that "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" takes place in the aftermath of "Avengers: Endgame," when half of the universe has been brought back five years after being snapped out of existence by Thano

How did Shang-Chi's dad get the rings?

Cosmic energy is gold, which is the color of the Ten Rings once taken by Shang-Chi. (Shang-Chi's father, Wenwu, wore the Ten Rings when they were blue.) ... And in the comics, the Ten Rings were recovered by the Mandarin from an alien spaceship belonging to the dragon Fin Fang Foom

Why did the rings go to Shang-Chi?

The really interesting question, though, is why the Ten Rings responded to Shang-Chi by switching allegiance and then sending a signal . It's likely something to do with his character journey in the film, with the hero successfully finding a place of balance within his hear

Does Shang-Chi get the 10 rings?

Shang-Chi only takes possession of the Ten Rings at the very end of his solo movie , as Wenwu transfers ownership of them shortly before his soul is eaten in the third act battle, but it doesn't take long at all for the hero to put them to good us

Where did the 10 rings come from in Shang-Chi?

The Ten Rings could be connected to the Dweller-in-Darkness, the ultimate Big Bad villain of Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings. The Dweller hails from another dimension called Everinnye , and the power used in forging the Rings could be beyond the magical knowledge of Wong or Kamar-Ta