Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings will receive a sequel in the MCU, as recently confirmed by Deadline. Marvel Studios has signed a new deal with the original film’s writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton, though details are being kept tightly under wraps about Shang-Chi 2 – even from its own star, Simu Liu.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings released this year to a mostly positive critical reception, with many praising its dazzling martial arts, action sequences and fight choreography. Tonally, it also deviated from any previous MCU films, instead resembling old-school Asian martial arts cinema with influences from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, among others.
Deadline now reports that Shang-Chi 2 is already moving forward at Marvel Studios, with Cretton returning as writer and director. Additionally, he will also develop TV projects for both Disney+ and Marvel Studios, though details about these new ventures are also being kept under wraps for now. Actor Simu Liu who plays Shang-Chi previously stated that he was being kept in the dark about a sequel due to fellow stars Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, who both have a strange history of accidentally leaking MCU films and their plots.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings released in September 2021 and accumulated $431,9 million in the global box office in its theatrical run before it arrived on Disney+ in November. The film follows Shang-Chi (Liu) as he comes to terms with his turbulent past involving his distraught father, an immortal who is gifted the mystical abilities of the legendary Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings is now available on Disney+ for streaming. Unfortunately, the service has yet to reach South African shores, though it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2022.