He is perhaps one of the least known characters in La Casa de las Ideas, but also one of the most fascinating. We explain why you will be captivated when ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ opens only in theaters on September 3
Shang-Chi, the character played by the Canadian actor Simu Liu in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie, Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings, hits theaters exclusively on September 3 to surprise us. And perhaps he is one of the most unknown characters in La Casa de las Ideas -at least for the vast majority-, but also one of the most fascinating and captivating. Because Shang-Chi doesn’t want to be a hero and resists his power. We analyze why we are sure it will become one of your Marvel Studios favorites.
1. Because we are not always who we want to be
In reality, Shang-Chi is not, to begin with, a superhero with superpowers. Although he has, say, a gift. But what fascinates us most about this character is that, being able to become the most powerful supervillain on Earth, resists his fate. Despite being raised to be the heir to the Mandarin, at the head of the powerful criminal organization the Ten Rings, Shang-Chi just wants to be a normal boy in San Francisco and do normal things with normal friends. Or maybe not as normal as they would have us believe? But his father has invested too much effort in him and he is not willing to allow it. The protagonist himself says it in the film: “I thought I could change my name; start a new life … But I can never escape its shadow ”. After ten years letting him fly free, the past knocks on his door.
2. Because you will discover the Ten Rings from within
The Ten Rings has a twofold aspect in this story. On the one hand, it is a kind of magical object, in the style of the Infinity Gauntlet, which grants immense power to its owner. But, on the other hand, it is the global mafia organization around the owner of that object, who has appeared on multiple occasions – albeit with a secondary role – in the UCM. We have seen it several times throughout the more than 20 films of the Disney franchise, yes, but this will be the first time that we discover everything about this evil organization from within. How it was created, what is its objective, how it is organized or how it has managed to become a global terrorist threat.
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3. Because you will meet the real Mandarin
The Mandarin is one of Marvel’s most enigmatic villains. Almost a shadow that instilled more terror by what we could imagine of him than by what we actually knew. So terrifying that even a Mandarin impersonator – actor Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) – showed up and panicked Iron Man 3. Although in the comics Shang-Chi’s father is Fu Manchu, in the film version he is the Mandarin, who has trained his children from childhood so that they are able to defend themselves from the most dangerous characters in the world. He is a controversial and disturbing character; So much so that he sends some thugs to finish off his son, just to put him to the test. And once we have met the evil Mandarin, played by Tony Leung (Wishing to love), he will have already won us over to the Shang-Chi cause.
4. For the fascinating representation of Chinese folklore
The journey of origins that Shang-Chi undertakes, hand in hand with his father, will bring us closer to a thousand-year-old Chinese folklore. A universe of dragons, gigantic lions, forbidden cities and remote temples high up in lost mountains. But the film shows the double version of this folklore: the darkest and most rigid, represented by the father of Shang-Chi and the organization of the Ten Rings, and the most luminous and philosophical, which is what makes him really powerful, represented by his mother and aunt. The latter is the one who teaches you to work your chi and to be in balance with the universe that surrounds you. This allows you to connect with the elements, which is the key to your extraordinary inner strength. Additionally, one of the movie’s posters featured a red, blue, and white dragon that fans have quickly ventured to identify as Fin Fang Foom. According to the comics, it’s a alien character prepared to destroy the sleeping Earth in the Valley of the Sleeping Dragon. There, a group of Chinese warriors who understood how dangerous the creature was took it upon themselves to protect the area to prevent outsiders from waking it up. So it is not unreasonable to think that one of these guardians is Jiang Nan (Michelle Yeoh, Tiger and dragon), Shang-Chi’s aunt, or that she was even part of that group of warriors who hid him from the curious and who now must prevent, along with Shang-Chi, the evil Mandarin from waking him up.
5. Because he is a fantastic expert in ancient martial arts
One of the aspects that the UCM lacked to exploit – although at Disney we did see a fabulous advance in Raya and the last dragon– it was martial arts. And Shang-Chi is one of the greatest experts in this type of fight. But it is clear that Shang-Chi does not understand martial arts in the same way as his father and his teacher. In Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings we will see, above all, battles of kungfú, as we already saw in Tiger and dragon. And specifically, because of the setting, it is about Shaolin kungfu, an ancient art based on the cult of the body, chi and meditation and a combat inspired by the elements of nature as defense. And that is precisely the key of the protagonist: his control of strength and his ability to balance. As his aunt tells him at one point in the film: “You are the result of all those who have preceded you. The legacy of your family. You are your mother and, like it or not, you are also your father ”. Two worldviews, yin and yang; two ways of understanding kungfu embodied in a single character who must keep the best of each one of them and try to prevent evil from emerging.
6. Because it makes sense of all the appearances of the Ten Rings in the MCU
Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings finally it will give relevance to all the references to the Ten Rings that we have seen so far in the MCU. The first time we heard about them on the big screen was in Iron Man (2008). The organization then kidnapped Tony Stark in Afghanistan to force him to build a weapon for them. But this, with the help of Ho Yinsen, managed to flee after making his first armor – the Mark I – as Armored Avenger. They also appeared in this first film in the battle of Gulmira, again in Afghanistan, which pitted its members – with Abu Bakaar at the fore – with Iron Man – already with his Mark III.
We saw them again in Iron Man 2 (2010), where the villain Ivan Vanko worked with a Ten Rings agent to kill Tony Stark at the Monaco Circuit. And the third appearance of this world organization was in Iron Man 3 (2013). The evil Aldrich Killian hired actor Trevor Slattery to pose as the Mandarin. But it was simply a strategy to hide his experiments with Extremis.
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In addition, an agent of this organization also appears in the Marvel short. All Hail the King. (2014). This story takes us to Seagate Prison, where Trevor Slattery – the fake Mandarin – is kidnapped by a member of the Ten Rings. And finally in Ant Man (2015), the Ten Rings tries to buy Darren Cross’s technology to do evil. As a curiosity, Vladimir Ranskahov, from the series Daredevil, he had a tattoo of the Ten Rings on his arm. And after this it will come Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings (2021), which reaches the cinemas the September 3 ready to fascinate us.