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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an upcoming superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It is the twenty-sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the third film of Phase Four. The film will be released in the United States on May 7, 2021.

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In 2001, Stephen Norrington announced that he had agreed to direct a film based on the Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi, describing it as "a real honest-to-goodness martial arts film, rather than a film that simply has martial arts in it."[5]

In 2004, Ang Lee announced that he would be a producer on the film. In 2005, Stan Lee announced that he would executive produce the film for DreamWorks with Yuen Woo-ping set to direct from a screenplay by Bruce McKenna,[6] while Avi Arad stated that he believed a PG-13 adaptation of the character was possible.[7]

In 2006, Marvel Studios announced financing to produce the film, with the film set to be distributed by Paramount Pictures.[8]

On December 3, 2018, Deadline reported that Marvel Studios had hired David Callaham to write a screenplay which would modernize the character to avoid stereotypes while Marvel was looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors to helm the film, while also intending for the film to be Marvel's first superhero film with an Asian protagonist.[2]

On March 13, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Destin Daniel Cretton would direct the film following a shortlist that included Deborah Chow, Justin Tipping, and Alan Yang.[1]

On April 5, 2019, Marvel Studios announced that one of their upcoming films, believed to be this film, would film in Sydney and throughout New South Wales.[9] By the end of the month, it was reported that filming for the film would not start until shooting for The Eternals was completed.[10]

On June 17, 2019, That Hashtag Show reported that Ludi Lin and Ross Butler were among the actors that Marvel Studios was interested in meeting to discuss the title role and that Marvel Studios was also interested in meeting Donnie Yen for an unidentified role.[11]

On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige revealed that the title of the film would be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and that it was scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2021. It was also announced that Simu Liu would play the title character, while Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Awkwafina would appear in the film as the real Mandarin and an undisclosed character respectively.[12]

On July 23, 2019, it was reported that Academy Award nominated costume designer Yee Chung-man had joined the movie.[13]

On July 26, 2019, it was reported that filming was expected to begin in August 2019 in Sydney.[14]

On October 26, 2019, it was reported that a portion of the filming will take place in the United States, under the working title "Steamboat".[15]

On January 8, 2020, Kevin Feige revealed that the film would begin production soon.[16]

On March 12, 2020, it was reported that first-unit production on the film was suspended as Cretton had undergone self-isolation and was being tested for COVID-19.[17]

On March 13, 2020, 24 hours after stating that second-unit production on the film would still continue, Walt Disney Studios suspended production on all its live-action projects, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.[18]

On March 17, 2020, Cretton revealed through his Instagram account that he had tested negative for COVID-19.[19]

On April 3, 2020, it was announced that the film had been pushed back from its initial February 12, 2021 release date to May 7, 2021.[20]

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  9. Marvel's first Asian superhero movie tipped to shoot in Sydney
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  11. EXCLUSIVE: Donnie Yen, Ludi Lin On Marvel Studios ‘SHANG-CHI’ Short List
  12. SDCC 2019: All of the Marvel Studios News Coming Out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con
  13. OSCAR NOMINATED CHUNG MAN YEE JOINS “SHANG-CHI”
  14. ‘Thor 4’ and ‘Shang-Chi’ to Shoot in Australia; Filming Dates Revealed
  15. EXCLUSIVE: Working Title For Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Confirmed To Be ‘Steamboat’
  16. Marvel's Kevin Feige Confirms Shang-Chi Begins Filming Soon
  17. Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Temporarily Suspends Production as Director Self-Isolates (Exclusive)
  18. Disney Suspends Film Production Amid Coronavirus Concerns
  19. Destin Cretton on Instagram - March 17, 2020
  20. The Walt Disney Studios Announces Updated Release Schedule

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