Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings trailer introduces Marvel's first Asian superhero movie


Marvel released the first trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings featuring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung.

The unveiling of the clip is a historic event as it is the first Asian superhero movie introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it features an all-Asian cast including the first lead Asian superhero.

Canadian actor Liu, 32, looked every bit the action star as he showed off an impressive array of martial arts skills in the titular role.

Historic: Marvel released the first trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings featuring Simu Liu as the protagonist and titular character

Historic: Marvel released the first trailer for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings featuring Simu Liu as the protagonist and titular character

Big gig: Awkwafina - real name Nora Lee - was also seen in the trailer as she plays Shang-Chi's pal Katy

Big gig: Awkwafina – real name Nora Lee – was also seen in the trailer as she plays Shang-Chi’s pal Katy

His character, Shang-Chi, is a martial artist who has been trained to be an assassin since childhood by the Ten Rings terror organisation.

Things begin to get tricky when he tries to escape to a normal life by living in San Francisco. 

No doubt it is a complicated situation as Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu/The Mandarin (played by Tony Leung) is actually the leader of the villainous Ten Rings organisation.

Throwing fists: His character, Shang-Chi, is a martial artist who has been trained to be an assassin since childhood by the Ten Rings terror organisation

Throwing fists: His character, Shang-Chi, is a martial artist who has been trained to be an assassin since childhood by the Ten Rings terror organisation

Interesting: Things begin to get tricky when he tries to escape to a normal life by living in San Francisco

Interesting: Things begin to get tricky when he tries to escape to a normal life by living in San Francisco

Wow factor: Simu showed off his impressive physique as he went shirtless in one scene

Wow factor: Simu showed off his impressive physique as he went shirtless in one scene

In an ominous voiceover Wenwu says: ‘I gave you ten years to live your life and where did that get you?

‘You walked in my shadow, I trained you so the most dangerous people in the world couldn’t kill you. Son it’s time for you to take your place by my side.’

To which Shang-Chi defiantly replies: ‘That’s not going to happen’ 

'Son it's time for you to take your place by my side': No doubt it is a complicated situation as Shang-Chi's father Wenwu/The Mandarin (played by Tony Leung) is actually the leader of the villainous Ten Rings organisation

‘Son it’s time for you to take your place by my side’: No doubt it is a complicated situation as Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu/The Mandarin (played by Tony Leung) is actually the leader of the villainous Ten Rings organisation

Then the two-minute clip takes a dramatic twist as Shang-Chi battles it out with several foes.

A voiceover from Wenwu continues: ‘You can’t outrun who you really are.’

It all ends with an epic fight scene inside of a San Francisco public transportation bus where he first meet’s Awkwafina’s  – real name Nora Lum – Katy.  

Taking another turn, Katy ends up behind the wheel of the large vehicle and crashes into several cars as Shang-Chi is forced to save several passengers in the process.

Action-packed: Then the two-minute clip really begins to kick it up a notch as Shang-Chi battles it out with several foes

Action-packed: Then the two-minute clip really begins to kick it up a notch as Shang-Chi battles it out with several foes

Interesting: A helicopter could be seen landing in front of Ten Rings organisation members

Interesting: A helicopter could be seen landing in front of Ten Rings organisation members

Shining star: Canadian actor Liu, 32, looked every bit the action star as he showed off an impressive array of martial arts skills in the titular role

Shining star: Canadian actor Liu, 32, looked every bit the action star as he showed off an impressive array of martial arts skills in the titular role

It ends with Katy hilariously remarking: ‘We make a good team!’ 

The all-Asian cast is star-studded as the film also includes characters Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Jian Li (Fala Chen), Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu), Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng) and Jiang Nan (Michelle Yeoh).

When filming wrapped back in October, Liu was well aware of the historic moment as he took to Facebook to celebrate the movie.

He penned: ‘Nine months from now we will break records and make history as the first superhero movie to feature an ALL-ASIAN cast that kicks so much a*s it’s not ever funny. Well – that’s a lie, actually, it’s quite funny too.

Oh no: It all ends with an epic fight scene inside of a San Francisco public transportation bus

Oh no: It all ends with an epic fight scene inside of a San Francisco public transportation bus

Battling it out: Shang-Chi was able to fight off foes before saving passengers from impending doom

Battling it out: Shang-Chi was able to fight off foes before saving passengers from impending doom

‘For all of those who hated us because of the color of our skin, or been made to feel less than because of it; NO MORE. This is OUR movie, and it will be IMPOSSIBLE for Hollywood to ignore us after this.’

The character of Shang-Chi – also known as the Master of Kung Fu and Brother Hand – first appeared in Marvel comics back in 1973. 

Destin Daniel Cretton – who is known for introspective dramas like Just Mercy, Short Term 12, and The Glass Castle – directed the film. 

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is set for release in the US and UK on September 3.

Highly-anticipated: Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is set for release in the US and UK on September 3

Highly-anticipated: Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is set for release in the US and UK on September 3

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