Marvel’s latest promo video for Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings confirms that Master of Kung Fu is one of MCU’s new Avengers.
Marvel is officially calling Shang-Chi en “new Avenger.“Back in 2014, actor Simu Liu took to Twitter to speak to Marvel Studios: “Hi Marvel, Good job with Captain America and Thor. How about an Asian-American hero?“Seven years later, Liu has his wish when Shang -Chi – the famous” Master of Kung Fu “in the comics – enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Appropriately, he is played by Liu himself.
Shang-Chi’s debut film, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, is the first brand new franchise launched in Phase 4. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, it features some of the best fight choreographies in MCU to date, blending supernatural action with a story exploring a haunted, shattered family dynamic. By the end of the film, Shang-Chi has checked into the MCU and entered a world of gods and monsters that he will never leave. Though Shang-Chi is an independent film, it goes to great lengths to emphasize the relationship between its titular hero and the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe with fairly liberal use of Benedict Wong’s Wong. This has, of course, led to intense debate about whether Shang-Chi is an Avenger now or not.
Marvel has released an advertising video, “Tribute”, that seems to answer the question. It establishes a clear narrative review with the heroes of the past – Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Thor – and Shang -Chi himself. Most importantly, it advertises Shang-Chi as “Marvel’s New Avenger.“
From a marketing perspective, it makes sense for Marvel to link Shang-Chi to the Avengers. His brand is certainly not as remarkable as Iron Man and Captain America – even in the comics it has been a long time since Shang -Chi appeared in an ongoing series rather than a miniseries – and therefore this advertisement links him to larger, more established brands, and especially to Avengers themselves. The trailer focuses on three Avengers whose MCU adventure is over, and the fourth AND Avenger it refers to is one whose legacy is being transferred to another; Mjolnir will be occupied by Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster in Thor: Love & Thunder. The clear significance is that a new generation of Avengers is coming and Shang-Chi is one of them. Happily, it looks like tomorrow’s Avengers will be much more diverse than those that first came into the spotlight in 2012. The Avengers.
There is no real evidence that the Avengers still exist in the MCU universe right now. “Do not pray that something crazy happens again,“a school video declared in Spider-Man: Far from home, “because is Avengers anything more at all?“But if the Avengers do not exist at the moment, this promotional video suggests that it is only a matter of time before they are reformed – and Shang-Chi will be numbered among them.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release Date: September 3, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release Date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release Date: December 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release Date: March 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: May 6, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: July 08, 2022
- The Marvels / Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release Date: November 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release Date: February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release Date: May 5, 2023
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