Marvel Studios has dropped the first teaser trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and even though it’s just two minutes long, the promo video is able to give a clear introduction to the titular character played by Simu Liu.
Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was trained at a young age to be an assassin by his father Wenwu (Tony Leung), the leader of an organization called Ten Rings. But in an attempt to create a normal life for himself, Shang-Chi left Ten Rings and moves to San Francisco, where he works as a hotel valet.
But as revealed in the teaser trailer, Wenwu is disappointed with how his son’s life has turned out. “I gave you ten years to live your life and where did that get you?” Wenwu can be heard asking Shang-Chi in the video.
Apparently, Wenwu wants Shang-Chi to come back to Ten Rings, but the latter has no plans to do so. “That’s not going to happen,” Shang-Chi tells Wenwu when his father asks him to lead Ten Rings with him.
Despite his refusal, Shang-Chi doesn’t really have a choice but to go back to his roots. As seen in the latter part of the teaser, a group of mercenaries, including Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu), starts to go after him, proving that he can never outrun who he really is.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel film with an Asian lead. In addition to Liu, Leung, and Munteanu, the movie also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Ronnie Cheng, and Dallas Liu.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to open in U.S. theaters on September 3rd, as part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.