Shang-Chi Movie Resuming Production

While many areas of the United States are dealing with a severe rise in COVID-19 cases, much of the rest of the world has squashed the spread of the coronavirus pandemic rather successfully. As they’ve reopened businesses, people around the world have been responsible about wearing masks and social distancing, and that means film and TV production is in the process of starting again. While Disney already has Avatar 2 back to work in New Zealand, Marvel Studios is looking to turn on the Hollywood machine again in Australia.

Disney and Marvel are looking at resuming production on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sometime later this month at Fox Studios in Sydney. But as with most plans Hollywood has right now, nothing is set in stone. Read More »

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What happens when an unstoppable pandemic meets an unmovable movie franchise? Well, first that unmovable movie franchise promptly moves. And then Disney sets new dates for the next slate of films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, working under the assumption that time is on their side.

Several weeks after Marvel Studios’ Black Widow was delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the powerhouse studio has shuffled its slate. The first solo adventure starring Scarlett Johansson’s super-spy will now open later this year, triggering a domino effect that sees the entire new phase of movies, including The Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Captain Marvel 2 shuffled around the schedule.

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shang-chi stops production

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is shutting down production due to coronavirus concerns. Director Destin Daniel Cretton has gone into self-isolation under the recommendation of a doctor and is currently awaiting results after being tested for coronavirus (aka COVID-19). Marvel and Disney have decided to suspend first unit production until Cretton’s results come back.

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Could Nebula‘s story have more to tell in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How is the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow crossover with Supernatural explained? Which character had a bunch of fight footage cut from Avengers: Endgame? Want to see the first set photos from Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings? How did Black Widow almost die in Avengers: Endgame? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits right here. Read More »

shang-chi cast

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has reportedly recruited professional heavyweight boxer Florian Munteanu, best known for his performance as the antagonist of Creed II, as a minor villain. A new report suggests that Munteanu has joined the Shang-Chi cast as a “secondary villain” to Tony Leung’s Mandarin.

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Could we see Quicksilver pop up in WandaVision? When will the Green Arrow and the Canaries backdoor pilot air and what will it entail? Want to read the entire Joker screenplay? Does Marvel have full control of Hulk and Namor again? Want to see Morgan Stark take Captain America‘s shield sledding? Are you ready for what Marvel has coming to theme parks, movie theaters and shelves this year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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At this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton took the stage in Hall H to introduce Simu Liu, the star of his upcoming superhero movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel Studios film with an Asian protagonist. The presence of the organization in the film’s title – the Ten Rings, the terrorist group that captured Iron Man in the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie – is essentially all we know about the movie up to this point. But in a new interview, Cretton has revealed that the film will be tonally similar to The Matrix, Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s game-changing 1999 sci-fi action masterpiece.

And to ensure that the film feels appropriately Matrix-y, Cretton and Marvel have hired The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope to shoot Shang-Chi. Read Cretton’s recent comments below.
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Marvel Movies Shooting in Australia

Though most Marvel Studios movies have shot in Atlanta, Georgia for the majority of their shooting schedule, two of the titles announced for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will head down under for production.

The New South Wales state government has announced that Thor: Love & Thunder and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will both be shooting in Sydney, Australia, following in the footsteps of Thor: Ragnarok, which shot mostly in Gold Coast, Queensland. Read More »

simu liu introduction

Marvel is making history with its upcoming comic book film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will feature the studio’s first-ever Asian superhero. Shang-Chi, a character created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in the early 1970s in the midst of global martial arts mania, has some odds stacked against him. He’s a character steeped in the stereotypes of the time, and he’s a little-known superhero outside of diehard Marvel Comics fans. But Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who was announced as the star of the highly anticipated Marvel movie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, is more than worthy of rising up to the task of bringing Shang-Chi into the modern era.

Simu Liu may not be a household name Stateside, but the actor is a rising star in his home country of Canada and a beloved figure in the Asian diaspora community thanks to his role in the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Here’s what you need to know.

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