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Trivia for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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  • This movie was going to be made by Paramount Pictures before Disney bought Marvel.
  • In 2001 Stephen Norrington announced that he had agreed to direct the film. Later on in 2005, Woo-Ping Yuen was signed on to direct.
  • Ang Lee was going to produce the film in the early 2000s.
  • Shang-Chi is the first superhero film with an Asian protagonist for Marvel Studios.
  • Justin Tipping, Alan Yang, and Deborah Chow were in the running to direct the film before it went to Destin Daniel Cretton.
  • This film will feature the Mandarin as Shang-Chi's enemy. The Mandarin is traditionally the enemy of Iron Man/Tony Stark, but he was brought in for this film as it felt more appropriate for a Chinese hero to fight a Chinese villain.
  • Ludi Lin, Steven Yeun, Mike Moh, Alex Landi, Lewis Tan and Ross Butler were all being considered for the role of Shang-Chi.
  • Donnie Yen was considered for a role.
  • It's the twenty-sixth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Simu Liu made a tweet in December 2018 about asking Marvel for the role. He later quote tweeted that original tweet on July 20, 2019 thanking them.
  • In the late 1980s Stan Lee had considered a film/TV series about Shang-Chi, and had in mind Brandon Lee, son of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, for the role. Shang-Chi was visually based on Bruce Lee, so Brandon seemed a fitting choice, but the plan fell through.
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the live-action Little Mermaid are among the movies to stop production due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a source told THR that a shutdown on movies of that size could cost $300,000-$350,000 a day. If that's the case, you have to imagine the numbers are roughly the same for Jurassic World: Dominion.


  • This is the first ever appearance of the real Mandarin after being foreshadowed in Iron Man (2008), used as a front by two impostors in Iron Man 3 (2013) and being mentioned in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014).
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