Shang-Chi Teaser Trailer Teaches Marvel Fans How to Pronounce the New Superhero’s Name

SHHang-Chi? ShAAn? ShAAnG?

Shang-Chi Teaser Trailer Teaches Marvel Fans How to Pronounce the New Superhero’s Name

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Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • Shang-Chi movie release date is September 3 in cinemas
  • Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung lead Shang-Chi movie cast
  • Shang-Chi is Marvel’s first Asian superhero lead in the MCU

Shang-Chi has a new teaser. With just over three weeks to go for the next Marvel movie's release, Disney and Marvel Studios have unveiled a new 30-second teaser trailer — it's meant to be a TV spot, essentially — that gives us a bit of new action footage alongside a pronunciation lesson. The latter thing involves Shang-Chi's (Simu Liu) American best friend Katy (Awkwafina), who struggles to say his name correctly despite repeated instructions. It seems like Marvel is speaking to the audience here too, in a way teaching them how to pronounce the name of its latest superhero.

“All my life, I've tried to forget my past: my dad, and the Ten Rings,” Shang-Chi (Liu) says in the new Shang-Chi teaser, as we see a young Shang-Chi (Jayden Tianyi Zhang) training by being beaten with sticks. Elsewhere, his dad Wenwu/ The Mandarian (Tony Leung) tells him: “You were meant for greatness. Don't hide who you really are.” There's a new shot of Wenwu delivering a rotating flying kick to his son's face, and slow-mo shots of Shang-Chi dodging Razor Fist's (Florian Munteanu) blades.

The new Shang-Chi trailer also teases a mythical land with phoenixes, before ending on Shang-Chi using the Ten Rings. Post the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings title card, we are thrown into the aforementioned pronunciation lesson. Katy fails to get it right — she either emphasises the wrong consonants or omits the “g” — prompting Shang-Chi to spell it out for her: “S, H, A, N, G—Shang.” She doesn't get it though, as she replies: “That's what I said.”

In addition to Liu, Awkwafina, Leung, and Munteanu, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Meng'er Zhang as Shang-Chi's estranged sister Xialing, Fala Chen as Jiang Li whose character details haven't been revealed, Benedict Wong as Wong (from Doctor Strange), Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan who's a guardian of a mythical city (likely the one with phoenixes), Ronny Chieng as Shang-Chi's friend Jon Jon, and Jade Xu as a Widow (from Black Widow). Abomination returns from The Incredible Hulk, but it's not known if Tim Roth plays him. The masked villain Death Dealer is also part of Shang-Chi.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is out September 3 in cinemas worldwide. While there are murmurs of delays due to rising COVID-19 cases in the US due to the Delta variant — Sony Pictures held off on a release date for Venom: Let There Be Carnage in the new trailerDisney seems confident that Shang-Chi will release, as the new teaser carries the September 3 release date. A release date for India has not been set, even as other studios announce their slates.

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Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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