As I’ve made abundantly clear over the years, I’m not the biggest Marvel fan. While I do enjoy some of the films in the MCU, for the most part, I simply don’t find a lot of value in them. That’s why I was excited by the prospect of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I’m an avid lover of martial arts films, so here was Disney and Marvel taking a crack at one of my favorite genres with one of the most legendary Hong Kong actors around. So how does the teaser trailer fare?
It’s actually pretty damn great!
I won’t say everything here is A+ or impeccable. I don’t know why there needs to be any slow-motion and that bus chase at the end is loaded with all kinds of CGI nonsense, but this looks like a legitimately awesome Kung Fu film. Maybe down the road, my Kung Fu Corner column may feature Shang-Chi…I’m getting ahead of myself.
The biggest thing this teaser gives us is a new release date for the film: September 3, 2021. Interestingly, Disney is not sending this to Disney+ with its “Premier Access” bullshit but is instead committing to a theatrical release. With COVID-19 vaccines finally making their way into the arms of many, maybe I’ll actually be able to see it on the big screen.