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Is the Mandarin Shang Chi's father?

In the comics, Shang-Chi was originally the secret son of the villain Dr. Fu Manchu. Eventually, Marvel lost the rights to the Fu Manchu character, which is just as well, since that character has fallen into disrepute due to its obvious and egregious racist stereotyping. VarietyWhat the ‘Shang-Chi’ Teaser Reveals About Marvel Studios’ Groundbreaking Movie

Is Shang Chi iron fist?

Shang-Chi isn't the first modern live-action martial arts-focused Marvel project; Netflix previously adapted Iron Fist into a two-season TV series in 2017, but that project was developed by the now-defunct Marvel Television, instead of Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios. The VergeThe first trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuts Marvel’s latest martial arts hero

What is the Ten Rings Marvel?

In the Iron Man films, however, “Ten Rings” is the name of the Middle Eastern terrorist group that kidnapped Tony Stark in Afghanistan way back in the first official Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, which debuted 13 years ago. It's safe to say that without the Ten Rings, there never would have been an Iron Man. Vanity Fair‘Shang-Chi’ and Marvel’s Complicated History With the ‘Ten Rings’

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First 'Shang-Chi' trailer wins rave reviews on Twitter: 'You have no idea how long I've waited for this movie'

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The surprise even caught Liu off-guard: he started the morning by teasing the reveal of the teaser poster, promising fans that the trailer would be coming in a matter of weeks. 

Liu's Shang-Chi is the child of Wenwu, better known as the Mandarin — and not the fake version that Sir Ben Kingsley played in Iron Man 3. Played by Hong Kong action legend, Tony Leung, this Mandarin is the leader of the Ten Rings, a terrorist group whose existence was teased in the very first Iron Man. Raised with the expectation that he'd enter the family business, Shang-Chi has instead spent the past decade trying to become his own man on the streets of San Francisco. But his date with his dad is coming due. "It's time for you to take your place by my side," the Mandarin tells his offspring, who responds like every other rebellious teenager throughout history: "That's not going to happen."

Caught up in this family affair are Shang-Chi's best friend, Katy (Awkwafina), and his sister, Xialing (Meng'er Zhang). "The core of Shang-Chi's arc in the comics is really a family drama," Shang-Chi producer, Jonathan Schwartz, told Entertainment Weekly. "That was something that Destin keyed into really early on in our conversations, the idea of taking this broken family and this really dark, even abusive family background and seeing what that does to a child over time."

But the movie is also about kick-ass martial arts sequences, and Liu — who famously tweeted his way into the role — mastered a multitude of new disciplines during his intensive training sessions. "I want to sit here and tell you that I was pretty good at martial arts before," Liu remarked in his EW interview. "I had maybe worked a few days as a stuntman in Toronto. But really, my martial arts experience was like backflipping in my backyard when I was a teenager and doing parkour with my friends." Added Schwartz: "I think this is the best action [Marvel has] ever done. Every punch is meaningful, every fighting style is meaningful, and the story is told visually in such a great way."

Speaking with Yahoo Finance earlier this month, Liu said that his column came from a place of "deep anger" over the prejudice experienced by members of his community. "Anti-Asian racism, if you are Asian, is not something that is new… it’s something we’ve experienced our entire lives," the actor said. "I've never had the privilege of being able to sideline my ethnicity and who I am. We've seen cases where public figures could have leaned in more, and I certainly felt that growing up. I wanted to be that for the next generation: for kids today to have somebody who they can watch onscreen who is unapologetically Asian and is proud of their Asian culture and heritage" 

According to Cretton, Shang-Chi sets out to directly challenge Asian stereotypes by highlighting how the title character is just like everyone else in the audience — regardless of martial arts training. "We wanted to make sure that Shang-Chi was just like any of us," the director told EW. "I want to watch this movie and say, 'Yes, that's how I feel. I feel out of place sometimes, and I cover it up with humor.' He's a kid who is out of his element and a fish out of water here in the U.S., and he's covering it up with this charisma that I find very relatable."

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