Marvel’s Shang Chi director reveals inspiration behind epic battle scenes
As can be seen in the first teaser footage, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Director Destin Daniel Cretton has revealed the inspiration behind the fight scenes of the upcoming MCU foray, and it’s sure to make martial arts fans very excited. Cretton named both legendary film martial artist Jackie Chan and Ang Lee’s stunning Oscar winner Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as the main influences on the master of kung fu.
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– Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) June 7th, 2021 “Authenticity and respect and staying true to this genre has been the main goal from day one. There are choreographies reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and other fight scenes, inspired by Jackie Chan We also had choreographers from mainland China creating some beautiful wuxia-style battle scenes. It was important to us from the start that the MCU’s first Asian-American superhero was a superhero. We want him to be with other superheroes in the MCU is on par and not just the master of kung fu. Shang-Chi is an incredible martial artist, but he’s so much more than that. ”
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The style and fight choreography between Jackie Chan and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, are very different. The former is more hectic and brutal, albeit always wonderfully creative, while the latter is more poetic in its graphics and uses a lot of so-called wire play. The fact that both come into play in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings suggests that the story and the battles in it will likely jump back and forth between the two depending on who is knocking down.
In addition to his glimpse into the battle sequences, a new image of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was revealed. Although unfortunately it is sorely lacking in all martial arts …
With Destin Daniel Cretton at the helm and a script he wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen , Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng. The MCU portion will introduce audiences to a brand new hero and a brand new world of assassin, fantasy and martial arts when Shang-Chi gets sucked into the clandestine ten-ring organization and is forced to face the past, from the he thought he would be left behind. With additional kites, of course.
The film aims to introduce the audience to the first Asian leading role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is of great importance and responsibility to the director Destin Daniel Cretton, who was immediately reminded of his own experiences with cartoon characters and their portrayal. “When that announcement came out, I went straight back to my childhood,” said Cretton. “[Growing up] All I had was Spider-Man. Because he had the mask on, I was able to dress up like Spider-Man for Halloween. I had a handful of other characters who looked like me on screen, but there were maybe two or three to choose from and superheroes weren’t one of them. “
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is slated for release on September 3, 2021 as part of the fourth phase of the MCU in the United States. This comes courtesy of Empire.