Just a word of warning to people who don’t want Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings spoiled, this press conference had a spoiler in it. One of the actors that shows up in the film, was on the panel, and is gives away a surprise in the film. So if you don’t want that to be spoiled, don’t read any further.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

But for those who want to learn a bit about the cast and making of the film, keep reading.

The Cast And Creatives Of Shang-Chi Let It Loose

The panel featured: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Sir Ben Kingsley, Destin Daniel Cretton, and Kevin Feige. It was hosted by fellow Shang-Chi star Ronny Chieng. The story of how Cretton got the directing gig was a true highlight of the whole conference. He told a story about how right before the meeting with Marvel, he said that he would never want to do a Marvel movie. Thankfully his friend and fellow Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler convinced him to take the meeting. He was really afraid of the pressure of the job, but Coogler got him to think of it in a different way. Yes, the pressure of directing a Marvel film is immense, but it’s well worth it in the end. The creativity and curiosity from the top of Marvel including Kevin Feige was what helped him along in his directing for the film.

Another highlight was of course Simu Liu telling the story about his now famous Tweet after Shang-Chi was announced. Kevin Feige confirmed that it wasn’t actually that Tweet that got him the job however.

Unfortunately, uh, Simu, it was not your tweeting.  It was your acting ability, your constant professionalism, and then multiple reads and meetings that you did that got you the job.

Even if that narrative is broken, the story is still legendary and goes to show what dedication and talent can get you in life. Simu Liu’s performance as Shang-Chi is one for the ages.

Go Watch Shang-Chi This September 5th!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings releases in theaters on September 5th. Check out our review of it here, where we say that it’ll be your new favorite Marvel movie. It’s a truly great film and one that’ll stick with you for a long time after.

So, what do you think of Shang-Chi?

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