Yesterday, it was made official via Deadline that Marvel Studios is indeed moving forward with a Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings sequel with Destin Daniel Cretton returning to both write and direct the superhero pic.
Not only that, but he’ll also develop an untitled Disney+ series that will most likely involve The Ten Rings, now being led by Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing (alluded to in the film’s button scene). It’s also possible he could be behind other things like Thunderbolt or something new like an Agents of Atlas/Atlas Empire project, we’ll just have to be patient.
Shang-Chi has been one of the more successful films of the pandemic era earning a decent $432 million at the global box office and seemed odd that Marvel/Disney took this long to announce a sequel given how well-received the film was back in September.
Iron Fist actress Jessica Henwrick recently revealed she turned down a role in Shang-Chi to join The Matrix Resurrections, will Marvel circle back to the actress for another part in the sequel? Many fans are hoping that some Iron Fist incarnation/incarnations will appear in the sequel and could align with Marvel Comics’ new Asian Iron Fist being introduced in the comics.
While it’s not entirely clear what direction the sequel will go, co-writer Dave Callaham and Cretton revealed that they might explore the origins of the rings, which was ultimately cut from the first installment and teased in the film’s big button scene suggestion the alien nature of the items. Also, giving Marvel an excuse to visit the cosmic (Fin Fang Foom) and continue the fantasy side of things.
The Ronin shared our own ideas where the franchise could be going back in September.
Shang-Chi 2 is currently without an official release date, but we shouldn’t be shocked if cameras start rolling in 2023 with a debut sometime in 2024. Given the efficiency of shooting in Australia (even during the pandemic) I could see Marvel returning to the stages of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney for the next installment.