Shang-Chi 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, trailer, and more

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a new master of the martial arts and everything you need to know about the Shang-Chi 2 release date

Shang-Chi 2 release date

When is the Shang-Chi 2 release date? Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been and gone, and to say it was a roaring success would be an understatement. The 25th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a critical and commercial success, earning 92% on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of writing) and raking in millions at the box office.

Starring Simu Liu as the titular Shang-Chi, the adventure movie is a globe-trotting martial arts masterpiece that blends the wonder of fantasy movies with the white knuckle thrills of the best action movies. Of course, all this success and the Shang-Chi ending has got people wondering when they’ll next see Marvel’s master of martial arts.

Well, as this is the MCU, this is not the last we’ve seen of Shang-Chi, or his best friend turned ace archer Katy (Awkwafina). So to bring you all the latest news on the Shang-Chi sequel, we’ve dug into the forbidden tomes in the library of Kamar-Taj (risking the wrath of Wong), scoured the web, and even spoken to the film’s cast to bring you everything we know about the Shang-Chi 2 release date.

Shang-Chi 2 release date speculation

Shang-Chi 2 was confirmed in December 2021, although it doesn’t have a release date yet. Marvel Studio has already mapped out its Phase 4 movies, so we know we won’t be getting Shang-Chi 2 for a few years yet.

The studio has been gradually announcing more movies that we presume are part of Phase 5, including Anthony Mackie’s Captain America 4 and Deadpool 3.

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Destin Daniel Cretton is returning to write and direct, though he’s the only filmmaker officially attached to the project as of April 2022. The moment we have an update for you, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Simu Liu gave a few details about the film’s production while at the No Way Home premiere. “It’s just so good to feel the engine turning again,”  he told Comicbook.com. “We get to tell more stories again,’ while delving deeper into the characters and providing more of those badass fight sequences.”

Shang-chi 2 plot speculation

After Shang-Chi’s dramatic ending and intriguing post-credit scenes, Marvel Studios could take the sequel in quite a few different directions. 

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If we were forced to, we imagine the story would probably deal with Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang). Xialing was supposed to be shutting down her dad’s evil terrorist organisation, but it seems like she’s co-opted the Ten Rings for her own nefarious ends, something we doubt her brother will be pleased with.

As it’s a Marvel movie, we can probably guess that Shang-Chi will be called to assemble the next time the Earth’s threatened by some intergalactic purple guy with a death wish and a fancy glove. Who knows, maybe Katy will join Shang-Chi on the Avengers as well? Awkafina told us she thought it’d be “cool” if that happened, although she couldn’t confirm anything.

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One person who’s already thinking about Shang-Chi’s next outing is Marvel Studio’s boss Kevin Feige. “The early reactions to the characters and to [Shang-Chi] itself gives me great hope that people will want to see more of these characters,” he told Comicbook.com.

“We certainly have many ideas of where to take them and where to put them. What’s so fun, we know the movie’s working when it’s not just the title character that people ask about, but it is the co-stars or the supporting players that people ask about.”

Shang-Chi 2 release date

Shang-chi 2 cast speculation

While nothing’s been confirmed, it seems likely that both Simu Liu and Awkwafina will be in Shang-Chi 2, especially given their friendship’s prominence at the end of the action movie. We know that the Ten Rings will return, which means their new boss Xialing, will likely be back as well.

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If Xialing’s back, that means her lieutenant and muscle Razorfist (Florian Munteanu) probably has a good chance of returning as well. It’d also be nice to see a bit more Michelle Yeoh in the next film as well, but a return to Ta Lo seems unlikely at this point.

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Of the principal cast, the only member who’s not likely to return is Wenwu (Tony Leung), partly because he died and partially because his arc was done by the movie’s end. Yes, we know flashbacks exist, but we can’t see the benefit of bringing him back at this point.

One actor who Cretton would love to star in the film is martial arts legend Jackie Chan. In a recent interview with Cinemablend, he said: “I mean, if we could ever get Jackie [Chan] into a movie, that would be a lifelong dream of mine.”

The question is, with Cretton now working on Avengers 5 ‘will he have the time to work on Shang-Chi 2? We’d hope so, but we know the MCU machine stops for no one.

That’s everything we know about Shang-Chi 2 right now. Check back for more, and if you’d like, you can read about  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, and The Marvels.

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Where can I watch Shang-chi?

If you want to watch the original Shang-Chi, you can either subscribe to Disney Plus, where it’s available to watch now or why not treat yourself to some home media? The film is currently available on Amazon in the resolution of your choice.

If you want to know more about the future of the MCU, check out our guide to  Avengers: Secret Wars. We also have a guide to the best Marvel villains.