When toy leaks showed a dragon, and the trailer made it clear that some more fantastical elements would appear in Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, assumptions were made. Fans thought dragon-like alien shapeshifter Fin Fang Foom would be appearing.
Now NBC News reports that is not the case.
“We knew that we were potentially navigating a minefield, especially when looking at this property that was created by two white men in the 1970s at the height of the kung fu craze. We have not shied away from ripping out whatever doesn’t work in 2019, 2020, 2021.
From the moment that Marvel Studios decided that there needed to be a voice for Asian characters and a lead Asian character in the space of the [Marvel Cinematic Universe], they have all kind of considered what the best way was to incorporate a story that both celebrates Asianness and all of its wonderful dimensions, and its facets and its nuances, and also celebrates martial arts.”
Apparently, there will be a dragon – a water dragon named The Great Protector. Fin Fang Foom is an ancient and powerful reptilian creature who looks similar to a classic Chinese Dragon. In truth, he was born in the material universe on a planet where Dragons rule as the dominant species, on the world of Maklu located deep within Skrull-controlled space.
Destin Daniel Cretton directs. He co-wrote with David Callaham and Andrew Lanham. Kevin Feige, of course, produces.
Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng round out the cast. The movie opens on September 3rd.