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Shang-Chi Position Within the MCU Timeline Confirmed by Director Destin Daniel Cretton


Since the upheaval caused by the pandemic in movie release schedules, different MCU projects have been the kick starter of the Phase 4. But with most of it done on the smaller screen side, the real beginning of the life after Endgame has to be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The latest Marvel movie is just days away from release and now Destin Daniel Cretton has explained where it is situated in the timeline, which is soon to get extremely complicated.

While people can say Spider-Man: Far From Home was the official coming out party after the blip, the movie itself is not owned by Marvel solely. Shang-Chi on the other hand is history in the making, it is the first Marvel superhero movie with Asian cast and from what we can tell from the trailers, the film itself will take place after the events of Endgame.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first MCU movie to be released solely in theatres. Disney is trying out the strategy of 45 days theatrical release, followed by a run on their streaming platform, Disney Plus. But with multi-dimensional stories coming into play, it will be hard to place all the movies and TV shows, no matter how they are released. So, director of the film, Destin Daniel Cretton, decided to explain some timeline placement questions.

Timeline Situation of Shang-Chi Explained by Destin Daniel Cretton

There is something to be said about getting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe now. Most people joining now are just randomly watching the films because catching up now seems impossible for those who were not paying attention from the start. That is the problem with interconnected universes as it becomes more and more enclosed for the existing fan bases.

The MCU superhero movies have been just like the comics, entrenched in so much theory and lore that attempting it seems insurmountable. But things are about to get even more complicated with Disney Plus shows and Marvel heading into a story where they fiddle with multiple dimensions and multiverse. The whole timeline will be a mess soon and everyone still around needs to pay a lot of attention.

Different worlds with different heroes as we are expecting Doctor Strange 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home to play with, will complicate things further. So, when asked about the existence of Shang-Chi, the director answered to Fandango that it lies firmly in the current timeline. He also spoke about the fun of working with the Marvel characters and how they have become more relatable in recent years.

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Destin Daniel Cretton said, “They like to change things up. I think they like to push limits within the world that they’ve created, but there’s such a cohesiveness to the world that they’re creating too, so it still all makes sense. I really fell in love with these characters as we were making [the film]. I think that is something that Marvel continuously does well, is create characters that you can really relate to.”

As per the director’s understanding, the film may lie after the events of Endgame, he is not certain how it will fit with everything else. There are the Disney Plus shows and soon Spider-Man and Doctor Strange will arrive at the theatres, it is up to Marvel to sort the titles in a fashion that makes sense with the overall goal they have set for themselves in Phase 4.

Simu Liu is playing the leading man in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film recently had its premiere in Los Angeles and the world has been overwhelmingly positive from those who saw the film. Kevin Feige was also in attendance and talked up the event that is Shang-Chi, even going as far as to comparing it with the culture impact Black Panther had in 2018.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is coming exclusively to theaters on 3 September 2021. The film will play exclusively in cinemas for 45 days before moving on to streaming service Disney Plus. This is the first time Disney has worked with this format, instead of same day premiere access for $29.99 used for Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, and Cruella.

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