Shang-Chi 2 Gets Positive Update From MCU Star Simu Liu

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Simu Liu gives a positive update about Shang-Chi 2. One of the new heroes that joined the MCU in Phase 4 was Shang-Chi. While his film debuted during the global pandemic, it was one of the highest-grossing films of 2021. Liu was tapped to bring the iconic Marvel hero to life, and his journey has only just begun.

While a Shang-Chi 2 sequel was greenlit, there have been no updates for quite some time. Liu recently spoke to Collider, where he gave a brief Shang-Chi 2 update. The MCU actor is excited about exploring “new sides” of his character. Liu also shared hopes that Shang-Chi 2 will be able to bring back Michelle Yeoh, stating the following:

Going into a sequel feels exciting. It doesn’t necessarily feel like there’s a pressure to perform or a pressure to exceed. It feels like we’ve established a world and there’s just something really nostalgic and exciting about returning to that world that we’ve spent so much time ideating on and thinking about. And then, we’re getting to revisit some things, but also show the viewer new things. We’ll deliver all of the amazing action that we were celebrated for on the first movie, but then also hopefully explore new sides of Shaun’s character and the characters around him. That is, of course, if we can still afford Michelle Yeoh. She’s on top of the world and just the queen of everything.

Everything We Know About Shang-Chi 2

Outside of Liu, no other cast members have yet been confirmed for Shang-Chi 2. It’s assumed that actors such as Awkwafina and Meng’er Zhang will be back for the sequel. Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed the first installment, has been confirmed to direct Shang-Chi 2. The sequel is part of Cretton’s overall deal with Marvel Studios, as he is also developing a MCU show for Disney+

Shang-Chi 2 has been confirmed to happen, but Marvel Studios has yet to give it a release date. Phase 5 is already packed as is with several upcoming films and shows. But there is the chance that Shang-Chi 2 may be one of the unannounced Phase 6 projects. If not in Phase 6, Shang-Chi 2 may not be happening until Phase 7 at the earliest. Cretton is also directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, hence the lack of progression on Shang-Chi 2.

Even if Shang-Chi 2 is delayed till Phase 7, it feels safe to say the hero will be part of Phases 5-6 in some capacity. It’d be shocking if Shang-Chi doesn’t take part in the two upcoming Avengers films. Given Cretton’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty involvement, it would make sense for Liu to be back for that film. Hopefully, Marvel Studios will provide updates about Shang-Chi 2 later this year.

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