Director of Shang-Chi Destin Cretton teased details about changes to The Mandarin after his last appearance in Iron Man 3.
New details about Destin Cretton’s Shang-Chi have surfaced online after the director discussed the film and the real version of The Mandarin appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character last appeared in Iron Man 3 portrayed by Guy Pearce, with Ben Kingsley brilliantly filling in as the decoy version of the terrorist leader. But with the new that the real version of the villain will appear in Destin Cretton’s Shang-Chi, fans have been speculating on his role in the MCU.
When director Destin Cretton appeared on the They Call Us Bruce podcast he teased a few new details about Shang-Chi and the potential familial connection to The Mandarin. Since the MCU can’t use Shang-Chi’s father from the comics, Fu Manchu, for rights reasons as well as the ignorant stereotypes associated with the character, it seems likely that the real Mandarin will appear as the hero’s father in Destin Cretton’s Shang-Chi. Read Destin Cretton’s comments about Shang-Chi from the podcast below.
“…In the same vein, the emotional aspect and the ideas of camaraderie, family, and connection is something that will definitely be a part of this movie.”
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In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China. When Shang-Chi was finally allowed to venture into the outside world in order to do his father’s bidding, he learned about his father’s evil ways and faked his own death before embarking on a mission to take down Fu Manchu’s criminal empire.
Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 197, the script will reportedly modernize the source material in order to avoid the character stereotypes of the time.
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Source: They Call Us Bruce