Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, one of the upcoming films in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has finished shooting. Director Destin Daniel Cretton and lead actor Simu Liu have both confirmed the end of filming on their Instagram accounts (embedded below), as reported by Deadline.
In any year, finishing a film shoot is worth celebrating, but in 2020, wrapping on shooting is an even bigger achievement that usual. The film, which had to shut down its set in early March after the COVID-19 outbreak, was able to resume filming in Australia at the end of July, and has now been completed.
“We made a baby!!!,” Liu wrote in his Instagram post about filming being completed. “We can’t wait to introduce him to the world in 9 months…” The photo shows him and Cretton celebrating. The top comment on the post is also from Cretton: “Hahaha. You killed it!!”
Cretton’s own post is even more succinct: “WE. ARE. WRAPPED!” He followed it up with another picture of himself with actor Awkwafina (The Farewell), who also features in the movie.
Shang-Chi will be the first Marvel movie where the main character is Asian, and it’s clear that Phase 4 is a concentrated effort to get away from making so many films by white men and about white men, after the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
Shang-Chi is set to release on July 9, 2021. Black Widow (May 7, 2021) will release first, and both films will be followed by The Eternals (November 5, 2021).