Simu Liu plays your latest Marvel hero and Awkwafina plays his American best friend. Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung and Benedict Wong are also in it. This is the 25th movie in the MCU and the second one of Phase Four. Simu got the lead role after Tweeting about it to Marvel way back in July of 2014 and December of 2018. Shang-Chi is a martial arts expert and the son of a warlord who’d once tried turning him into a killer for an organization called the Ten Rings . . . which is named after a set of mystical arm bands that provide supernatural abilities to whoever wears them.
The Ten Rings is the same terrorist organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in Afghanistan. A splinter cell of the group held him captive while he created Iron Man. They appear in, or are at least mentioned in, all three “Iron Man” movies. In “Iron Man 2”, one of their agents helped Whiplash get to the race where he attacked Tony. And in “Iron Man 3”, they were used as a scapegoat for failed Extremis experiments, with that fake Mandarin actor Ben Kingsley posing as their leader.
The Ten Rings symbol even appeared as an Easter Egg in “Ant Man“. They had a guy in one of the groups trying to buy the Yellowjacket suit from Darren Cross, which you probably would have missed unless you noticed the neck tattoo on this guy.