The full runtime for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has reportedly been revealed online just a few weeks before its release.
The runtime for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has reportedly been revealed by a listing on a theater chain’s site. With just a few weeks to go before Shang-Chi’s release, Marvel is ramping up its promotional efforts for the movie. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film stars Simu Liu as the MCU’s first Asian hero to hold a leading role in a movie. Unlike previous Marvel release Black Widow, which received a day and date Disney+ release, Shang-Chi is expected to run exclusively in theaters for at least 45 days before going to streaming.
Shang-Chi follows the titular hero after he’s left the criminal enterprise run by his father (Tony Leung’s Wenwu) behind. However, Wenwu is far from finished with Shang-Chi, and when he returns to collect his son, Shang-Chi must confront the past he left behind. The movie also stars Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, and Michelle Yeoh. Doctor Strange’s Benedict Wong is also confirmed to have a role in Shang-Chi, which debuts on September 3.
Thanks to a new listing online, Shang-Chi’s runtime has reportedly been revealed. U.S. theater chain Cinemark has the movie’s runtime planned as 2 hours and 12 minutes, or a 132 minutes. This puts it in line with fellow MCU solo movies Black Widow (133 minutes) and Black Panther (134 minutes), for comparison’s sake.
Shang-Chi marks the first time the character has been brought to the big screen, so expectations are high. Marvel has a good track record when it comes to introducing heroes non-comics fans might not be familiar with, but Shang-Chi will be the first to arrive without any prior in-universe teases in a very long time. Captain Marvel was teased in the end-credits scene for Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther appeared in Captain America: Civil War before leading his own movie. Shang-Chi, meanwhile, arrives entirely on his own.
Nevertheless, Shang-Chi is poised to be a very special movie for the franchise. The action scenes are hyped as being some of the best in the entire MCU, and Liu has already won over fans thanks to his hilarious online presence and his time on Kim’s Convenience. The first impressions for Shang-Chi will likely roll out later this month, and then it can be determined if Marvel has another winner on its hands. For the time being, though, fans at least have an idea of how long they’ll spend at the movie theater when watching Shang-Chi’s MCU debut next month.