Michelle Yeoh, whose character Jiang Li acts as an ally and mentor for Shang-Chi, says she also serves as “a guardian of a mythical city.”
Shang-Chi star, Michelle Yeoh, says her character is a guardian of a mythical city. Now that Black Widow has made its long-awaited debut and the MCU’s Phase 4 has commenced, all eyes will soon turn to the next film on Marvel’s release calendar, Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings. Coming up in September, Shang-Chi will introduce the first Asian superhero to the MCU in Simu Liu’s titular character who is known as Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu.
The film will also feature the MCU’s first blockbuster with a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast, including Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s sidekick, Katy. Following Iron Man 3’s notorious villain fakeout, the Mandarin will finally get a proper introduction as he happens to be Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), who tries to draw him into the terroristic Ten Rings organization. A recent trailer revealed that Michelle Yeoh will be playing a character named Jiang Nan, despite the fact that she appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the Ravager Aleta Ogord. Now, the actress has some more details about her character in Shang-Chi.
During an interview with Collider’s Steven Weintraub promoting her recently released movie, Gunpowder Milkshake, (in which she plays an equally badass assassin), Yeoh was asked about her Marvel character who acts as an ally and mentor for Shang-Chi. Yeoh revealed an interesting tidbit during the conversation, saying that Jiang Li also serves as “a guardian of a mythical city” and further explained the role she plays in the story. Read Yeoh’s comments below:
We are so happy that we are having our first Asian superhero. And not just superhero but superheroines around him as well, and I am a guardian of a mythical city. These young people come in and they have to learn how to protect history, and to protect not just this world but the worlds that are around us from the demons that are locked away. So it’s magic, it’s reality, so many things happening and it’s a lot of fun.
As is the case with every upcoming Marvel project, plot details for Shang-Chi are mostly under wraps. An official synopsis indicates that Shang-Chi will be forced to confront his past after his father attempts to lure him into the Ten Rings. Trailers are not shy about it being a full-on Kung Fu film, drawing inspiration from classic martial arts movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
With so few details to work with, it’s difficult to speculate what mythical city Yeoh might be referring to. One city from Marvel’s comics that fits her description is K’un-Lun, which exists in a pocket dimension but is guarded by Iron Fist. While this might raise fans’ hopes of a surprise appearance from Finn Jones, it is unlikely since Marvel’s past Netflix shows aren’t exactly MCU canon. With Shang-Chi’s promotional campaign set to ratchet up in the coming months, more will likely be revealed about Jiang Li and the mythical city she safeguards.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
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- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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