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Good news for Marvelites who have been holding out for the streaming debut of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings." Soon, you'll be able to watch the movie from the comfort of your own home.
"Shang-Chi" broke from the pattern of "Black Widow" and other Disney+ Premier Access releases this year when it opted to maintain an exclusive theatrical window. The film was number one at the box office its first three weekends, but with the ongoing pandemic, some viewers still may not be ready to go back to the multiplex. Now, we have details on when and where you can stream "Shang-Chi."
When Can You See Shang-Chi?
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will make its streaming premiere on Friday, November 12, 2021. The movie opened in the U.S. on Friday, September 3, 2021, with a 45-day window of theatrical exclusivity. That means you can't see it anywhere else right now except in theaters. Since "Shang-Chi" has been doing well enough at the box office (all things considered), it seems like Marvel Studios decided to extend its theatrical run from 45 to 70 days.
November 12, 2021, is the first day that you will be able to legally watch "Shang-Chi" online, so mark your calendars.
Where Can You See Shang-Chi?
"Shang-Chi" is coming to Disney+ as part of the first annual Disney+ Day. The press release that delivered this news also notes that the Disney live-action movie, "Jungle Cruise," will be "available to all subscribers" that day. This makes it sound like "Shang-Chi" will be available through Disney+ Premier Access first. If so, this would mean that even if you have a Disney+ subscription, you'll need to pay extra to watch "Shang-Chi."
It's not clear if it will carry the same $29.99 price tag as other Disney+ Premier Access releases. It's also not clear when exactly "Shang-Chi" will hit other VOD platforms. For now, your best bet for seeing "Shang-Chi" at home is going to be Disney+ on November 12, 2021.
That same day, the Disney+ service will roll out in South Korea and Taiwan for the first time. If you live in Hong Kong, it will be available to you starting on November 16.
What Else Should I Know About Shang-Chi?
"Shang-Chi" is the 25th entry in the MCU, or Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's Marvel's first Asian-led superhero film. Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh lead the cast. The film also stars Fala Chen, Meng'er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng.
Without getting into spoilers, you may see a few returning faces from other MCU films show up in "Shang-Chi," as well.
If you want to know more, check out our non-spoiler review of "Shang-Chi." Here's the film's synopsis:
Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings" stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
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