Did you hear? The CDC says it’s finally safe for the vaccinated to take their masks off in most situations. Though it’s far from over, it feels like we’re really, truly turning a corner here — and it appears Hollywood is responding.
If it’s safe to return to theaters, they want that theater money. Disney has made the first move by announcing today the upcoming MCU movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will NOT be appearing on Disney+ the day of release — not even for an unfair $30 extra fee. You’re gonna have to head to a theater to see it, as nature intended.
Shang-Chi lives a rather quiet live in an American town, unaware of his true purpose or origin. But it all hits like a ton of bricks when the villain The Mandarin, leader of the criminal organization the Ten Rings, shows up in town. Shang is ready to fight — until he finds out Mandarin is his father! Simu Lui plays Shang-Chi, Awkwafina is Katy and Tony Leung plays Shang’s pop.
This does not signal a change in plans for the summer movies Disney has already promised will premiere digitally. Pixar’s Luca is still a Disney+ exclusive, and Black Widow and that dumb-looking Cruella movie will be available for $30 day-of-release.
But once the leaves start turning, it’s back to business as usual. Shang-Chi opens September 3.