Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on Disney Plus on November 12, it has been revealed – and it will be available to all subscribers.
The release will come as part of Disney Plus Day, an event designed to spark interest in the streaming service’s future — just as it celebrates its two-year U.S. anniversary, and as a load of annual subscriptions will no doubt transition at that point. Smart, right?
Shang-Chi is just one highlight of a busy day, with the current Premier Access title Jungle Cruise also being released to all subscribers on that day. A new short film from Pixar will also debut, the Luca follow-up Ciao Alberto, along with a new series of Frozen shorts called Olaf Presents.
More interestingly, two special looks for Marvel and Star Wars are in store for that day – the Star Wars version will focus on The Book of Boba Fett, while the Marvel version will preview the MCU. Since the Hawkeye TV show is set to release on November 24, we expect it to be a big part of this presentation, but a new take on Ms. Marvel also seems likely.
In the weeks leading up to the event, Disney will be revealing more in the run-up to the event. Still, it’s worth circling November 12 on your calendar to see what the deal is – we could learn a little more detail about new Disney Plus shows coming in 2022, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
For subscribers outside of the US, it appears that Star content will also appear in some capacity – the Michael Keaton series Dopesick is a confirmed part of the Disney Plus Day series, which will be released on Hulu in the US.
Analysis: Shang-Chi arrives later than expected
Disney previously confirmed that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings would have a 45-day theatrical release window, meaning it could potentially arrive on Disney Plus in late October.
That always seemed really fast, so keeping subscribers waiting a little longer isn’t a huge surprise. A wait of just over two months is actually quite reasonable, considering we used to live in an era of waiting months for a movie to come out on DVD.
It can also keep the value of the movie on the big screen. While Shang-Chi is one of the lower end MCU performers at the box office, that’s totally expected in the midst of an ongoing pandemic – plus making $306 million means it’s no slouch.
If you want to keep up to date with all things Marvel by the time Eternals releases on November 5, then you need to see Shang-Chi in a theater.