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Shang-Chi 2 Release Date: When Does It Fit Into MCU Phase 6-7?

Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 has been all about bringing new heroes into the fold, and among the most popular new heroes was Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi. Coming from director Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a major factor in resurrecting theaters during the pandemic, and the martial arts flick was an instant hit, making a sequel as inevitable as Thanos.

The director has since moved up the ranks at Marvel Studios, with two Disney+ projects in the works – the “Hollywood satire” Wonder Man and a Ten Rings-centric spin-off to Shang-Chi. Furthermore, Cretton was given the top job of directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, following in the footsteps of Joss Whedon and the Russo brothers.

Possible Release Dates for Shang-Chi 2

Even after Kevin Feige revealed the entire Phase 5 slate, there was still one of Marvel Studios’ untitled release dates left on the schedule on February 16, 2024. Many may see this as an opportunity for Shang-Chi 2 to slot into the picture, but as Deadpool 3 appears to be further along in development and nearing filming without a release date, this ought to go to the Merc with the Mouth.

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Moving into 2025 and Phase 6, Marvel Studios has dates still penciled in around Fantastic Four, The Kang Dynasty, and Secret Wars – these being February 14 and July 25. These are both strong contenders for Shang-Chi 2, but there is one obstacle that could greatly affect the sequel.

Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton is placed to helm Avengers 5 for May 2025, meaning there’s no way he could produce a sequel for any date in 2025. Perhaps Cretton will drop back to a producing role while another director takes the helm. But as the director had previously indicated he would be back for the follow-up, Shang-Chi 2 may have to push into Phase 7 and the next saga.

Even with the focus still placed on the Multiverse Saga, Marvel Studios has four untitled release dates in 2026, coming on February 13, May 1, July 24, and November 6. If Shang-Chi 2 is aiming to release in 2026 with Cretton remaining on as director, that would explain why he will only helm May’s The Kang Dynasty and not November’s Secret Wars.

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Again following this path of Cretton sticking around to direct the sequel, perhaps the most probable options fall later in the year to allow over a year after The Kang Dynasty releases, especially since lead actor Simu Liu will probably be involved in Secret Wars too.

So, with Marvel Studios’ seven vacant release dates in mind, Shang-Chi 2 ought to fall into one of them, but which one is much harder to determine. Answering that question essentially comes down to whether Destin Daniel Cretton will be sticking around as director.

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