You Can’t Stream Marvel’s New Movie, ‘Shang-Chi’, When It Debuts

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, movie fans have gotten used to being able to stream new major motion pictures on their debut dates.

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The move to streaming began in earnest with Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tenet and Walt Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation of Mulan in the summer of 2020.

With Mulan, Disney introduced its Disney Premier Access tier on Disney+. To watch films that release on Premier Access, Disney+ subscribers must pay an additional $29.99 on top of their regular monthly subscription price.

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Then, they maintain access to that movie permanently. Following Mulan, Disney has released several other movies — Kelly Marie Tran’s Raya and the Last Dragon, Emma Stone’s Cruella, Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh’s Black Widow, and Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise — on Premier Access in 2020 and 2021.

All of these films were released both in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access simultaneously.

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Although Black Widow‘s simultaneous release has caused pandemonium for The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios due to Scarlett Johannsson’s $50 million lawsuit, the simultaneous releases have been successful overall from both financial and fan-satisfaction standpoints.

In addition to Disney’s Premier Access releases, two Pixar films — Academy Award-winning Soul (2020) and Luca (2021) — debuted on Disney+ at no extra cost to existing subscribers.

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Now, Marvel Studios is gearing up for its first solely theatrical release since Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit movie theaters for its 45-day theatrical run beginning September 3, 2021 — this Friday.

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Disney recently employed this same strategy with Ryan Reynolds’s 20th Century Studios film, Free Guy, which debuted on August 13, 2021 for 45 days in theaters. The movie has had a better box office take than expected, so Shang-Chi could certainly defy expectations with the popularity of Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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If, however, you are not comfortable visiting a movie theater just yet with Delta variant cases on the rise, don’t worry. You won’t have to wait too long to stream the latest Marvel Studios movie on Disney+.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently expected to be streaming by mid-October, likely without an additional fee, though this has yet to be officially confirmed by Disney or Marvel.

More on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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The official description of Shang-Chi reads:

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. The film also stars Tony Leung as [Shang-Chi’s father] Wenwu [The Mandarin], Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.

Will you be visiting a movie theater to watch Shang-Chi this weekend?

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