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When is Shang-Chi coming to Disney Plus? Disney has announced a date

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest Marvel superhero movie to hit cinemas, but when will it be available to stream on Disney Plus?

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest Marvel Studios’ movie and the first Asian-led film in the franchise. The movie follows Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi (Kim’s Convenience’s Simu Liu) as he is forced to confront his father who happens to be the leader of the dangerous organisation, the Ten Rings. 

You can watch the trailer below: 

With an increasing number of Disney movies heading directly to Disney Plus at launch including the likes of Mulan, Cruella and Black Widow, you may be surprised to hear that the movie isn’t available on the streaming service just yet. 

Read on to discover when you’ll be able to catch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney Plus.

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When is Shang-Chi available to stream on Disney Plus?

Shang-Chi arrived in cinemas on September 3, meaning you can head to your local theatre to watch it today. However, you’ll need to wait until mid-November to see the movie land on Disney Plus. 

We initially thought Shang-Chi would come to Disney Plus on October 18 after CEO Bob Chapek explained the film’s unusual release plan during Disney’s Q3 earnings call. 

“We think it’s actually going to be an interesting experiment for us because it only has a 45-day window for us [before it heads to streaming]”, said Chapek (via Collider) about Shang-Chi back in August.

However, it seems Disney has ditched the 45-day plan to wrap the release into this year’s Disney Plus Day celebrations on November 12.

Disney Plus Day – which is set to take place on the second anniversary of the streaming site – will pack in a range of new content from Disney, Pixel, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Star in international markets, along with sneak peeks of future shows and movies.

Including Shang-Chi.

“The inaugural Disney+ Day will be a grand-scale celebration of our subscribers across the entire company”, announced Chapek on September 21.

“This day of appreciation brings to life our mission to entertain, inform, and inspire fans and families around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, and will become an annual tentpole event to be amplified across our global businesses”.

The release plan is definitely different to what we saw earlier this summer with Black Widow, which arrived in cinemas and on Disney Plus at the same time with the app’s Premier Access feature. 

Premier Access is a feature that allows you to stream a movie from its launch day by paying a £19.99 fee on top of your standard Disney Plus subscription. Premier Access movies will eventually be available in the Disney Plus library, so you’re essentially paying for early access instead of heading down to the cinema in person. 

Disney isn’t releasing Shang-Chi as a Premier Access movie, so you won’t need to pay any extra to stream the movie when it does hit the platform.

You can head over to DisneyPlus and sign up for an account to catch the film when it drops.

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