Marvel has released the thrilling first trailer for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The new film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a martial arts-led action adventure focused on Marvel Comics hero Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu.

The character was raised to be an assassin by the criminal organization known as the Ten Rings, led by Shang-Chi's father, Wenwu/The Mandarin, played by Tony Leung.

However, as Shang-Chi tries to lead a normal life in San Fransisco, he is soon drawn back into the darkest depths of his past.

Sir Ben Kingsley previously played the role of Trevor Slattery, an actor who pretended to be The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, but this film will introduce the first genuine adaptation of the character.

The poster for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The poster for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Actress, comedian and rapper Awkwafina also stars as Katy, a close friend of Shang-Chi.

Meng'er Zhang also appears as Xialing, the daughter of Wenwu and the estranged sister of Shang-Chi.

The film will also star Fala Chen as Jiang Li, Florian Munteanu as the villainous assassin Razor Fist, Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon, and the legendary Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan.

Simu Liu as the heroic martial arts expert Shang-Chi
Simu Liu as the heroic martial arts expert Shang-Chi
Tony Leung as Shang-Chi's father Wenwu aka The Mandarin
Tony Leung as Shang-Chi's father Wenwu aka The Mandarin

The first footage was released on the birthday of lead actor Simu Liu in a surprise for the actor.

Marvel Studios tweeted: "Happy Birthday @SimuLiu! We hope you enjoy your birthday present."

Liu himself retweeted the original tweet, noting: "GHUUFXDTGVXDFGHVCDDTGHUIKKBVCDSTYGHJHGGHHJBVGGFYFYGUBIH THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

He added: "Well played @MarvelStudios. Well played."

Awkwafina as Shang-Chi's best friend, Katy
Awkwafina as Shang-Chi's best friend, Katy
Epic scenes are shown in the trailer
Epic scenes are shown in the trailer

Naturally the action-packed first footage from the film has gone down a treat with Marvel fans.

One person wrote on Twitter: "TALENTED, BRILLIANT, INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, SHOW-STOPPING, SPECTACULAR #ShangChi ".

Another penned: "THIS GOES SO HARD HOLY S**T #ShangChi ".

Meanwhile, one Marvel fan commented: " #ShangChi : i get those goosebumps every time!"

Some gorgeous martial arts scenes are displayed
Some gorgeous martial arts scenes are displayed
What dangers will Shang-Chi and his friends encounter?
What dangers will Shang-Chi and his friends encounter?

Elsewhere, a different social media user tweeted: "HANGCHI IS COMING TO SERVE US THE MARVEL’S FIRST ASIAN SUPERHERO AND THE NEW POWERFUL DUO SO TRUE #ShangChi ".

Finally, one Twitter user concluded of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: "This #ShangChi is the best gift a Monday could give. #MarvelStudios is at it again!"

Actor Simu Liu is sure to find international stardom for his role as the heroic Shang-Chi
Actor Simu Liu is sure to find international stardom for his role as the heroic Shang-Chi

The film will be the second Marvel film due to be released this year, preceded by the release of Black Widow in July in cinemas and on Disney Plus for an additional cost.

*Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released in cinemas on September 3, 2021.