Marvel just dropped the first official trailer for Shang-Chi and beyond just getting MCU fans stoked for their first Asian superhero – it revealed a lot about what to expect from the upcoming film and that has theories flying around the internet.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu. He will be facing off against his father, The Mandarin/ Wenwu (Tony Leung). Shang-Chi’s past will come back full force as the villainous Ten Rings organization that the Mandarin runs calls him back to join them.
The film also stars Awkwafina (voice of Sisu in Raya and the Last Dragon) as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, who had some great moments in the short trailer. Marvel’s Shang-Chi will showcase almost an all-Asian cast and the best martial arts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – washing the taste of Netflix’s Iron Fist out of Marvel fans’ mouths.
If you think that the Mandarin and the Ten Rings sound familiar, it’s because they were first hinted at Iron Man (2008) when they were hired to kidnap Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). They showed up again with the fake Mandarin – Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) in Iron Man 3 (2013).
But, Marvel Studio’s first take on a Kung Fu film will finally introduce the real Mandarin as well as the Ten Rings of Power. And Marvel fans got a glimpse of these Rings of Powers in the teaser trailer. It’s jam-packed with other clues like a possible return to Madripoor – which first appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
They have been redesigned from their Marvel comic book origin, which calls to mind the Infinity Stones, where there each finger has its own place on the hand, its own color, and has its own unique powers. They were made from the wreckage of a Makluan spacecraft that brought Fin Fang Foom to Earth.
The Ten Rings of Power may not be as powerful as the Infinity Gauntlet, but they have a long list of abilities that includes: Ice, Fire, Electricity, Light and Dark Blasts, Mental Manipulation, Vortex Beams, Matter Re-arranger, Disintegration, and a powerful concussive force.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige and director Destin Daniel Cretton have reimagined these rings as blue glowing bracelets. This could be made to distinguish them from the Infinity Stones now that Avengers: Endgame (2019) closed the book on the Infinity Saga.
But some fans have taken the new look to theorize how the Ten Rings of Power still reference their comic book origin and are in fact not bracelets at all – but rings designed for a larger hand. That hand belonging to the dragon alien Fin Fang Foom. They only fit like bracelets on a human.
While the teaser did not reveal Fin Fang Foom, his presence was confirmed in a toy leak already. There have also been rumors that Doctor Strange (2016) villain Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) may show up at some point to claim the Ten Rings of Power, but fans will just have to wait until Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi hits theaters on September 3, 2021.
Marvel has been notoriously shy about introducing their monsters, even as the MCU cosmic world expands. Netflix’s Iron Fist was panned for cutting out its sleeping dragon – Shou-Lao. In Marvel Comics dragons and beasts like Fin Fang Foom are prevalent but so far the only dragon seen in a Marvel movie was in Thor: Ragnarok, where a Fire Dragon on Muspelheim was freed from his chains when Thor slew Surtur and gave us those amazing opening credits.
But Marvel fans can expect more of creatures like dragons in MCU’s Phase 4 with the animate Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur coming to Disney+ and stories that it will combine the mystical with the cosmic like Eternals. It’s about time for Fin Fang Foom to make his MCU debut.
Let us know if you think Fin Fang Foom could wield the Ten Rings of Power in the latest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.