The next feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuts this week. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) echoes in a new set of heroes and villains for Marvel Studios’ leading franchise.
As with every MCU project that has come before, apart from the trailer and trickles of information from the cast and crew, Shang-Chi is otherwise shrouded in mystery. But, Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, may have just spoiled a major element of the upcoming movie — the post-credits scene.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens exclusively in theaters September 3 with a 45-day run before moving to streaming, most likely onto Disney+ via Premier Access. This is a move on from The Walt Disney Company’s previous release method which saw movies like Black Widow (2021) and Jungle Cruise (2021) release in theaters and on Premier Access simultaneously. Star of the former, Scarlett Johansson, recently sued Disney for box-office earnings in relation to Cate Shortland’s Black Widow release.
The next project in Marvel’s Phase 4 from director Destin Daniel Cretton joins the aforementioned Black Widow, as well as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki in the Marvel Universe, with Eternals (2021) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) still to come before the year is up.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sees actor Simu Liu take on the titular character and Kung Fu master, Shang-Chi. He will be joined by Awkwafina (Katy), Tony Leung (Xu Wenwu), and Michelle Yeoh (Ying Nan), among others, in this new epic action-adventure following the mysterious Mandarin and the Ten Rings organization.
Fans will remember the Ten Rings scattered throughout Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man trilogy. Iron Man 3 highlighted the terrorist faction with the fraud Trevor Slattery, played by Ben Kingsley. In Shang-Chi, however, the criminal organization will reveal the true Mandarin — Shang-Chi’s father, Xu Wenwu — Wenwu replaces Shang-Chi’s father from Marvel Comics, Fu Manchu. If you want to know more about Shang-Chi’s powers, then click here for our complete guide.
With many of Marvel’s outings comes the inevitable post-credit scene which often sets up an element of future projects. Fans had the memorable Avengers Initiative nod in the earlier MCU while the end of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) set up the arrival of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel. Shang-Chi is no different from its predecessors, and will reportedly feature a whopper of an audience-pleaser.
While there is not long to wait until Shang-Chi‘s release, Kevin Feige may have just taken the edge off the anticipation with his comments surrounding the upcoming Marvel movie.
Speaking to ComicBook, Feige had this to say on Shang-Chi‘s post-credits moments.
“Well, we don’t want to spoil anything,” Feige said. “But, I think the end of this film gives a pretty clear direction on, at least, how vital and how important and how directly Shang-Chi is stepping into this world. We are reminded of Nick Fury in the tag of Iron Man 1, telling Tony Stark, ‘You’re part of a bigger universe, you just don’t know it yet.’ And without giving away, a very similar thing happens to Shang at the end of this movie.
Feige doesn’t essentially reveal key details or a play-by-play of what happens but revealing that a similar event to Nick Fury setting up the Avengers does happen, kind of takes the secretive wind out of Shang-Chi‘s sails.
The end of Black Widow seemingly issued in a new era of superhero stories so it could be that this post-credits scene is intrinsically linked to Shang-Chi‘s. Now that the long Infinity Saga is over, and Avenger team-ups including Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), are, for the time being, all wrapped up, it does make sense that some, if not all, of the MCU’s future projects, will allude to a bigger picture.
Recently, it was confirmed that Tim Roth was back as Abomination — the character who previously appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) — following the villain’s cameo in the first Shang-Chi trailer. While it looks to be only a cameo in this latest superhero venture, Marvel does tease his appearance later down the line.
There is a lot happening this year when it comes to the MCU including Marvel’s Shang-Chi, and with projects stretching long into the future (hello, Captain America 4), it looks like Feige’s behemoth entertainment franchise will be around for many, many years to come.
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