Shang-Chi: Post-Credit Scenes Explained
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is now in cinemas across the globe and it already has a big part to play in Phase 4 and beyond of the MCU. After watching Shang-Chi we can only assume you have a few questions as to what exactly went on in the two post-credit scenes and what it means going forward.
But don’t worry, in this post we will be breaking down the post-credit scenes but be wary, if you haven’t already watched the film you’re entering MAJOR spoiler territory so proceed with caution!
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
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After entering the portal to the Sanctum Sanctorum with Wong (Benedict Wong), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) are both standing besides Wong as he inspects the legendary Ten Rings. The trio, however, are not alone as the camera pans to the right-hand side to reveal that two Avengers: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) are also present via the hologram technology we saw back in Avengers: Endgame.
Bruce Banner is surprisingly back in his human form which we haven’t seen since Avengers: Age of Ultron, which means that the Professor Hulk persona may be gone for good. How he was able to transform back to his human form is still unknown, could he have received magical aid from Wong and Doctor Strange? Was it an after effect from his snap with the Infinity Gauntlet? That remains to be seen.
But the group start to discuss the Ten Rings and where they may originate from with Captain Marvel saying, “They’re not Chitauri” (a call back to the aliens from the battle of New York in the first Avengers movie) and Bruce Banner revealing that they don’t look like vibranium (the indestructible metal from Wakanda) and they begin to say that they have never come across anything like the rings before.
Wong then states that the rings aren’t part of the Sanctum Sanctorum’s codex meaning they’re a complete mystery at this moment in time. Wong also reveals that when Shang-Chi used the Ten Rings during the final battle to defeat the Dweller-In-Darkness the rings sent out a signal into the universe.
Now, in the comics the Ten Rings were created by the Makluans who are an alien race of shape-shifting dragons that come from the planet Kakaranthara. Some of the Makluans grew bored with their peaceful world and set out to conquer other worlds which led to one of them named Axonn-Karr crash-landing on Earth in the Valley Of Spirits. This is where the Mandarin travelled to seek more power and ultimately found the crashed Makluan and the Ten Rings. Mandarin stole the Ten Rings and used them for himself to aid his reign as a criminal overlord.
It’s not specifically stated where the Mandarin gained then Ten Rings in the MCU but we believe it may be something similar to the comics. But the question remains, who will be receiving the signal from the Ten Rings? The most plausible answer would be the most famous Makluan and renowned Iron Man villain, Fin Fang Foom.
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Although not very well known to casual fans, Fin Fang Foom has plenty of ties to the Mandarin and he could be the one who was notified of the Ten Rings being used on Earth and attempt to reach out and return the rings to his home world of Kakaranthara (sometimes called Maklu-IV). Although the modern-day connotations of Fin Fang Foom seem to be offensive and racist, Marvel may just simply change the character’s name since the alien seems quite likely to have something to do with the Ten Rings considering they originate from his home planet in the comics.
The mid-credits scene then closes of with Captain Marvel having to respond to an alert and she then leaves (potentially a problem we may see in the upcoming The Marvels film?) and Wong basically welcomes Shang-Chi and Katy into the MCU by telling them that they’re part of a bigger universe now and that he’ll be in touch. The scene then ends with a hilarious call back with Shang-Chi, Katy and Wong drunkenly performing 'Hotel California'.
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Shang-Chi’s post-credit scene is equally if not more intriguing than its mid-credit scene as we cut back to Wenwu’s (Tony Leung) base where we see Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi’s sister, who is supposedly meant to be shutting down the Ten Rings gang operations after her father’s death.
However, it is revealed that Xialing now sits on the throne of the Ten Rings, with Razorfirst (Florian Munteanu) at her side and is now seemingly taking over from where her father left off. The camera then pans all the way out showing that Xialing has a new generation of warriors in training and one thing to note is that unlike her father, Xialing has women in training as well as men.
This isn’t the only change; we see that the Ten Rings gang logo has changed colour from black to red and the gangs compound has lots of graffiti around for decoration. The screen goes black and then the logo fills the screen with a message reading "The Ten Rings will return".
So Xialing is now the leader of the Ten Rings gang, what does this mean? There are a few theories on where this could take us. One of those theories we have is the more obvious one and that is a Shang-Chi sequel, pitting siblings against each other however, we have no evidence that there would be a reason for Shang-Chi to stop his sister as she may not be running an illegal business. She may be using the organization for something else unlike her father.
Although contrary to this theory, she is being assisted by Razorfist, a well-known criminal, and her assistant from her time running an underground fighting tournament, Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng) which could suggest she is carrying on from where her father left off.
If that is the case, she would be the head of a huge organized-crime gang which could pit her against some of the more grounded Marvel superheroes. As the Ten Rings gang are confirmed to be re-appearing, it’s not clear how big of a part they will be playing in the future of the MCU. Our thoughts are that they could be making appearances in some of the Disney+ series’ such as Hawkeye, Moon Knight and others and they may even become associates with other criminal’s such as the Powerbroker (Sharon Carter), Baron Zemo, because come on, we are more than likely to see Zemo again, and others that may inevitably be introduced into the MCU like Kingpin, the Hand and more.
Finally, they could receive their own Disney+ show where Xialing takes the organization on a more heroic route by using them to take down criminal organization’s in the Asian region. We feel this would be a great idea as not only would this be an interesting concept, but it allows the MCU to embrace and build on the Asian traditions, culture and societal values that were so greatly done during Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings.
There’s plenty of information to unpack from just the movie as a whole and we look forward to seeing where they lead us in the future of the MCU.
What did you think of these two scenes? What do you think they mean for the future of the MCU? Let us know in the comments.