- “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” features, as per MCU tradition, two post-credits scenes.
- Here’s what both scenes mean for the future of Shang-Chi and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Warning: This article contains major spoilers.
Shang-Chi gets the MCU treatment in Marvel’s exhilarating new movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
That means there are not one but two end-credits scenes in this movie that introduces Simu Liu as one of the major new faces of the MCU.
Here’s both of these key scenes explained along with what they mean for the MCU going forward.
The first end-credits scene
What happens: Shang-Chi discusses the ten rings with Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel
Over dinner, Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) tell their friends about the world-saving adventure they’ve just been on, but their friends don’t believe a word they say. Wong then sling-rings into the restaurant and asks the heroes to come with him. They do.
The ten rings are then inspected by Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel. Banner says that the rings aren’t Vibranium and that they appear to be well over 1000 years old — meaning they are older than when Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu, acquired them.
Captain Marvel says they don’t look like any alien technology she’s ever seen, before getting emergency call and dashing.
Banner tells Shang-Chi: “Welcome to the circus” before leaving, too.
Wong warns Shang-Chi and Katy that their lives will be drastically different from now on, and the two say they should probably rest … before the scene cuts to Shang-Chi, Katy, and Wong drunkenly performing karaoke in a bar.
What it means: Shang-Chi is now a major player in the MCU, possibly an Avenger, while the origins of the rings are even more mysterious than we thought
It felt like Shang-Chi, and Liu himself being officially welcomed into the MCU, is being set up as a major player in the universe. It could even mean he is now part of the Avengers since Banner welcomed him to “the circus.”
Meanwhile, Bruce appears as himself, not as Professor Hulk as we last saw him in “Avengers: Endgame.” His arm, however, is still in a sling from snapping the infinity gauntlet in that movie, so why is he now appearing as Banner and not Professor Hulk?
It’ll likely be explained in the future; perhaps in the upcoming Disney+ show, “She-Hulk,” that Banner actor Mark Ruffalo will star in.
The second end-credits scene
What happens: Xialing takes control of the Ten Rings organization
Shang-Chi’s sister, Xialing, is seen at the Ten Rings compound and has taken over leadership of the organization after the death of her father.
The compound is being given a makeover in Xialing’s style, including graffiti. Xialing talks with Razor Fist, who was her father’s right hand man until he joined forces with Xialing and the good guys to fight the Dweller during the movie’s climax.
Xialing sits on a throne-like-chair with Razor Fist and Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng) standing alongside her as she looks out upon soldiers being trained.
What it means: The organization will remain a key part of the MCU, but won’t quite be same. Could a spin-off series be next?
The Ten Rings were previously a shadowy, evil organization led by the power-hungry Wenwu. But Xialing is now in control, meaning it will probably be more of a cause for good rather than evil. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of work the Ten Rings carry out in the future.
This scene also felt similar to “The Mandalorian” season two’s end-credits scene in which Boba Fett sits on the throne in Jabba’s palace and Ming-Na Wen’s Fennec Shang stands next to him. That end-credits scene officially set up a spin off series, “The Book of Boba Fett.”
While this scene didn’t officially confirm anything, it did note that “The Ten Rings will return.” So it looks like we may get a spin off series that follows The Ten Rings organization under Xialing’s new leadership with Razor Fist and Jon Jon as her two lieutenants.
—Shang-Chi Brasil (@ShangChiBR) July 26, 2019
It’s worth noting Xialing is actually an amalgamation of Shang-Chi’s sisters in the comics of which there are five. Primarily, she’s based on Zheng Bao Yu and Zheng Shi-Hua.
In the comics, Bao Yu rebelled against her father and became the leader of an underworld organization, which Xialing does in the movie.
Meanwhile, Shi-Hua poisons Shang-Chi after she mistakenly believes he murdered their father and that their father chose Shang-Chi to succeed him.
This could theoretically happen in the MCU: Wenwu did pass on his Ten Rings to Shang-Chi, while Xialing could reasonably believe that her brother killed their father. So, Xialing could be an ally and an enemy of Shang-Chi going forward.
We’ll just have to wait and see.