When Does ‘Shang-Chi’ Takes Place? After ‘Avengers: Endgame’

In the first end-credits scene, Bruce Banner is wearing a sling just like in “Avengers: Endgame.” So the year’s likely 2023.

Bruce Banner is seen wearing a sling at the end of “Avengers: Endgame” after using the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Bruce injured his arm while using the Infinity Gauntlet to snap his fingers and bring everyone back who was lost at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” in the Blip.

Snapping his fingers caused so much damage to his arm that he was then forced to put it in a sling at the film’s end.

When Bruce appears in the hologram speaking with Shang-Chi, Katy, Carol Danvers, and Wong, he clearly still has the sling on, signaling that “Shang-Chi” must take place not long after the events of 2019’s “Endgame.”

A reminder that at the start of “Avengers: Endgame” the movie jumped forward in time five years, meaning most of that film was set in 2023.

There’s a post-Blip poster near the film’s start.

Xialing, Shang-Chi, and Katy in Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi and Katy.

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When Shang-Chi heads to Katy’s house for breakfast, focus on the left side of the screen. Right before he opens the door, there’s a wall full of posters. 

Among them is a sign offering help to those struggling to adjust with life post-Blip. The poster reminds people that they’re not alone and mentions a hotline.

The moment occurs soon after Shang-Chi and Katy catch up with their friends.

The math adds up, for the most part, if we make an assumption that Shang-Chi was born around 1998.

Wenwu Li in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Wenwu and Li first meet while the former is searching for the magical village of Ta-Lo.

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Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung) meets his future wife, Li (Fala Chen), in 1996 near the film’s start. 

We later learn that Shang-Chi left home around 14/15 and has been on his own for 10 years, the amount of time Katy (Akwafina) says she’s known him.

Later, Wenwu says he gave Shang-Chi a decade to live his own life before he sought him out. According to that math, Shang-Chi should be about 25.

“Avengers Endgame” takes place in 2023. If we assume Shang-Chi wasn’t born in 1996, but two or so years later, that would bring “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” to 2023 as well.

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