The biggest questions the MCU sequel can answer

Shang Chi 2 should be able to answer some of the burning questions from fans after seeing his first successful installment, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. A sequel has been announced as part of a new deal with director Destin Daniel Cretton, who will return to write and direct Shang Chi 2. Cretton’s return ensures that the second film will be able to continue its vision of the first, helping answer some, if not all, of viewers’ lingering questions.

Shang-Chi followed his main character (Simu Liu) confronting his family and his past, which he thought he left behind when he moved to the United States. He and his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) work with his sister, Xu Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), to stop his father Wenwu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) before he can unleash the Dweller-In-Darkness. Shang-Chi was a big hit at the box office and with critics, receiving a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but having to introduce many complex characters as well as the film’s rich mythology meant that some details had to be somehow. little brushed.


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At the risk of including too much exposure and slowing the story down, Shang-Chi sacrificed some plot explanations to keep his energy fun. Now that the stories have been established, however, Shang Chi 2 can delve into details for which his first film didn’t have time. Here are the biggest questions that Shang Chi 2 can answer.

What do the ten rings signal?

In the first post-credits scene, Shang-Chi and Katy were called to a meeting between Wong (Benedict Wong), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to discuss a beacon the Ten Rings were sending. . somewhere in space. None of them could determine anything about the origin of the Rings or the intended recipient of the beacon. This signal presumably only started after ownership of the Rings transferred to Shang-Chi, leaving viewers to wonder not only who or what the signal was intended for, but also why it had only started now. Shang Chi 2 will likely face the consequences of this beacon as something or someone comes along to claim the Ten Rings for themselves.

How did Wenwu first find the ten rings?

Shang-Chi Wenwu fight scene

Shang-ChiThe opening narration described some of the theories about the origin of the Ten Rings, including that Wenwu first found them buried in an ancient tomb, or that they arrived on Earth in a meteor. The film never confirmed or denied any theory, choosing to focus on Wenwu’s influence after acquiring them instead of showing how he found them in the first place, asking the question: What is the origin of the Ten Rings? Maybe if the beacon’s target arrives on Earth in Shang Chi 2, the origin of the Ten Rings will be correctly explained. Until then, fan theories will have to be enough to fill this gap.

How powerful is the inhabitant of darkness and the great protector?

Shang-Chi awakens the Great Protector in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The Ten Rings weren’t the only overpowering force that Shang-Chi did not fully explain; Ta Lo’s origins in another dimension and the many mythical beings who reside there were never fully fleshed out in the film, especially when it came to the Dweller-In-Darkness and the Great Protector. Shang-Chi left many viewers wondering what all of these creatures could do and how far their powers actually went.

Despite being trapped in a magical prison, the Dweller-In-Darkness was able to extend his powers beyond Ta Lo to deceive Wenwu. Still, the power of the Great Protector didn’t seem to transcend these boundaries in the same way as Shang-Chi’s mother, Ying Li (Fala Chen), lost any power the dragon had bestowed upon her when she left. This could be due to the fact that she sort of rejected power when leaving, but that seems unlikely considering how she continued to honor the Great Protector throughout her life and has related to her children stories about it and about his house. With a bit of luck, Shang Chi 2 may explain why the Dweller-In-Darkness did not experience the same sort of restrictions as the Great Protector. If Shang-Chi continues to draw any kind of strength from the dragon, like when he and the people of Ta Lo fought the Ten Rings organization of Wenwu, then the MCU sequel will need to flesh out those magical elements better.

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What is the future of the organization of the ten rings under Xialing?

Xia Ling in the end credits of Shang Chi

Shang-ChiXialing’s second post-credit scene showed Xialing in his childhood home, which also served as the headquarters of his father’s Ten Rings organization. She had told her brother that she was there to oversee the dismantling of the organization, but the scene ended with her presumably taking over instead. Xialing grew up resentful of her father for excluding her from his empire, explaining to Katy that she had built hers from the first chance she had, so it makes sense that she would jump at the chance. to take back what has always been is forbidden to him. However, the decision leaves a lot of questions about the direction in which Xialing will take the Ten Rings. Will it remain the criminal empire it was under Wenwu, or will it evolve into something else? If the former, Xialing and Shang-Chi could end up on opposite sides in Shang Chi 2.

When does Shang-Chi take place in the MCU timeline?

Brie Larson and Mark Ruffalo as Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings credits scene

The Shang-Chi the movie wasn’t very clear on exactly when it happened on the MCU timeline, and the sequel will likely help clear up that confusion as Shang-Chi fits more into the larger Cinematic Universe. Know when exactly Shang-Chi takes place could help explain other questions the film left unanswered, such as when and why Bruce Banner returned to his human form. In Avengers: Endgame, Bruce and Hulk had achieved an understanding that led to the creation of Professor Hulk, which was essentially the combination of the Hulk’s body with Bruce’s intelligence. Yet in the Shang-Chi post-credit scene, Bruce was back in human form with his arm in a sling, possibly still injured after using the Infinity Gauntlet in End of Game. On the other hand, Captain Marvel’s hair had grown to his shoulders although it was cut short in End of Game, which implies that a significant amount of time has elapsed between films. Future MCU movies will hopefully clarify what happened with these characters, as well as what exactly happened between Wong and Abomination.

What has Abomination done and why is he with Wong?

Abomination had been a villain in The Incredible Hulk who had ultimately been placed in Shield’s custody. Between this date and Shang-Chi, he became a tournament fighter at Xialing’s Golden Daggers Club in Macau, facing off against Wong. Wong and Abomination appeared to have worked out some sort of arrangement between them to seemingly set up fights in the ring, training together during their downtime. It remains to be seen how they met and what brought them to this point. This version of Wong also sounded much more laid back, acting at ease in participating in illegal activities and familiar with popular culture, singing karaoke with Shang-Chi and Katy, than he did in Doctor Strange. This change raised the question of what could have happened between that date and Shang-Chi. What could lead Wong and Abomination to form such a friendly relationship?

Shang-Chi and Katy will they just remain friends?

Simu Liu Shang-Chi Katy's Romantic Joke

Shang-Chi and Katy’s friendship had been one of the most heartwarming elements of the Shang-Chi movie. The MCU hasn’t had a lot of male-female friendships so far, as most of those relationships have ultimately included a romantic element. While some viewers want Shang-Chi and Katy’s relationship to evolve into a romance, as Katy’s grandmother asked at the start of the movie, others believe it would hurt what the 2 characters have built. together. Whichever direction the MCU decides to take for their relationship, Shang Chi 2 will probably be an opportunity to explore who becomes Shang-Chi and Katy, together and separately.

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