When all the punches, kicks and family drama are over, there is a post-credit scene at the end of? Of course! In fact, this latest Marvel Cinematic Universe feature includes two post-credit scenes that tease the next adventure and welcome MCU’s latest heroes into the Avengers world.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are now streaming on Disney Plus. “From opening match to inevitable post-credit scene,”, “Shang-Chi comes with Marvel’s strengths and weaknesses, while at the same time feeling like something winning new.”
So what about these post-credit scenes? Stand by for spoilers … After saving the world at the end of the movie, Shang-Chi is introduced to some familiar faces with Avengers stars appearing for cameos (appropriate for 2021, this encounter involves a kind of superhero Zoom- calls). So at the end of the credits, another scene introduces a new boss to the film’s troublesome ninja army.
Shang-Chi mid-credits scene
The mid-credit scene largely continues, as Shang-Chi and Katie followed Wong into a portal. The action is taken up with Wong studying the rings, noting that the powerful objects do not resemble any of the artifacts recorded in the codex.
The mandatory credit recordings come from Brie Larson and Mark Ruffalo as Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner. The banner’s arm is in a sling, so if that is the damage one has sustained by carryingin Endgame, then we can date Shang-Chi as being set relatively quickly after that movie. They may be two of the biggest brains in the Avengers, but both are confused about the rings. They can at least deduce that the mysterious metal hangers are many thousands of years older than anyone was aware of.
In the comics, the origin story of the rings is that they contained souls of alien warriors from the planet Maklu, home to dragon-like creatures, including the popular cartoon character Fin Fang Foom. In the film, our heroes realize that Shang-Chi’s use of the rings has sent a kind of signal. There’s a guy radiating into the cosmos – but who wants to answer?
Marvel then jumps on some interplanetary business, leaving Banner and Wong to officially introduce Shang-Chi and Katie to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “There’s a long journey ahead of you,” warns Wong, or as Banner puts it: “Welcome to the circus.” Then all that remains is to seal the deal with a place of karaoke – and Wong enthusiastically joins a round of Hotel California by the Eagles.
Shang-Chi post-credit scene
After the credits comes the second scene. This time, it’s Xialing, played by Meng’er Zhang, that is at the center. We agree again that she puts childish things away while she takes down the posters that cover her childhood bedroom. She is supposed to end her father’s terrorist affairs, but instead takes his throne and heralds a new era for the Ten Rings organization. An era of graffiti and hip hop, with Razor Fist along with her old martial arts club assistant and a new army of martial arts students.
“Let’s get started,” Xialing says ominously. “We have a lot of work to do.”
The film ends with the caption: “The ten rings return.” But now that they’re under new leadership, will they be friends or foes of Shang-Chi and the Avengers?
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