Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has never been hinted at in other Marvel films before, and overall the feature is a bit detached from the other MCU films. However, it still brings up some pretty interesting questions about the future of this Cinematic Universe.
We’ve separated here everything that The Legend of the Ten Rings leaves open, and that will probably be explored when we see Shang-Chi back in theaters. But beware of spoilers, especially for the film’s post-credits scenes!
Is the Abomination No Longer a Villain?
In one of the most confusing scenes in the film, we see Wong and the Abomination fighting in the Golden Daggers Club, only for behind the scenes, the two are talking about fighting strategies and leave together, acting like friends.
But how exactly did this happen? We know that Tim Roth will return as the former villain in She-Hulk, the Disney+ series focused on Jennifer Walters. But, after spending 13 years away from the MCU, chances are the series won’t fully answer what happened for him to change his personality and look drastically different.
The last we heard about the Abomination, General Ross had imprisoned him, but much time has passed since then. I wonder if, during his time in the Raft, he has managed to rehabilitate himself.
Where Are Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings From?
As stated, in the first post-credits scene of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings shows Wong calling the warrior and his friend, Katy, to talk. Next to the Wizard appear Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner in holograms, and they talk about where the rings came from.
It is said that they are not from Earth, that they caused a great wave of energy to reach the Kamar Taj, and that they are sending a signal to some unknown location.
All of this is already causing fans to create several theories, but we will probably only get an answer in the sequel or the next movie that Shang-Chi stars in.
What Happened to The Ten Rings?
In the second post-credits scene, we find that Xialing has not dismantled the Ten Rings (her father’s organization) as she had promised her brother.
Instead, she has taken control of the organization and now has several warriors at her disposal. But under Xialing’s command, what exactly will the Ten Rings be?
Will she go down a criminal path and become like her father? Or will she make the Ten Rings a bigger and more powerful version of her Golden Daggers Club? There is also the chance that the Ten Rings will now be a mercenary paramilitary organization – which matches the character’s entrepreneurial style.
Either way, we can see that Xialing exactly knows what she’s doing there, and this decision will probably cause even more friction with her brother, Shang-Chi.
Will Shang-Chi Be An Avenger?
In the first post-credit scene, Shang-Chi and Katy talk with Wong, Captain Marvel, and Bruce Banner. In the end, Wong welcomes the two characters and says that they will no longer have an everyday life. “Welcome to the circus,” says Bruce. But welcome to what exactly?
Ever since Avengers: Endgame, a question has hung in the air: Do the Avengers still exist? In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it’ suggests that they do, but not in the way they used to, with the heroes staying at the Avengers base and always being close together – but in a more rotating and necessary form, with the heroes being called to missions as they are needed.
So, is Shang-Chi now an Avenger too? Or will he end up being part of another Marvel Universe team? There should be no lack of options for the newest hero with rumors of Thunderbolts, Dark Avengers, Sons of Midnight, and even Agents of Atlas.
However, in some commercials for the film, Shang-Chi is being called “a new Avenger,” so that’s probably the way Marvel should go with the character.
What Happened to Professor Hulk?
In Avengers: Endgame, after the five-year time jump, we finally learn that the Hulk and Bruce Banner have come to an agreement and now share the same body all the time, with the character becoming a version of “Professor Hulk,” the name by which he also became known in the MCU.
However, here, we see only Bruce Banner. Could it be that after having his arm damaged and with all the gamma radiation from the infinity stones, the Hulk ended up “retiring” for good? Or did they go back to the old dynamic of taking turns?
That’s another question that should be answered only in She-Hulk since Mark Ruffalo will reprise the role in the series starring the heroine.