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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings End Credits Scenes Explained
If it took you the entirety of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to cool down just from the bus throwdown—let alone the roughly hour and a half of movie after it—know that you’re not alone.
So, if you’re like me, and Shang-Chi was the first movie that made you stick-to-theater-seat sweat since Uncut Gems, then the film’s two end credits scenes might feel like an afterthought. But this is Marvel, of course, which means that we can’t afford to ponder the implications of either scene down the line. The first scene, which pops up in the mid-credits, follows what we saw in the film’s ending, where Katy and Shang-Chi follow Wong to what we can assume is the Sanctum Sanctorum. In the scene, Wong, Captain Marvel, and Bruce Banner (in all-human form!) investigate the 10 Rings, which apparently has a sort of homing beacon in it. Banner says “welcome to the circus” to Shang-Chi, which is as good as a welcome to the Avengers as we’ve seen. The second scene, which rolls after the credits, shows Leiko taking charge of the 10 Rings organization—followed by a title card that says the 10 Rings will return.
Since both scenes leave quite a bit up for interpretation, let’s try to figure out what each one means for the future of the MCU—and whether or not we’ll see a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Let’s tackle the mid-credits scene first. Aside from the dialogue essentially serving as Shang-Chi’s Avengers initiation, the homing-beacon-in-the-10-Rings thing seemingly confirm a future MCU plot line that involves Shang-Chi, specifically. There’s not much to go off in terms of where, exactly, the beacon is sending a signal to, but you could see Shang-Chi and Katy questing after it in a sequel movie or Disney+ series. Maybe Wong will be involved, given his interest in an artifact he says he’s seen no equivalent version of. As for the Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner cameos? Professor Hulk is gone, apparently? Banner appears in his human form, which we’re guessing has some story behind it, aside from Disney+ saving on its CGI budget for She-Hulk.
There’s not too much we can take from the scene where Leiko takes the throne of the 10 Rings. Even though she starts Shang-Chi as a bit of an antagonist to Shang-Chi, we realize that she’s capital-G Good—it turned out that her father would never let her train with boys, plus Shang-Chi essentially abandoned her when they were children. It’s possible, then, that Leiko will turn the 10 Rings into a do-gooding, crime-fighting organization—continuing to fight alongside Shang-Chi in whatever the next battle will be. After this scene, we see the title card that confirms that the 10 Rings will return in Marvel’s future.
Does this all mean we’ll get a Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 2, or just more Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings in other MCU projects down the line? Well, there’s certainly enough story left to tell. Plus, frankly, the movie is just so damn good that we want a proper sequel. You have our vote, Marvel.
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