[This story contains spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Shang-Chi comic books from Marvel.]
On the finish of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, audiences are left with a cliffhanger that feels taylor-made for a sequel or a Disney+ sequence. Xialing (Meng’ er Zhang) has taken over the Ten Rings, the group her father Wenwu (Tony Leung) constructed over hundreds of years and by no means allowed her to take part in. At her aspect is his former muscle Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) because the pair overlook the coaching floor, now that includes girls in addition to males.
What does this imply for her relationship together with her brother, Shang-Chi (Simu Liu)? It’s a brand new establishment that comedian ebook audiences may need seen coming, in the event that they’ve been being attentive to the erstwhile Grasp of Kung-Fu over the past 12 months.
In preparation for the movie, Marvel’s publishing arm put new emphasis on Shang-Chi — a hero who’d been languishing within the background of different folks’s comics for the previous few many years. (In recent times, he’s been a member of a few totally different Avengers groups, along with coaching Spider-Man in martial arts, so it’s not as if he hasn’t been conserving comparatively busy.) What this meant in observe was the launch of a Shang-Chi miniseries written by Superman Smashes the Klan’s Gene Luen Yang, with artwork from Dike Ruan and Philip Tan; the sequence was supposed to construct a brand new house for the hero that positioned his traditional backstory entrance and heart, whereas shifting the character ahead on the identical time. The way in which Yang, Ryan and Tan selected to try this? Making a story the place Shang-Chi needed to take care of the legal order he was born into, which was now headed up by his sister. Sound acquainted?
There are, after all, quite a few variations between the comedian ebook and film Shang-Chi, though they’re considerably beauty. The comedian ebook incarnation isn’t associated to the Ten Rings in any respect; actually, that group is totally unrelated to the Mandarin in Marvel’s comedian ebook universe, with the latter identified extra for his standing as an Iron Man villain who has ten magic rings of his personal, due to the unlikely discovery of an alien spaceship. For that matter, the comedian ebook Shang-Chi isn’t associated to the Mandarin, both; his father was sorcerer and warrior Zheng Zu, who as soon as glided by the identify of Fu Manchu. Sure, that Fu Manchu.
As an alternative, the comedian ebook Shang-Chi was born into the 5 Weapons Society — and he was totally unaware that he had any siblings till the beginning of final 12 months’s miniseries. Throughout the course of the five-issue run, Shang-Chi faces the total drive of the Society after it’s revealed that he was chosen to be its new chief within the wake of Zheng Zu’s loss of life… just for that plan to be disrupted by his sister, Zheng Shi-Hua — who additionally goes by the identify Sister Hammer — who claims the possession of the order for herself, and calls for that Shang-Chi be killed to ensure her place.
Serving to Shang-Chi in his battle are two extra siblings, Takeshi (AKA Brother Sabre) and Esme (Sister Dagger), neither of whom have an interest within the daring plans of Shi-Hua — comprehensible, contemplating these plans concerned the creation of a military of zombie-like warriors referred to as Jiangshi. Within the ultimate showdown, Shang-Chi persuades Shi-Hua to show from their father’s teachings, however that simply results in additional battle between the 2 halted solely when he saves her life by deflecting a bullet aimed toward her head. She vanishes instantly afterwards, fleeing the scene regardless of Shang-Chi’s pleas for her to remain.
In her absence, Shang-Chi takes management of the 5 Weapons Society, and tries to maneuver it away from its legal functions, even when the society itself makes efforts to maintain true to its authentic function, as demonstrated within the present, ongoing Shang-Chi comedian that Marvel launched earlier this 12 months.
Does the top of Legend of the Ten Rings trace at Marvel Studios following an identical route for the onscreen Shang-Chi? That continues to be a thriller for now, even supposing such a transfer would offer ample materials for a second Shang-Chi film; we’re promised that the Ten Rings will return, however there’s no signal as to the place, and a number of MCU initiatives within the close to future — lots of which might probably use a legal group to interchange Hydra because the all-purpose terrorist group — it’s greater than probably that we’ll see extra of the Ten Rings as a nasty man group earlier than any type of new path takes maintain.
That mentioned, don’t be too shocked if Simi Liu’s onscreen alter-ego leads to cost of the Ten Rings earlier than too lengthy.