Thursday, September 16, 2021

‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings’: Let’s Talk About Those Post-Credits Scenes!

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is officially out in theaters, and as with all films in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are some post-credits scenes to discuss.

This origin story stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

As the film came to a close, audience members that made the wise decision to stick around in their seats for a bit longer were treated to two additional scenes — a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. So what happened in them? Let’s take a look.

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

Mid-credits scene

In the mid-credits scene, we see Carol Danvers (donning long hair again after her Endgame cut) and Bruce Banner (with his arm in a sling – still injured from Endgame?) holographically speaking with Wong, Shang-Chi, and Katy. The five of them are discussing the Ten Rings, and we learn that these mystical objects are older than a thousand years … by a lot.

Wong goes on to explain that the first time that Shang-Chi used the rings, they felt it in Kamar-Taj (the home and training grounds of the Masters of the Mystic Arts). Now, there’s a beacon that’s sending a message. Before Wong could explain what exactly that message is, Carol had to excuse herself to take care of other business. Bruce signed off shortly after.

Wong then told both Shang-Chi and Katy that the trajectory of their lives will be like nothing they have ever experienced before. And there’s no going back. He advised them both to go home and get some rest, because they have a long journey ahead of them.

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However, when it comes to Shang-Chi and Katy, we’ve learned there’s no such thing as an early night. The scene skips over to the karaoke bar from earlier in the film, where Wong, Shang-Chi, and Katy are singing their hearts out to “Hotel California.”

Given the open-ended note that the discussion about the beacon with the mysterious message left off on, this certainly won’t be the last that we see of Shang-Chi.

Post-credits scene

In the post-credits scene, Shang-Chi’s younger sister Xialing is shown taking down the posters in her room at her father’s compound. She comes across a drawing of her mother and pauses.

We then see that she has clearly taken over the compound and the Ten Rings organization, and she’s already done some redecorating a la her underground fighting club.

The best part of all is that not only is the compound full of male warriors, but there are now also many female warriors training, too. This is a callback to Xialing’s wonder at seeing the female warriors in Ta-Lo, able to freely do something that she spent her childhood forced to learn in the shadows. We have a theory about who those female warriors might be.

The film closes out with one final message …

The Ten Rings will return.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for our full review of this epic film!

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Lindsey
Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to her first love, photography. When she's not behind the camera, she's likely reading books and comics or dabbling in creative writing. Otherwise, she's probably yelling about something Star Wars or Marvel related on Twitter @lindyysolo. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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