Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was the first Marvel movie of 2021 to introduce a brand new hero to the MCU, and Simu Liu cannot wait to see where the character goes next and even has some ideas of his own. Having been cast in the title role back in 2019, the first adventure for Shang-Chi was meant to premiere in February 2021 but ended up being pushed back a number of months thanks to the Covid pandemic and did not end up hitting cinemas until September when it was given an exclusive run before heading to Disney+.
We may see some of Shang-Chi’s characters turning up as bit players in other movies, but a second Shang-Chi movie will probably not be arriving for another two or three years at least considering the Marvel slate is currently full well into 2023. However, the time it takes doesn’t make a difference to Simu Liu, who is very excited to see where the character can be taken in future, and speaking with Complex Canada, Liu discussed what he wants to do in the sequel and the questions he has. He said:
“I think just what Shaun decides to do with all this newfound power, you know? It kind of consumed his father, consumed Wenwu. I’m curious as to how someone much younger, much more inexperienced, would fare against the rings. Just this idea of all of a sudden being gifted something that’s so powerful but also so dangerous. And then the other big question I have is, you know, in what way does Shaun fit in with the rest of the MCU? Who are you going to see? What kind of crazy team-ups? What kinda tie-ins, Easter eggs? I’m just as much in the dark and everyone else, so I don’t know anything, but I’m excited to dive into that process.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Proved Marvel Could Make New Characters Instantly Popular
Following the end of Marvel’s Phase 3, there were a number of doubts as to whether the MCU would be able to maintain the level of interest that turned Avengers: Endgame into one of the biggest movies of all time. After a hiatus of almost two years, the MCU released Black Widow as the first movie of Phase 4, but it was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the of Ten Rings that brought the big challenge to Marvel Studios with the film having only a limited connection to the MCU via mention of the Ten Rings in previous movies – mostly in the Iron Man films – and an appearance by Doctor Strange’s Wong.
As it turned out, the movie didn’t need a well-known cast, or numerous cameos to be a success and as well as reintroducing Tim Roth’s Abomination ahead of his upcoming She-Hulk appearance, the film also managed to maintain the same level of excitement as some of the better known characters of the MCU have been known to generate. Thanks to all of this, it was obvious that Shang-Chi will be seen again, as even if the movie had been a complete flop there is always a larger narrative being worked on that would include the character, as was made apparent by the post credit scene of the movie.