October 16, 2021

Shang-Chi: what Marvel movies is the new superhero related to?

Maximilien Pierrette

Cinema journalist

Falling into the cinema when he was little, and become addicted to series, he does his own stunts and navigates between eras and genres, from SF to comedy (musical or not) through fantasy and animation. He also dissects the geek and heroic news in the program FanZone.

With “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces us to one of its new heroes. But he does not forget to include it in his universe by linking his film to other opus.

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From the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Ten Rings that can be found in the title of Shang-Chi were present. On the flag of the terrorists who kidnapped Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the first Iron Man for example. Then via their leader, the Mandarin, in the third. Or rather the puppet who served as a lure for the abuses of Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), which did not fail to annoy several fans, furious at not seeing the real villain of the comic books.

After a short film in the form of “damage control”, in which we learned that there was another true Mandarin, the latter appears as Tony Leung in Shang-Chi. But with another name (Wenwu). And he looks back at this identity theft (and how Americans jumped in with both feet in the shots) before revealing that he has a certain … Trevor Slattery, Iron Man’s real-fake villain. 3.

The opportunity for Ben Kingsley to make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And for Kevin Feige to try to reconcile the fans who are still tearing about the film signed Shane Black, without denying what has been done before. Since Shang-Chi hasn’t officially announced a sequel yet, we don’t know if we’ll see it again in a future installment.

Note also that, in the place where Shang-Chi goes to take part in a clandestine combat, one of the clashes involves a man whose body shines in the same way as the soldiers infected with the Extremis virus in Iron Man 3.

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WARNING – The article below contains some spoilers on “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, as it brings up some cameos and twists, and details its post-credits scene. So please go your way if you haven’t seen it yet.

A Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is never truly independent. Even when he seeks to present us with a new side of his shared universe, like Shang-Chi, which features his first superhero of Asian origin.

Even if it develops a family story that is self-sufficient, the feature film signed Destin Daniel Cretton ties in with other MCU installments in a variety of more or less obvious ways.