Shang-Chi: 2 Post-Credit Scenes Explained

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – now in theaters around the world – introduces the new incumbent Chinese superhero, played by Kim Simu Liu’s Convenience star, to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. While Shang-Chi can be a standalone adventure in itself, even though it invariably has some cameos from The Incredible Hulk and Doctor Strange that were revealed in trailers, Marvel naturally has bigger plans for the new characters in the movie. So, inevitably, Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings come up with two post-credits scenes that do just that: tease Liu and Co.’s future.

Warning: big spoilers ahead for Shang-Chi. Proceed at your own risk.

Shang-Chi ending, explained

Marvel’s new movie ends at a restaurant with Shang-Chi (Liu) and best friend Katy (Awkwafina) describing their amazing adventures to their San Francisco friends – high school classmate Soo (Stephanie Hsu) and husband John (Kunal Dudheker ) – who asked them to live up to their potential at the beginning of the film. Given the craziness of what they’ve been through (dragons and stuff), Soo thinks they’re making fun of her. Can you blame her? Shang-ChiEvents are so fantastic after all. But then, to prove Shang-Chi and Katy’s point, a magical portal opens behind Soo and John.

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Standing there is the sorcerer Wong (Benedict Wong), who appeared at the beginning of the film during the Macau fight club sequences. Wong is looking for Shang-Chi, who raises his hand and says “Gift.” Wong then walks over to their table and says that Shang-Chi needs to go with him. He then points to Katy as well, suggesting there’s something special about Katy. It better be there, otherwise Shang-Chi has a lot to explain about how Katy essentially turned into Legolas (from The Lord of the Rings) midway through the climactic battle at Ta Lo.

Wong then walks through the portal back to the Sanctuary of New York, before Katy and Shang-Chi follow, nodding to a stunned Soo and John.

Shang-Chi scene in the middle of the credits, explained

That’s where the movie ends, with the Shang-Chi The scene in the middle of the credits starts right where we left off – except on the other side of the portal. Wong is studying the Ten Rings and says he has never seen an object like that before. But he is not alone. Shang-Chi and Katy are in the room yes, but Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) are there too – not in person, but through those holographic machines first seen in Avengers: Endgame . Interestingly, Bruce is back in human form, though he still has the slingshot of using the Infinity Gauntlet as a Smart Hulk.

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Simu Liu as Shang-Chi with the rings in Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings
Photo Credit: Disney / Marvel Studios

Bruce wonders if the rings are of Chitauri origin, a reference to the Avengers, but Carol says she hasn’t seen any alien technology like that. They then wonder how long Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), had the Ten Rings before they came into his possession. Shang-Chi says they must have had this for a thousand years, but Bruce notes that they are much older due to their “thermal luminescence”. Wong adds that the first time Shang-Chi used the Ten Rings, they felt it in Kamar-Taj. He then expands the visual representation of the rings, where they discover there is a lighthouse inside.

He’s sending a message, causing Shang-Chi to go: “A message to where?” Could it be that this ancient weapon that is thousands of years old and is communicating with someone could somehow be linked to a group of immortal beings who lived in secret on Earth for thousands of years? I mean, this is the next Marvel movie: eternal, scheduled for November 5 in theaters around the world. We’ll have to wait a few months to find out, I suppose.

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Just then, Carol gets a notification and excuses herself because she has to go take care of this. She tells Shang-Chi and Katy to get her number from Bruce. When she leaves, Bruce says that she does that a lot – and that he doesn’t have her number. Bruce also leaves with a farewell note: “Welcome to the circus.” Wong reiterates this, noting that their new life trajectory will be like nothing they have witnessed before. And so they should get some rest.

“It’s a good idea,” says Katy, but looking at Shang-Chi, it’s clear they have other ideas too. Cut to the three karaokes singing “Hotel California” by the Eagles, a throwback to two earlier moments: Katy once sang “Hotel California” in high school to confuse a bully who was about to beat Shang-Chi. AND Shang-Chi previously showed us how Katy and Shang-Chi prefer the fun (also a karaoke night) over their adult responsibilities, which they are doing here again.

Shang-Chi post-credit scene, explained

The actual post-credit scene in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the one that arrives after all the credits actually rolled, is shorter than the Shang-Chi scene from the middle of the credits. It centers on Shang-Chi’s sister, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), whom Shang-Chi mentioned at the end, is out to destroy her father’s operations. But she doesn’t really seem to be doing it. It appears that Xialing seems to be just taking over the Ten Rings, with a bit of transformation.

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Meng’er Zhang as Xialing in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Photo credit: Jasin Boland / Marvel Studios

She has recruited fight club organizer and announcer Jon Jon (Ronny Chieng), though mercenary Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) is still the head of the army. The biggest change is that women have an equal place in the Ten Rings now, in response to her father who always neglected his daughter. Plus, there’s modern-style graffiti on the walls to add some cool factor. The Ten Rings are a 21st century operation, except they don’t have any rings (LOL).

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Still, Xialing has a large amount of manpower and firepower at its disposal, which I’m sure will come in handy for future MCU villains. Shang-ChiThe post-credit scene ends by saying “The Ten Rings Will Return,” which I suppose works for both Xialing’s outfit and Shang-Chi’s actual ten rings. It’s not clear where we’ll see any of them next – Marvel hasn’t announced a sequel yet. All Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said on the subject is that “there is a direct line to where he goes.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is now playing in theaters around the world. In India, Shang-Chi it is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.


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