Simu Liu – With the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the MCU has officially entered Phase 5.
While the six Phase 5 films have already been confirmed, they may open the door for the return of characters from Phase 4, such as Shang-Chi.
Simu Liu, who played the first Asian superhero, has hinted that his return is closer than most people think.
The film’s success
Shang-Chi made his MCU debut as the second unit of Phase 4 in 2021.
Simu Liu embodied Shang-Chi, proving his strength and right to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When the world began to recover from the effects of the plague, the picture was a major success, earning Marvel millions of dollars worldwide.
The critical reaction was also strong, and Marvel Studios moved quickly to appease fans who wanted to see more of Simu Liu as Shang-Chi.
The sequel is presently under production.
Shang-Chi will appear with the Avengers in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, in addition to his own series.
The only problem is that both films will almost certainly be released in the next few years.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuted in September 2021, almost two years ago.
Simu Liu has promised fans that Shang-Chi’s comeback will be sooner than expected as the film’s anniversary approaches.
He recently spoke with People about his plans for the role to interact with other MCU characters.
Simu Liu expressed his admiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s actors and characters, and he was excited to collaborate with them.
“And who knows, [fans] might see something sooner than you think,” he teased. “We’ll see.”
What could it mean?
Shang-MCU Chi’s return, according to Simu Liu, would be unexpected.
It also suggests that he will make his debut before Shang-Chi 2, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, or Avengers: Secret Wars.
Shang-Chi will almost certainly make an appearance in one of the three MCU films.
Nonetheless, none will be released for at least two years.
Instead, Shang-Chi might appear in one of the next MCU films:
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- The Marvels
- Captain America: New World Order
He has the possibility of participating in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series in addition to the major films:
- Secret Invasion
- What If…?
- Agatha: Coven of Chaos
- Daredevil: Born Again
The most likely suspect
Simu Liu might feature in one or more of the approximately 12 upcoming projects.
Fans are hoping that Shang-Chi would join the new Avengers team assembled by Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).
Shang-Chi has already been cast in the second season of What If…? Disney+ had confirmed months earlier.
This might be what Liu was referring to.
Kang and the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi will very certainly play a big role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that the ten rings he got from his father are important to Phase 4 and the beginnings of Phase 5.
Fans saw parallels between Phastos’ weapon and the 10 rings in 2021’s The Eternals, leading the question: did he make them?
Yet, the Quantum Realm in the last Ant-Man film demonstrated how the multiversal power core mimicked Shang-ten Chi’s rings, leading many to assume that Kang may have played a role in its construction.
One scene in Ant-Man correlated with the ten rings acting as a beacon in the Shang-Chi mid-credits sequence.
Furthermore, there could be connections to the Ms. Marvel bracelet as it bears a similar make to Shang-Chi’s rings.
Whatever the connections are, one thing is certain: Shang-Chi will play a significant role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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