San Diego Comic-Con may be over, but according to Marvel Studios, the news cycle has only just begun. After the literal rush of Kevin Feige’s Phase 4, 5 and 6 news in Hall H, the President of Marvel Studios kept the ball rolling when he made the announcement Shang Chi Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. But due to the lack of news for Shan Chi 2Fans have had to wonder about Shang-Chi’s return and how he will flow into the Multiverse saga and beyond.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu and Awkwafina was the second film in Phase 4 of the MCU and the first post-pandemic to be released in theaters only.
Despite audiences’ unfamiliarity with the title character, the film was a huge box office success and was well received by fans and critics alike.
Although Shan Chi 2 wasn’t part of Marvel’s Phase 5 or 6 Comic-Con schedule, both Disney+ Day and Marvel Studios’ D23 panel are just weeks away; and acc Shang ChiIt’s Simu Liu, he’s expecting it “being busy” in the coming years.
Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu comments on his Phase 5 future
during one interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Shang Chi Star Simu Liu teased his character’s potential to appear in Phase 5 of the MCU, saying: “I’ll be busy:”
“Did you see the Marvel presentation yesterday? I don’t want to jump ahead or anything, but I have a feeling there might be room for me in a few of these, right? I saw the presentation from Twitter and to say, ‘I’ll be busy. I’ll be busy for the next few years.’”
As of now, Phase 5 of the MCU will run from early 2023 to mid-2024 and will consist of seven Disney+ shows and six movies. For now, Shan Chi 2 is not one of those films.
Shang-Chi’s many MCU connections
Since Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Widely regarded as the film that brought audiences back to theaters, there was never any doubt that Shang-Chi would be absent in the future.
While the fact that its sequel as well as his sister Xialing’s Disney+ spin-off aren’t part of Phase 5 is a bit surprising, that doesn’t mean they won’t be present in this upcoming series of films and shows.
In fact, Shang-Chi is perhaps one of the most connecting characters in the MCU right now. In addition to its ties to Ta-Lo being another dimension or realm, the Ten Rings could also be linked to Ms. Marvel’s bracelet.
Also due to one of Shang ChiIn the post-credits scenes, he and Katy crossed paths with Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel, along with Phase 4 cameo king and current Sorcerer Supreme, Wong.
This is particularly interesting given that all three characters have roles in upcoming Marvel projects.
Last but not least, Shang-Chi’s hometown happens to be San Francisco, where too Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatumania is set.
At this point, Shang-Chi could appear almost anywhere. And now that the saga is about to meet its main villain in Kang, it’s safe to say that neither Simu Liu nor Shang-Chi will be waiting long in the wings.