Shang-Chi does the impossible, and we don’t mean earning nearly $ 200 million at the pandemic box office.
With its villain Wenwu, a reworked and nicer version of Shang-Chi’s original comic book father Fu Manchu, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has a complex antagonist who is more than a villainous villain who wants to rule the world. And with handsome Hong Kong cinema icon Tony Leung in the role, Wenwu went from “Wen-who?” to “Wen-wooo, man. “
But while Wenwu met a tragic fate in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, there is good authority that Wenwu is not gone for good.
What happened? – In the September 9 episode of the podcast They call us Bruce, co-host and reporter Jeff Yang reveals he was one of several cultural consultants with Marvel Studios for Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings.
“They just called a bunch of people, I was one of them, to check them out, to warn them if there was something that didn’t feel or read,” Yang explains on the podcast. “It was a pleasure to do it,” he added, saying Marvel Studios was “a little more in tune with the nuances, shall we say, of doing these things well.”
Yang clarifies that he’s more involved in the Marvel filmmaking process than he was even allowed to see, but he still had an enviable second-row seat at one of the most-watched movie franchises. in the world. And he’s always had more information about Shang-Chi’s place in the Marvel Universe than the average person, which makes his next piece of information hugely compelling: Wenwu isn’t totally out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yang said on the podcast, “Considering what they had at Tony Leung, I wish they would have made it a bit more clear that he had other places to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. will stop there.
What if … Wenwu was still alive? – Much like the comics, death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t preclude staying dead forever.
As demonstrated in the MCU’s recent past, namely shows like Loki and What if…?, it is more than possible that “dead” characters will return, whether through means like the multiverse, time travel, or in the case of WandaVision, black magic. Either way, death is not always the end.
While Tony Leung’s Wenwu died at the end of Shang-Chi, the MCU is full of ways for Wenwu to make some sort of comeback. For example: if a new season of What if…? stream on Disney +, there is surely a parallel universe where Leung’s Wenwu survived the final battle. Or maybe he took the Ten Rings in public rather than shrouded in secrecy. (Oh and hey, Marvel, if you want to use this idea, give me a call.)
It’s not that hard. We have seen characters like Vision, Ultron, Loki, and many more “defy” their canonical deaths. Even in the season finale of Loki, the MCU introduced Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, who is “dead” in his very introduction. And we certainly haven’t seen the last of it; The majors will return in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in 2023.
And not for nothing, but the post-credits of Shang-Chi made it clear that the Ten Rings will be very important to the future of the MCU. This “signal” that the Ten Rings are receiving from somewhere in the multiverse, could it be Wenwu who reminds him of his weapons?
To borrow a phrase from a completely different universe: what is dead may never die.
The Reverse Analysis – While Shang-Chi’s future in the MCU is unknown at this time, what is clear is that his story is far from over. And that includes the story of his father, Wenwu, who has an array of ways to effect some sort of comeback, whether it’s time travel, dark magic, or something to be discovered.
With the handsome Tony Leung now a well-known entity to the general public, it would be foolish for Marvel Studios not to capitalize on the fact that Leung is part of the franchise. Whatever project Leung returns to as Wenwu, it’s immediately a must-see project.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings is now playing in theaters.