There are still projects in the MCU that primarily focus on expanding the franchise’s roster of heroes. However, the Multiverse is now at the forefront of the MCU. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of them. Director Destin Daniel Cretton tells the origin story of Simu Liu’s martial artist protagonist as he confronts his troubled past under the guidance of his father, a man of Chinese ancestry.
Ta Lo, a mythical realm, and the legendary Ten Rings were introduced by Shang-Chi. This established the character’s place in the future of the franchise. As a bonus, the character’s introduction to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was also featured in the film’s mid-credits scene. Shang-Chi’s story was self-contained. Nonetheless, he could have included small hints that could have connected to the larger Multiverse plot. According to Ta Lo’s dialog, it appears to be part of a completely new dimension.
It was hinted at in the mid-credits sequence that the Ten Rings may have come from another dimension. In the end, this led to hypotheses about its interconnectedness with other dimensions of reality. In a new interview, the film’s visual effects supervisor addressed this issue.
Comic book sat down with VFX supervisor Christopher Townsend to discuss the possible link between the Shang-Chi, the Ten Rings, and the Multiverse. First, Townsend admitted that he couldn’t say anything about the Multiversal connection. Here he pointed out that they “just need to let it sort of evolve.”
“I mean, one of the great things about MCU is the intertwined nature of all aspects, which I think is one of the fun parts of working in these films. So I don’t want to say more, to be honest, I think that we just need to let it sort of evolve. Because often it is an evolving thing, that as one story arc happens in a film, it then spurs other conversations and other story arcs and then eventually.”
Regarding tying up loose ends after Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War, there will be “more of that as the MCU develops,” said Townsend:
“And I think Endgame particularly, and Infinity War were great in sort of bringing a lot of those loose ends back together. And I think that you are going to see more of that as the MCU develops.”
The Ten Rings in the Loki finale had a similar design to Jonathan Majors He Who Remains Multiversal diagram. This eventually fueled a multitude of fan theories. For Marvel Studios, Townsend has worked on visual effects for Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Shang-third Chi’s act is jam-packed with surprises, beginning with the appearance of dragons and ending with the enigma surrounding the origins of the Ten Rings. The Ten Rings’ true nature and potential danger to Earth sparked discussion on social media because of this.
The Ten Rings appear to be sending a signal to an unknown recipient in the post-credits scene. One of the most popular fan theories in the MCU is connected to the concept of the Multiverse. According to Townsend’s most recent remarks, there is indeed a Multmultiversalnection. However, if revealed, it would be a major spoiler. Wong, the new Sorcerer Supreme, appears to be unaware of the artifacts’ codex. For this reason, it’s unclear how the Ten Rings fit into the greater Multiverse.
Earlier this year, Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton said it wasn’t necessary for fans to “dig very deep” into the comics to understand the scene. His remark suggests that Fon Fang Room’s arrival may be in the cards. However, it’s worth noting that the character hailing from space isn’t part of the Multiverse. On the other hand, it’s reasonable to assume that the MCU’s Fin Fang Foom could come from another universe, wreaking havoc on Earth in Shang-sequel. Chi’s
He Who Remains’ multiversal diagram is similar to the design of the Ten Rings. This could imply that the artifacts are linked to an alternate universe. Like the Infinity Saga’s final two installments, Endgame and Infinity War, this could be Shang-Chi and Loki’s way of tying up loose ends.