Shang-Chi’s Mandarin: where the Marvel villain might appear next


Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings finally debuted in September, and the superhero movie didn’t disappoint. He delivered on the action, humor, emotional issues, and goodness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie also gave us one of the franchise’s most compelling villains, Wenwu, aka the Mandarin. Played beautifully by the great Tony Leung, the former warlord has proven to be a cerebral, dangerous and tragic figure. The character met his ultimate fate in the film’s bombastic third act, but there are still opportunities for him to appear in the future. Marvel Movies and television shows.

To jog your memory, Wenwu sacrificed himself to save her son, Shang-Chi, from Dweller-in-Darkness. In doing so, he also passed on his ten legendary rings. Still, the story of the deceased Mandarin (and a few other rising developments in the cinematic universe) could allow him to come back. So let’s take a look at Marvel TV Shows and films in which it can resurface:

The cast of the Eternals assembled

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The next MCU installment to hit the big screen is Chloe Zhao’s Eternals, and it is already shaping up to be very different from previous films in the franchise. One of the main reasons for this is that it takes place over thousands of years. With this, fans will be able to see the literal formation of the Marvel Universe as we know it. It also means the public could see the titular aliens intersect with some historical figures – like Wenwu.

Shang-Chi established that the villain discovered his powerful weapons thousands of years ago. After that he founded the organization of the Ten Rings and set about conquering kingdoms and overthrowing governments for centuries. It’s entirely possible that the Eternals witnessed some of his brutal acts at some point in history. Although of course, given their guidance from the Celestials, they couldn’t actually interfere with them. It would be an absolute treat to see the former character appear in the cosmic epic. Not only would this be a cool scene, but it would also serve as a soft piece of connective tissue.

The observer on and if

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What if…?

Marvel’s first season What if…? ended not long ago, and fans seem mostly thrilled with the studio’s first animation venture. The show has kept its promise to reshape some of the franchise’s greatest moments, resulting in a number of entertaining stories. The format has also allowed the series to introduce countless variations of characters we know as Peggy Carter. and Doctor Strange. Season 2 is set to open the floodgates even more, as Phase Four concepts are said to be included. This theoretically means that Shang-Chi and his world are a fair game.

The animated series could be the perfect way to bring Mandarin back. With an entire multiverse in play, fans could see variations of the character. So there could be an iteration of him who turns out to be a hero or, if we want to get even crazier, one who has become an intergalactic conqueror. It might sound wild, but it’s certainly not impossible when it comes to this show. And if he does appear, let’s hope Tony Leung returns to voice it.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

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Before What if…? tossed audiences head first into the multiverse, Loki set the pieces in motion for the plethora of alternate universes. The God of Mischief jumped into a number of unusual locations, which allowed him to come across some unexpected faces. Based on the finale, Season 2 is only going to get wilder, especially with Kang the Conqueror now in-game. But in the midst of his other adventures, could the main character meet more familiar characters?

It might sound a bit far-fetched, but Loki could sort of meet a character like Wenwu on his travels through the multiverse. He could find himself in a reality where the Ten Rings actually rule the earth, with the Mandarin more powerful than ever. Even though it’s a long time, I would really like it to happen. And even if it doesn’t, I’m sure there could at least be some sort of Easter egg, much like the many viewers saw it in “Journey into Mystery”.

Blade the Vampire Hunter fights enemies

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a habit of retroactively adding characters, and it certainly will be when it comes to Blade. In the comics, vampires have been around for years, and so will the interconnected TV and movie franchise likely. Details on Daywalker’s next movie are rare, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the film presented a brief history of the Immortal Leeches. And given their long lifespan, the Ten Rings might have encountered them at some point.

Again, this is where Wenwu’s immortality plays out in her favor. He could easily have come face to face with a real vampire at some point in his life. And honestly, the idea of ​​such a showdown is just too exciting to dismiss outright. A flashback featuring Mandarin (which might just be a pipe dream of me) would be a great action sequence to kick off the movie. I’m probably looking crazy at this point, but, hey, crazier things have happened in the MCU, right?

Shang-Chi and Wenwu in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings

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Shang-Chi 2

Of course, the most likely landing point for Wenwu’s return would be a Shang-Chi following. It is true that Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce a follow-up at this point. However, the film ticket receipts could mean that one can be on the way. The character’s absence would take a heavy toll on the project, and even with a new antagonist, Mandarin would likely still be on fans’ minds. Still, there are a few ways to bring back the fantastic villain.

The most obvious way to bring it back to life would be to use a flashback. There’s a lot going on in the character’s story and more of it could be revealed through scenes that take place before the first movie. He could also return in a dream streak, which, if done a certain way, could be more frightening than heartwarming for his son or even daughter, Xialing. And with magic being such a massive part of this corner of the MCU, he might even make a post-mortem appearance as a spirit. A plot point like this should be earned and, if that were to happen down the line, I’m sure the writers could find a logical way to make it work within the confines of the story being told.

Marvel Studios seems to understand how special a Wenwu character is, so one can only hope they choose to see him again in the future. Simply put, there’s a lot to love about him and, I mean, who wouldn’t want more Tony Leung?

Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings is still in theaters and on November 12 it will be available to stream on Disney +, where you can also watch the Marvel movies in order.

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