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Is Shang-Chi’s Past Setting Up His Future?

After the events of the first movie, will the Shang-Chi sequel set up a brighter future for our latest Avenger

There were certain things that I was expecting when I went to watch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Friday. I was expecting great action sequences, a visually impressive film, and plenty of humor. What I did not expect was a family drama so well-written that most of the entire climactic battle had me either holding back tears or downright crying.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.
A FAMILY AFFAIR

It is this familial drama that is the true heart and soul of the film as we see these characters, the antagonistic father Wenwu; the reluctant hero Shang-Chi, and Shang-Chi’s awesome sister Xialing, torn apart by love. There is a specific scene in the movie, however, that will most likely be an important element to Shang-Chi’s character in the future. And that is what I am here to talk about.

In a quiet moment, the night before Shang-Chi has to confront his father who’s hellbent on releasing his deceased mother (emphasis on deceased) from behind a gate where a gigantic soul-sucking demon dragon awaits Shang-Chi sits at the edge of his mother’s village and reminisces about his haunted past.

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He remembers the night he watched his mother killed. And he remembers his father’s sorrow which quickly turned into a yearning for revenge. He remembers watching his father murder the men responsible for his mother’s death. And he remembers how he let his own anger craft him into an assassin, trained by his father, to do one thing; kill the leader of the men who killed his mother.

Early in the movie, he tells his best friend Katy that he wasn’t able to complete his mission and kill the man. In actuality, he lied and later confessed to her that he did carry out the deadly mission.

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Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
A HERO

It haunted Shang-Chi to the point where he threw his old life away and tried to run from his past. Running across the world to live in San Francisco and to try and have a normal life. Of course, because we need Shang-Chi to be a full-blown world-saving hero by the end of his first movie, he comes to terms with his past and fuses the light and the dark within himself to become an ultimate bad***.

But, like all stories in Marvel Studios, it’s the little things that create massive story threads that snowball into a very compelling and emotional storyline later down the road. Shang-Chi may have somewhat reckoned with his past. But like Natasha Romanoff, I don’t think he’s fully over his past as an assassin.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

I would love for this inner conflict to rise to the surface in a sequel. And once again challenge him as he has to push even deeper to become an even greater hero.

What are you hoping to see in the Shang-Chi sequel? Leave a comment in the section below. We’d love to hear from you.

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is distributed by Marvel Studios and is playing in theatres around the world now!

 

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