WandaVision star Julian Hilliard welcomes “Shang-Chi” to the Marvel family with another funny addition of the Simu Liu photo meme.
WandaVision star Julian Hilliard welcomes Shang-Chi to the Marvel family with another funny addition of the Simu Liu stock photo meme. While Hilliard made his MCU debut earlier this year as Billy (aka the future Wiccan) on the Disney+ series WandaVision, Liu’s arrival has been far more recent. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrived in theaters last weekend to record-breaking numbers after being delayed from February by the coronavirus pandemic. Liu stars as the titular hero, a skilled fighter who was raised by his father (Tony Leung’s Wenwu) to be an assassin.
Shang-Chi’s entrance into the MCU has been nothing short of triumphant. The movie has received some of the best reviews of the entire franchise, particularly from fans, who have blessed Shang-Chi with a 98% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, Shang-Chi just posted the best second weekend numbers since late 2019, further cementing the film as a hit. Liu himself has become an overnight sensation, which has only increased thanks to his delightful online presence.
Prior to becoming a Marvel hero, Liu took a gig posing for stock photos. Since Shang-Chi’s debut, they’ve gone viral and inspired countless memes. One such picture put a smiling Liu in a pivotal moment from WandaVision, wherein the titular characters (Scarlet Witch and Vision) gather with their children for the final battle. Hilliard spotted it online and responded with an enthusiastic “Uncle #ShangChi!!!”
Numerous MCU stars have welcomed Liu and the rest of the Shang-Chi Movie cast to the franchise in recent days, including Brie Larson and Chris Hemsworth. Hilliard’s welcome is on the sillier side, but it also fits with Liu’s own reactions to Shang-Chi’s debut. After news of its record-breaking opening weekend arrived, Liu reacted with a fitting stock photo. Fans have been all too happy to count him among the Marvel family, and there’s a lot of interest surrounding when he might turn up next.
So far, though, it remains to be seen when Liu will play Shang-Chi again. Marvel hasn’t announced anything just yet, though some fans have begun to speculate that he could appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If that were to be the case, Liu would get to star alongside his new Marvel “sister,” as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is in Doctor Strange 2 as well. Right now, everything is up in the air, but hopefully Marvel will see fit to confirm things in the coming months. After a welcome as happy as this one, Liu better be suiting up again sooner rather than later.
Shang-Chi Ending Explained: 6 Biggest Questions, Answered
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest movie in the MCU Phase 4, and here’s how it ends and sets up Shang-Chi’s Marvel future.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings a new superhero origin story to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and here’s how the Phase 4 movie ends and sets up Simu Liu’s future as the Master of Kung Fu. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi is the second MCU film to release in Phase 4. While Black Widow served as a prequel, the MCU story again advances, this time with the introduction of a new martial arts hero.
The story of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings picks up after Avengers: Endgame with Shang-Chi living in San Francisco, California. His normal life is thrown for a loop when members of the Ten Rings organization come after him for a jade pendant. Of course, Shang-Chi’s efforts to fend off his pursuers are much more complicated, considering his father, Wenwu aka the Mandarin (Tony Leung), sent them. The father and son are eventually reunited, along with Shang-Chi’s sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), as part of Wenwu’s belief that his wife and their mother, Jiang Li (Fala Chen), is still alive. However, Mandarin’s desire to bring his wife back from the dead would include unleashing a powerful evil known as the Dweller-in-Darkness.
Shang-Chi’s journey to stop Wenwu leads him, his friend Katy (Awkwafina), and Xialing to the mystical land of Ta-Lo. It is there they meet Shang-Chi and Xialing’s aunt Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh), who helps them train for the impending fight against Wenwu and the Ten Rings to keep the Dweller-in-Darkness from being released. This all builds towards Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ action-packed ending, setting up exciting story points for the MCU to follow moving forward. Here’s a complete breakdown of what happened in Shang-Chi’s ending and how it impacts the MCU’s future.
The finale of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings revolves around Wenwu and the Ten Rings arriving in Ta-Lo to unleash the Dweller-in-Darkness. After being defeated by Ta-Lo’s dragon, the Great Protector, the evil entity has been imprisoned behind the Dark Gate for thousands of years. The Dweller-in-Darkness is also depicted as a dragon-like being in Shang-Chi and has smaller creatures as its minions that steal the souls of other living things to power their master. The Dweller-in-Darkness also has these abilities on its own and can become nearly unkillable if it consumes enough souls. The Dweller-in-Darkness is one of the Fear Lords and comes from another dimension in the comics. Shang-Chi’s version of the mystical creature also comes from a separate dimension, but its place among the Fear Lords is not clarified. Although the Dweller-in-Darkness is concealed behind the Dark Gate, Wenwu uses the Ten Rings to destroy the barrier so the demon can attack Ta-Lo and potentially travel beyond this dimension.
Ta-Lo exists in a separate dimension that is only accessible on Earth through a complex maze or by following a single path that opens up once every year. It is otherwise a mystical land tasked with guarding the Dark Gate and keeping the Dweller-in-Darkness at bay. Marvel Comics has its own version of Ta-Lo, where it is a pocket dimension located among the God Realms. The Ta-Lo natives have been there for roughly 4,000 years and typically are left to defend the Dark Gate independently. The realm’s powerful dragon, known as the Great Protector, interferes from time to time, including when the Dweller-in-Darkness originally attacked and again when he escapes in Shang-Chi. Ta-Lo is not the only dimension and city of its kind, as the movie confirms others like it exists in the universe.
In the end, Ta-Lo is saved and the Dweller-in-Darkness is defeated. Shang-Chi masters the Ten Rings and delivers a fatal shot to the Dweller-in-Darkness after receiving an assist by the Great Protector and Katy. Ta-Lo is in rough shape due to the battle, but the locals will rebuild and honor the dead. They no longer have to worry about the Dweller-in-Darkness resurfacing, but there is always the chance other threats from where the beast originates from could come through the Dark Gate.
Why Wenwu Gave Up The Ten Rings
During Shang-Chi’s ending, Wenwu gives up the Ten Rings so Shang-Chi can have them and save the day. This comes after the father and son battle and Shang-Chi proves he can master the Ten Rings. Wenwu not only passes the Ten Rings to Shang-Chi, but he does so after sacrificing himself to be killed by the Dweller-in-Darkness. The turn for Wenwu comes after realizing that Shang-Chi is ready to be the successor he always wanted him to be. Wenwu made Shang-Chi train from a young age to become a lethal assassin hoping that he’d lead the Ten Rings organization in the future. Wewnu’s decision to pass the rings to Shang-Chi show that he’s now accepted the new life his son wants to live and realized the errors of his own ways. After a lifetime of being so hard on his son for not being good enough, Wenwu finally realizes it is his son who is the better man. Thanks to Wenwu’s sacrifice, the powerful weapons will be in much safer hands moving forward.