San Diego Comic-Con may be over, but according to Marvel Studios, the news cycle has just got started. Following the literal onslaught of Phase 4, 5, and 6 news from Kevin Feige at Hall H, the Marvel Studios President kept the ball rolling when he announced that Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will be directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
But due to the lack of news for Shang-Chi 2, fans were left to wonder about Shang-Chi’s return and how he factors into the Multiverse Saga and beyond.
Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu Comments on His Phase 5 Future
During an interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu teased his character’s potential to appear in Phase 5 of the MCU by saying, “I’m going to be busy:”
As of now, Phase 5 of the MCU will span from early 2023 to mid-2024 and consist of seven Disney+ shows and six films. Currently, Shang-Chi 2 isn’t one of those films.
Since Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has largely been regarded as the film that brought audiences back to theaters, there was never a doubt that Shang-Chi wouldn’t have a presence moving forward.
While the fact that his sequel, as well as his sister Xialing’s Disney+ spin-off, isn’t part of Phase 5 is a bit surprising, that doesn’t mean they won’t have a presence in this upcoming slate of films and shows.
In fact, Shang-Chi might just be one of the most connective characters in the MCU right now. In addition to his ties to Ta-Lo, which is another dimension or realm, the Ten Rings may also be connected to Ms. Marvel’s bangle.