Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Florian Munteanu have teased a deleted origin scene featuring his character, Razor Fist. The 25th film to take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi, a master of martial arts. After spending a decade in San Francisco, the film’s plot sees the titular character drawn back into the world of the Ten Rings criminal organization, run by his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung). While this true “Mandarin” is the blockbuster’s main antagonist, his right-hand man, Razor Fist, causes more than a few problems early on.
Wenwu sends Razor Fist to San Francisco to recover Shang-Chi's pendant given to him by his mother, leading to one of the film’s many impressive action sequences aboard a bus. After Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) meet up with his sister, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Wenwu takes center stage and restricts Razor Fist to henchman status. However, in the film's third act, Razor Fist urges the Ten Rings to aid the people of Ta Lo when the consequences of Wenwu’s actions come to fruition. In Shang-Chi’s post-credit scene, Razor Fist is presented as part of Xialing’s new Ten Rings.
Speaking with ComicBookMovie.com, Munteanu talked about footage of his character that didn’t make it into Shang-Chi’s theatrical cut. The actor said that the team had shot an origin portion explaining Razor Fist’s relationship with Wenwu, and an extended scene at the end. According to Munteanu, viewers missed out on learning the reason why the villain eventually replaces his blade with a dragon sword, and how Wenwu saved his character from the streets and built him into the warrior seen in the film. Read Munteanu's full comments below:
"We had that big end battle, and you [originally] would have seen a bit more there from Razor Fist ... I'm looking forward to people seeing that because there was a reason why he replaced his blade with the dragon sword and fights with two swords, but I don't want to spoil too much and I don't want to give away too much ... I always call [him] stepdad because, at the end of the day, Wenwu gave him a new life and purpose and a home. He trained him and took him away from the streets. That's also something you will see in the bonus material. [Xialing's] his daughter, so there's more meaning to that than just following a new leader, but we'll have to see what happens."
Munteanu has previously teased there’s a lot of background story to Razor Fist's character that has yet to be told. While fans would no doubt have been pleased to see this context worked into the film, another origin tale may have distracted from Shang-Chi’s central narrative, which is an origin story in itself. Still, the home release’s bonus material offers up some tidbits about how Razor Fist received his trademark weapon and became a member of the Ten Rings. What's more, since the organization's MCU return was confirmed in the post-credits scene, the groundwork has now been laid for future Razor Fist appearances. As is the case with any Marvel film, once a character has been introduced to the universe, they can appear anywhere.
Given the post-credits promise that “The Ten Rings will return,” it seems likely audiences will see Razor Fist before a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi’s Post-Credits Secretly Sets Up Eternals
Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings could be setting up the upcoming MCU movie Eternals thanks to its first post-credits scene. In it, Shang-Chi meets with notable Avengers to determine the mysterious origins of the powerful Ten Rings he inherited from his father. While none of them can identify where the powerful weapons came from, the answer could lie with the immortal beings known as the Eternals who will soon be introduced in the MCU's next Phase 4 movie.
As seen in the trailers for the upcoming film, the Eternals were created by the cosmic beings known as the Celestials, protecting humanity from their sworn enemies known as the Deviants. However, while they've lived for thousands of years, they never interfered in any of man's affairs that don't directly involve said Deviants, until the events of their titular film. This is because of a new and imminent threat which is referred to in the trailers as the Emergence.
It's quite possible that Shang-Chi's post-credits scene could be linked to this new danger as it relates to the Ten Rings and their mysterious origins which have yet to be uncovered. Could the Ten Rings discovered by Wenwu thousands of years ago be linked to the Eternals themselves? It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
Shang-Chi's Ten Rings Could Be From The Eternals
While the details surrounding Wenwu's discovery of the Ten Rings are left quite vague in the MCU (with legends saying he either found them in a crater or a tomb), the comics are fairly explicit. While traveling alone through the forbidden Valley of Spirits, he found a crashed alien spacecraft and discovered the rings within, acting as a part of the ship's propulsion systems. Adapting and studying the technology, he wielded the powerful rings for himself as he attempted to conquer the world.
In contrast, the origins of the Ten Rings are unknown in the MCU, and they're also quite different than the rings of the comics in terms of their appearance and powers. That being said, the post-credits scene for Shang-Chi revealed that the origins of the Ten Rings couldn't be ascertained or identified. Apparently, there were no matches in the respective archives and databases of Wong, Dr. Bruce Bannner, or even Captain Marvel with her knowledge of the cosmos.
As a result, it's possible that the Ten Rings could be Eternal in origin, a race of beings who have thus far remained mysterious and anonymous themselves. As a result, the Ten Rings may have come from the ship seen in the trailer, rather than from the race of alien Makluans from the comics. After all, the rings did grant Wenwu immortality. Furthermore, audiences will be introduced to ten Eternals in the new film, just as there are ten rings. While it could be pure coincidence, it could also be an intriguing and secret link between the two films.
Theory: The Ten Rings Beacon Is Linked To The Eternals' Emergence
While Shang-Chi's first post-credit scene revealed just how mysterious the Ten Rings truly are, it also revealed that the Ten Rings are acting as a beacon, signaling to something or someone that could soon be coming to Earth as an imminent threat. However, because nothing concrete is known about where the Ten Rings came from, Shang-Chi and the Avengers have no way of knowing what could be heading their way soon in the MCU.
That being said, the trailers for the Eternals have teased that the energies produced by Thanos' Decimation and the Blip that brought half of all life back into the universe resulted in something known as the Emergence to begin. As seen in the trailer, the Emergence is some sort of destructive force that has come from the cosmos to end the world. As such, the Eternals apparently have seven days to prevent the Emergence from wiping out the world completely, while also battling the Deviants who appear to be rising to stop them. That being said, could the Ten Rings be connected to the Eternals' Emergence? Perhaps the powerful weapons and beacons are summoning the catalyst for the destructive event. Furthermore, it would also clarify their origins as being linked to the Eternals and their Celestial creators.
What Shang-Chi's Eternals Link Would Mean For The MCU
It would certainly be pretty exciting if Shang-Chi's post-credits scene is indeed a secret set-up for the Eternals. Not only would the Ten Rings get their origin in the MCU, but such as strong tie between these two new properties would serve to better integrate them both into the shared universe of heroes and its vast continuity.
One of the biggest challenges that new Marvel properties post-Avengers: Endgame have been and will be facing is the question of where they were during the final battle with Thanos. By creating links between the two films, it allows for their respective parts of its history to have shared credibility, fostering more of an acceptance into the rest of the MCU at large.