Simu Liu started his MCU adventure earlier this year in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The ending of the movie made it obvious that this is just the beginning for Marvel’s martial arts master.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released last September. The movie grossed $432 million and received positive reviews. Many fans called it a fresh start for the MCU, and Simu Liu’s performance was praised, and well as visual design and Destin Daniel Cretton’s direction. Recently, Daniel Cretton signed to direct a sequel and develop a spin-off series for Disney+.
Although the Shang-Chi movie works perfectly as a standalone movie, it also had some guests stars that we already met in MCU. Benedict Wong’s Wong made a brief appearance during the movie when he fought Abomination, and he later showed up in the mid-credits scene with Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers, who explained Shang-Chi and his friend Katy that they’ve just become a part of something a lot bigger.
Wong reprised his role in Spider-Man: No Way Home and he will also return in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Considering all the connections that movie will have not only with the rest of the MCU but with the whole Marvel Multiverse, that is opening endless possibilities on who may appear in that movie as a surprise. Some fans guessed it could be Shang-Chi, but here’s how Simu Liu commented those rumors:
“Even if I were in that movie, which I’m not, there is no way in hell that I would ever say it out loud. That’s all I can really say.” — Simu Liu for GQ
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time that actor is denying his appearance in a movie only because he’s trying to keep in a secret (Andrew in No Way Home situation). But since there aren’t any confirmations if will Shang-Chi appear in any Marvel project before he returns for his own sequel, we won’t get ahead of ourselves. We still can’t wait to see what Marvel and director Sam Raimi prepared for us with the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Xochitl Gomez. The movie will hit theaters on May 6, 2022.