WARNING: This article contains full spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a complex film full of twists, turns, and betrayals. Over the course of the film, many secrets about the Marvel Cinematic Universe were revealed, including an unexpected turn of events during the last battle.
What happened at the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?
After Shang-Chi, Katy (Awkwafina), and his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) defeated the soulsuckers that emerged from the legendary scale gate, they discovered his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung) had died.
After a village-wide funeral, Shang-Chi and Katy returned to San Francisco where they regaled their friends with the epic story of their journey to acquire the Ten Rings.
At the final moment, Wong (Benedict Wong) arrived to bring them back to his headquarters, the Sanctum Sanctorum.
In the first post-credits scene Wong discusses the Ten Rings with Shang-Chi, Katy, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).
Each of the Avengers confesses they have no idea where the Ten Rings originated from.
Bruce confirms they are not nuclear, while Captain Marvel reveals they are not intergalactic.
One thing is for sure: The Ten Rings were letting off a beacon to somewhere unknown.
In the Marvel comic books, the Ten Rings were made by the Makluans, a reptilian alien race that are billions of years old.
On top of having incredible inherent powers, they also had the ability to create the magical Ten Rings.
They were originally used to conquer and destroy alien realms across the universe.
This beacon Bruce, Wong and Captain Marvel mentioned could be hinting at Shang-Chi’s next enemies.
The Makluans come from a planet named Maklu-4 – somewhere that has not yet been explored in the MCU.
Considering how mystical Shang-Chi’s story is, he may be tasked with taking on these galactic evildoers alongside some other Avengers, including the likes of Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch.
The second post-credits scene showed Xialing taking hold of the Ten Rings organisation.
Following the death of her father, Xialing obviously decided she would reclaim what was rightfully hers: The family’s power.
Earlier in the film, Xialing revealed she was building her own empire without her father’s help.
Now, as the leader of the malevolent Ten Rings organisation, she may end up being an enemy to Shang-Chi in future films.
But with his sister on the wrong side of the law, will Shang-Chi be able to fight his sister if he really needs to?
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in cinemas now.