‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, the second film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first to present us with a new character that will join the ranks of heroes and heroines, has already arrived in theaters. of the House of Ideas on the big and small screen. Simu Liu embodies this mythical character from the comics that we meet for the first time in the MCU, but of course his film is full of connections with everything we have seen so far. As it is quite likely that we do not have time to review the previous 24 films, we are going to highlight the most important titles that we should have fresh before going to the cinema to meet Shang-Chi.
1 ‘Hombre de Hierro’
We start at the beginning. As the very title of the Destin Daniel Cretton film indicates, the Ten Rings make an appearance again. What should they sound like to us? Back in 2008, when the UCM took its first steps with Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark was kidnapped by a terrorist organization called The Ten Rings. That organization returns in ‘Shang-Chi’ and very centrally in the plot, so it is worth remembering where we saw them for the first time in this cinematic universe.
2 ‘The incredible Hulk’
The MCU’s most forgotten film is finding its place in Phase 4. In ‘Black Widow’ we rewatch William Hurt as Secretary of Defense Ross, and in ‘Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings’ we meet again with Abomination, the villain played by Tim Roth who already appeared in the trailer. Since we will not only see him here but also return in the ‘She-Hulk’ series, it is time to remember the ill-fated movie of the green giant and witness again the transformation of Emil Blonsky into, literally, an Abomination.
3 ‘Iron Man 3’
Everything indicated that Tony Stark was finally going to face the leader of The Ten Rings, the Mandarin, in the Shane Black film. However, much was said at the time of the script twist that was that Ben Kingsley did not play the mythical villain but was Trevor Slattery, an actor hired by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to pose as the leader of the organization. In ‘Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings’ we will meet Wenwu, the character of Tony Leung, the father of the protagonist and true Mandarin. Maybe they make some reference to the fake Mandarin, so it is better to have it recent. And we remember that in the DVD of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ we can find ‘All Hail the King’, the short that was part of the Marvel One Shot and that showed us Trevor in jail.
4 ‘Doctor Strange’
In addition to Abomination, in the trailer we also saw Wong, the character of Benedict Wong we met on ‘Doctor Strange’. Between this appearance and the weight of magic in ‘Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings’, even if it is of another type, Scott Derrickson’s film is also an interesting addition to the previous viewing and will prepare us for what awaits us with ‘Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness’.
5 ‘Avengers: Endgame’
The film that was the culmination of a plan that seemed impossible and that is also a turning point in the MCU. Everything that comes after is marked by the final showdown with Thanos and the Snap’s reversal. As before ‘Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings’ we went back to the past with ‘Black Widow’ it is time to catch up and remember how Phase 3 ended for enter absolutely prepared, now yes, in the true cinematic beginning of Phase 4.
All movies are available in streaming on Disney +. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is already in theaters.