This weekend, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings accomplished what seemed impossible. It not only became one of the most successful premieres of the months since the pandemic began. In addition, it brought a virtually unknown hero to the top of the box office, who ended up becoming the sensation of the weekend. Against the odds, the origin film for the franchise’s first Asian superhero became a resounding critical and box office success.
And to celebrate, Marvel just shared a clip showing the most unexpected crossover. One that also makes it clear that the “House of ideas” intends to include its hero in various future projects. But now, the novelty managed to unite two of the recent stories in a formidable, funny and unexpected scene.
In the short video, Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) can be seen arriving at an underground fighting club in Macau. A scene almost identical to the one seen in the film. In the same way that it happens in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, the hero is in search of his sister Xialing (Meng’er Zhang). But this time, the host, Jon Jon (Ronnie Chieng), who in the film relegated Shang – Chi to the background, is more interested in our hero. And as they roam the battle arena, it shows various “low-level” fights that are streamed live over the dark web.
In one in particular, fans of Black Widow will be able to recognize Helen (Jade Xu), one of the freed black widows from the Red Room. In turn, the character fights someone who appears to have received the Extremis treatment from Iron Man 3. In a completely unexpected twist, Jon Jon clarifies that due to Shang-Chi’s status as a new star, he currently has a new status. He will now fight in the center ring, where Wong and the Abomination are currently in a duel.
It is a recognition of the success of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. But also, the importance of black widows, questioned after the legal battle of Scarlett Johansson against Disney. However, the clip makes it clear that Marvel does not plan to waste one of the characters with the most potential of the recent production. Before acting, Xu was a competitive athlete in wushu, a sport derived from Chinese martial arts. In fact, she was the gold medal winner at the World Wushu Championships three times representing Italy.
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Earlier this year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed Xu’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “One of the widows, Jade Xu, was born in China and is a multiple world wushu champion,” he tweeted from the official Marvel Studios account. “He may even have a short cameo in a future Marvel movie …” he concluded.