Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu shares his thoughts on a potential sequel, and his hopes for more than one.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe star spoke to ComicBook.com about the Master of Kung Fu’s future on the big screen. When asked about Shang-Chi 2, Liu expressed his full commitment to the role in the long run. “I think I know as much as anyone else, right? There’s going to be a sequel, I think that part was obvious but it was also made official,” Liu said. “As far as when I think that’s just a question of timing and how well my back holds up through the years. I’ll make 40 of them if we can.”
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The original Shang-Chi film saw the character confront his father Wenwu (Tony Leung), who leads the Ten Rings organization. After stopping Wenwu from releasing the Dweller-in-Darkness from the Dark Gate, Shang-Chi inherits the ten rings, which Liu feels is a good starting point for the sequel. “I think just what Shaun decides to do with all this newfound power, you know? It kind of consumed his father, consumed Wenwu,” Liu said. “I’m curious as to how someone much younger, much more inexperienced, would fare against the rings.”
Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton is working on the early development stages of the story. Like Liu, Cretton expressed interest in following-up key plot threads from the previous film, including the mid-credits mystery of the beacon inside the ten rings. “There are a lot of ideas that we had in the opener, and some of those ideas are planted as questions, by the end of our movie,” he said.
“There are things that we potentially want to explore in the future,” Cretton added. “Everything changes so much, so it’s hard to say how many of those ideas will actually make it to the finish line, but there are many of them there.”
While Marvel Studios has not officially announced Shang-Chi 2, during San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Liu teased how busy he will be as the Master of Kung Fu in the MCU’s Phase 5. “I don’t want to jump the gun or anything, but I feel like there might be a couple of those, wouldn’t you say?” Liu said. “I was watching the presentation from… basically from Twitter and being like ‘Oh, I’m going to be busy! I’m going to be busy the next few years.'”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently streaming on Disney+. Shang-Chi 2 does not have a release window.