One of the most awesome things we first learned about Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings was the epic showdown between Wong and the Abomination. Fans simply couldn't stop talking about the fight since it was first teased in the movie's trailer.
But how did the odd pairing happen in the first place? Destin Daniel Cretton has revealed how he came with the decision of pitting the two Marvel Cinematic Universe characters against each other.
Shang-Chi reintroduced Tim Roth's character from The Incredible Hulk and gave him the most unexpected opponent. After all, nobody ever thought that the gargantuan villain would end up in a cage fight with Benedict Wong's mononymous monk. However, Cretton and his team came up with the odd pairing while trying to figure out what would work best for the MCU.
"How we arrive at ideas is so hard to trace back to where they began," Cretton told The Hollywood Reporter. He then revealed it took several ideas before they thought about Emil Blonsky.
"Abomination was just a result of twenty-to-thirty what-ifs," Cretton confirmed. He then added that it would make perfect sense considering how Phase 4 is moving forward.
"Then we landed on a pairing that felt really great, but it was also a pairing that made sense to what's happening in the MCU around the time of our movie," Cretton said. "So there are definite links happening that you will pick up on if you're involved with everything else that's happening in the MCU."
The connection is revealed in the Shang-Chi mid-credits scene where [SPOILERS] Wong takes Shang-Chi and Katy to the Sanctum Sanctorum to meet Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers. It pretty much confirmed that Doctor Strange might take an interest in the ten rings.
But does this mean Shang-Chi will play an important role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Fans are certainly hoping to see more of Simu Liu in the future. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether the Kim's Convenience star will appear in the upcoming MCU sequel. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Tony Leung. The film is currently screening in theaters.