“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has been in theaters since September 1. As its name suggests, the film is particularly about the legend of the Ten Rings. But did you know that the Ten Rings organization has appeared several times in the MCU before?
Shang-Chi : what is the organization of the Ten Rings
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the 25th Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie. This allows to introduce a new hero in the Marvel universe: Shang-Chi. The latter, played by Simu Liu, has a very strong relationship to the ten rings. In the comics, these are ten rings that give its holder unlimited powers. In Destin Daniel Cretton’s feature film, these rings have become bracelets, and the powers of these rings have been largely limited compared to the comics.
Spectators also learn that Ten Rings is the name of a terrorist organization dominated by The Mandarin, and which has been operating in the shadows for centuries. This organization is identified by an easily recognizable symbol: ten rings that form a circle.
But did you know that this symbol has appeared numerous times in the MCU before? The most observant may have already noticed it. For the others, we give you a little summary.
The Ten Rings organization appears in the very first MCU movie. In 2008, Tony Stark was kidnapped in Afghanistan by a terrorist organization to force him to build missiles. During this sequence, the Ten Rings flag sits proudly, several times in the background.
The scenario goes even further since the character of Yinsen, played by Shaun Toub, does not hesitate to quote the organization of the Ten Rings when Tony Stark asks him “who are these guys?” “. All of this suggests that The Mandarin already had some against Tony Stark by this time. It’s hard to know if in 2008, when Jon Favreau directed Iron man, this easter egg was already a clue to the future of the MCU, or a simple reference to comics. We lean more towards the second hypothesis.
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This time, the organization is never mentioned vocally. But if we refer to the comics, It’s an agent of the Ten Rings who comes to help Ivan Vanko, alias Whiplash, played by Mickey Rourke, to mount his revenge against Tony Stark, especially in Monaco.
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The, the references are clear. The Ten Rings flag appears many times, especially when the fake Mandarin shares his terrorist videos. Each of the interventions of Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) in the skin of this fake Mandarin is preceded by the symbol of the Ten Rings.
Likewise, Le Mandarin is a direct reference to this organization, and bears ten rings around his fingers in reference to comics. If all these nods have crept into the Iron Man movies, it’s not for nothing, since in the comics The Mandarin is one of Tony Stark’s worst enemies.
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This is a short film produced by Marvel Studios to explain the fate of Trevor Slattery. Entitled Long live the king, it is available in the DVD bonuses of Thor: The Dark World. This short story tells how a Mandarin agent goes to meet Trevor Slattery. The latter, played by Scoot McNairy, is an agent of the Ten Rings, who repatriates Trevor Slattery to the real Mandarin.. On his wrist is a tattoo of the Ten Rings.
In the very first season of the series Daredevil on Netflix, a discreet reference to the Ten Rings also appears. The vigilante meets the leader of the Russian mafia Vladimir Ranskahov. The latter also wears a tattoo of the Ten Rings, which suggests that this organization forms alliances with many groups such as the mafias, La Main or HYDRA.
At the beginning of the film, a group of HYDRA precisely, tries to grab the costume of Yellowjacket. One of the agents in the field also wears a Ten Rings tattoo. Which suggests that The Mandarin has agents hidden in all organizations. Or that HYDRA and the Ten Rings work together.
Obviously, Shang-Chi further develop this organization, which ultimately ends up in the hands of Xialing, the hero’s sister. It is difficult, for the moment, to know which direction the organization will take from now on.