“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” continues to hit the box office. The feature film ends with a question: where do the ten rings come from? Here are our theories to explain their origins.
The ten rings: from rings to bracelets
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the 25th Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie (MCU). Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the work introduces a new character to the MCU: Shang-Chi. The latter, played by Simu Liu, is the master of kung fu in the comics. While he has no power he must face the terrible Mandarin, an iconic villain of the comics, who never separates from his rings, overpowered artifacts he found in a crashed alien ship in Valley of the Spirits.
These ten rings give it unparalleled power. Each of the rings offers a particular power. Corn Daniel Destin Cretton preferred to materialize these rings in another form. Indeed, to avoid too much of a resemblance to the infinity stones, these rings have become bracelets, and their powers have been drastically reduced. As for their origin, it will obviously be different in the MCU.
One of the post-credits scenes of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings features Bruce Banner, Captain Marvel, Wong, and Shang-Chi studying the origin of these rings. Bruce Banner says their creation dates back millennia, long before The Mandarin took it over. However, he does not manage to concretely explain their genesis. Here are our theories to explain where these mighty rings come from!
Kang the Conqueror
Kang the Conqueror has only just been introduced to the MCU. In the very last episode of the series Loki, actor Jonathan Majors lends his features to the mighty Kang, one of the most famous time travelers in the entire Marvel Universe. The latter proves to be an outstanding manipulator and knows practically the entire time continuum. Among his almost limitless powers, Kang uses very advanced technology from the 31st century. The ten rings could thus be a product made in the future, to then be deposited in the distant past to serve Kang’s purposes.
The Makluans: the real creators of the rings
In the comics, readers learn that the rings were created by an alien race referred to as the Makluans. One of its most famous representatives is Fin Fang Foom, a huge green dragon, who has made numerous comic book appearances, often as Shang-Chi’s antagonist. Even if there is little chance, maybe the MCU will introduce the race of Makluans and thus respect the initial material by defining them as the creators of the ten rings.
The Quantum Realm
In the post-credits sequence set out above, Captain Marvel claims that the rings do not have a cosmic origin. So it could be that the rings do not come from space. However, maybe these bracelets are from another dimension, like for example the Quantum Realm. Addressed numerous times in different MCU movies like the two Ant-Man, Avengers: Endgame or even the series What If …?, however, it has not yet been developed and truly explained. The ten rings could therefore be from the Quantum Realm, and be the product of an unrecognized civilization.
The ten rings could be connected to Dweller-in-Darkness (The Inhabitant of Darkness), the film’s ultimate big villain Shang-Chi. The huge creature that breaks free at the end of the feature film is from another dimension called Everinnye. The power used to forge the rings could have originated from this evil place. The Dweller-in-Darkness is a protagonist who blurs the line between the cosmic and the mystical. And the ten rings are also a mixture of these two forces. Their origin could then be from this mysterious place.
The Celestials or the Eternals
Although Carol Danvers claims that the origin of the rings is not cosmic, maybe she is wrong. Because the main theory concerns the Celestials or the Eternals. The Celestials are among the most powerful beings in the entire Marvel Universe. They have created a technology that exceeds all earthly knowledge. Even though they’ve been cited across the MCU before, they will be developed in the movies The Eternals. And the ten rings could be a relic left by the Celestials on Earth years ago …