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Shang-Chi Alternate Ending Changed the Fate of One Major Character

Director Destin Daniel Cretton revealed that there was another way Shang-Chi could have ended, and it would have made a significant change to the movie’s outcome.

At one-time, you understood where you stood with a motion picture – it had a beginning, center and also certain end. Then, many filmmakers started sharing stories of how their movie could have ended differently, or in some cases how they shot a different ending that didn't sit well with test audiences, and also with the birth of home video these alternative endings became part and parcel of the filmmaking process for numerous.

Marvel are no exception, as there have been many times that they have come up with alternative storylines, endings and even characters, and it looks like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is no exception as director Destin Daniel Cretton has revealed that there was an alternative ending for one character who didn't make it out of the motion picture alive.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Destin Cretton revealed that in one version of the film, Shang-Chi's father Wenwu, aka The Mandarin, doesn't meet his end. While in many ways, the death of the leader of the Ten Rings is necessary for the Rings to end up with Shang-Chi, but there are always ways around this kind of plot device, and in a potential alternate reality, there was an option for Wenwu to live.

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“Some things just work and some things don't. We're constantly searching for the version of the story that feels most authentic to the characters,” Cretton told Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, even though these characters are operating on a very operatic level, there's still things that you try that just feel like cheats. And that was one of them. But, you know, also in the MCU, anything can happen.”

In the movie as it stands, Wenwu has his soul sucked from his body by Dweller in Darkness, which passes the Ten Rings on to Shang-Chi and eventually allows him to defeat the evil dragon. How this can have all come about if Wenwu lived is something we may or may not find out when the movie is released on Blu-Ray and DVD, when the alternative outcome could be one of the expected deleted scenes to be included.

With Wenwu gone, the movie sets up a new leader of the Ten Rings organization, which it is promised will return in future, and also in the post credits there is a big hint that the notable absence of the dragon Fin Fang Foom in the movie could have been on purpose, and he may appear in a subsequent outing for Shang-Chi, as teased by Cretton in his additional comments.

“If you look into the comics, if you watch that end-credit sequence, it's not– You don't have to dig very deep to at least point yourself in a direction. (Laughs.) It's definitely there.”

The post credits of the movie also bring Shang-Chi directly in contact with two members of the Avengers team, aligning him up nicely for when the next collaborative Avengers movie rolls out sometime in the future. Meanwhile, as we know with Marvel, there is no telling exactly where Simu Liu's hero will turn up next, but we will continue to watch the developing MCU as we head deeper into the multiverse and towards the much rumored Secret Wars spectacle.

There is a current trend on TikTok involving a song about Jeff Bezos where you are meant to show where you came from and where you have made it to, and it looks like Shang-Chi's Simu Liu could well jump on it with a recent tweet in which he unearthed some stock footage photos he created back in 2014 which finished up being used in something a long way from his new Marvel persona. As Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsdestroyed the weekend box office competition, its lead star was happily having a laugh at one of his previous jobs as a stock photo model.

As a martial arts epic, Shang-Chi is a world away from the business themed images that have surfaced thanks to the actor himself, who noted that there was something more than a little ironic about where the photos ended up being used.

There is a current trend on TikTok involving a song about Jeff Bezos where you are meant to show where you came from and where you have made it to, and it looks like Shang-Chi's Simu Liu could well jump on it with a recent tweet in which he unearthed some stock footage photos he created back in 2014 which ended up being used in something a long way from his new Marvel persona. As Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsdestroyed the weekend box office competition, its lead star was happily having a laugh at one of his previous jobs as a stock photo model.

As a martial arts epic, Shang-Chi is a world away from the business themed images that have surfaced thanks to the actor himself, who noted that there was something more than a little ironic about where the photos ended up being used.

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“Call @AlanisMorissette because I just died from irony. I did a stock photo shoot in 2014 and it ended up here. I used to be an accountant,” Simu Liu posted back in 2017 when someone rediscovered the images. Now they have surfaced once again thanks to the burst in interest in the actor following Shang-Chi's cinematic debut this past weekend.

With Simu Liu being suddenly thrust into the public eye, there are many people just discovering this aspect of the star's history, and therefore have been questioning why Liu sees them as ironic and tagged in Alanis Morissette in his original post. He explained at the time, “This is massively ironic because i worked for deloitte out of business school and got laid off because i was so bad hahahaha.”

Thanks to his new Marvel role, there are fans calling for someone to give the images a little makeover to include Shang-Chi's costume in the photos, and as we know, once something like that is requested it will only be a matter of time before it becomes reality, so keep an eye on those hashtags on Twitter and Istagram for when the magic happens.

Shang-Chi became the first movie of the MCU's Phase 4 slate to get a theatrical only release after Black Widow received a Day and Date simultaneous one back in July. Disney and Marvel made it clear that the theatrical release of many upcoming Marvel movies was reliant on Shang-Chi doing well at the box office this past weekend. With the movie smashing the Labour Day weekend box office record previously held by Rob Zombie's Halloween, and also surpassing Black Widow, there is very little chance of Disney now delivering Eternals as anything other than an exclusive theatrical release.

As well as its box office success, the movie has also been a huge hit with both critics and target markets, earning itself a 92% Rotten Tomatoes approval rate, and also a 98% rating from fans. While the film provides a strong origin story for the newest addition to the Avengers family, it also manages to tie into the MCU in a number of ways that has left fans eagerly awaiting the next installment of both Shang-Chi's own story and also the overall progression of the MCU. Shang-Chi and also the Legend of the Ten Rings is out currently in movie theaters.

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