Over the last few years, we have seen massive crossover events take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This comes after a sufficient number of these characters were well established in the MCU. The crossover events include both team-up events like Avengers to one of the major crossover of characters in the third Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War. While the story in the latter was something that showed us the relationship between Captain America and the Winter Soldier. There was a massive impact on the whole of MCU due to those events. There are also some movies where we have hardly seen any involvement from other MCU characters. Where were the Avengers during Shang-Chi? Let’s take a look at the possible explanation for the absence of the rest of the Avengers in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Compared to most of the other MCU projects, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stands alone during most of the runtime of the film. While we do get a hint or a nod to certain characters here and there but they didn’t play any major role in the movie. The titular character, Shang-Chi had to deal with some of the major events by himself. Any other involvement by any other character didn’t seem to take place during the crucial battle scenes. This played an essential role for the character as he is made to deal with his own devils. Another benefit of this was because the movie had a lot to introduce us to with a wide range of characters and whole new worlds too. Certain elements presented in the movie might actually end up being essential parts going ahead in the MCU.
The Events Of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The Dweller-in-Darkness was the major antagonist in the movie. It was a massive threat to Ta Lo and everything Ta Lo was meant to be. At the same time, this monster was also a major threat to the Marvel Cinematic Universe considering it would have now been able to enter this dimension. This makes us wonder where were the other Avengers as they could have helped Shang-Chi take down this enemy and reduce the number of casualties.
Where Were The Avengers?
Let’s take a glance at the timeline during which the events of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings take place. From certain mentions, it is fairly clear that most of the events took place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. This gives us a lot to guess about the Avengers. While Iron Man and Black Widow are dead by then. At the same time, we can say that Captain America is also out of the picture.
Scarlet Witch could possibly be at her cabin during this time. Similarly, we know The Falcon & The Winter Soldier showed us that the titular characters were busy with their own stuff. Thor must have been with the Guardians of the Galaxy and we will find more about him from the upcoming movie. Even though Hawkeye won’t have arrived at the scene but we will get to see more about him in the upcoming show.
The presence of Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel in the mid-credit scene plays an essential part in the movie. The sudden emergency Captain Marvel refers to could be the very event leading up to The Marvels. A massive change is seen in the character of Bruce Banner, whom we had last seen as Smart Hulk. This transition would probably be explained in She-Hulk. They play a major role in giving us a bit more interest in the origin of the Ten Rings which could be an essential topic in the future of MCU.
An important detail is the fact that Wong mentions that he was made aware of the Rings when Shang-Chi used them for the first time. While Wong appears a lot in the movie we also get to see a different side to him. It also makes us wonder regarding Doctor Strange which would probably be explained in Spider-Man: No Way Home or Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Since Shang Chi is now confirmed to be a New Avenger we can only assume him also making an appearance in any of the future MCU projects.