Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings could set up how Marvel Studios can utilize the Ant-Man franchise for a crossover movie or show.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sets up a crossover movie with characters from the Ant-Man franchise. Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 movie starring Simu Liu as the Master of Kung Fu is expected to be a mostly standalone adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shang-Chi will feature the debut of the real Mandarin after Iron Man 3‘s fakeout, but the cast features completely new MCU characters otherwise –at least as far as Marvel has revealed.
The movie is centered around Shang-Chi’s life as he is brought back to the criminal and martial arts world of the Ten Rings and his father. Shang-Chi grew up in this environment but was granted permission from the Mandarin to experience life away from the Ten Rings. The Shang-Chi trailer revealed that this brings Shang-Chi to spend 10 years on his own and seemingly settle down in San Francisco, California. Even though the majority of his solo movie is expected to take place in other parts of the world, the visit to San Francisco sets up how the MCU could make a Shang-Chi and Ant-Man crossover movie.
Now that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will reveal the Master of Kung Fu is living in the California city, he joins several other MCU heroes from the Ant-Man franchise who live there. This is where Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and Cassie Lang (who will be played by Kathryn Newton in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) all live at the end of Avengers: Endgame. It also was where Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) lived when he served as Scott’s parole officer. Like Shang-Chi, the Ant-Man franchise has made use of San Francisco for set pieces, and the close proximity of these MCU characters could help Marvel bring the two franchises together.
Naturally, there is already some speculation mounting about whether or not people from the Ant-Man franchise could secretly appear in some capacity. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings appears to be set after Endgame in the MCU timeline, which does make it possible logistically. Ant-Man and Wasp are around the city at this time, so Shang-Chi’s adventures could pique their interests. There is a chance that Jimmy Woo is no longer around, though, as he could be out of the state working on the fallout from WandaVision. So far, there are no signs that these characters will appear in Shang-Chi, but it would be a fun crossover to see at some point down the road.
Even if a true Shang-Chi/Ant-Man crossover movie doesn’t happen, there is still a great chance for the two franchises to collide as the MCU continues. Several fans are hoping that Shang-Chi’s debut and the return of Jimmy Woo in WandaVision sets up an Agents of Atlas Disney+ series or team-up movie. This could be one reason why Marvel placed Shang-Chi’s life in San Francisco so that he and Jimmy Woo can more easily cross paths. Now it is up to Marvel Studios to build on this subtle piece of set up in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and deliver an Ant-Man crossover.
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- Black Widow (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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How Shang-Chi Sets Up An Ant-Man Crossover Movie