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How Many Post-Credits Scenes Does Shang-Chi Have?

Marvel movies have turned the post-credits scene into an art — multiple scenes are inserted into almost every movie, and everyone knows to stay for them. Some foreshadow future events or extend the narrative of the current movie, making them can't-miss parts of the cinematic experience. Some are hilarious (shawarma, anyone?) and some are shockingly cool, with implications all across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like the one in "Iron Man" that kinda kick-started the whole MCU when Nick Fury informs Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), "You've become part of a bigger universe."

So, it's natural to wonder, with "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" being one of the first movies in Phase Four and thus ripe to foreshadow future events, what's in store for those who brave the theaters this holiday weekend for Shang-Chi? Just how many mid- or post-credits scenes will you have to stay for in order to get the full import of the movie? Are they worth the wait?

There are two scenes, both of which set up future events

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" has two post-credit scenes. More accurately, it has one mid-credit scene and one post-credit scene, so you'll absolutely have to stay to the end. 

The first scene brings in some other Marvel characters into the mix; you'll want to pay attention to who they aren't and the way they look for clues as to timeline and potential plot points. Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), Katy (Awkwafina), and Wong (Benedict Wong) consult members of the Avengers about the origin of the rings, and the facts they glean make these artifacts a possible tie to the next film in the franchise, "Eternals."

The second post-credits scene focuses on Xialing (Meng'er Zhang), who previously wasn't necessarily seen as an antagonist. This bit may change that view, though, as she does something unexpected and possibly sets herself up for a prime position in a potential "Shang-Chi" sequel, which everyone knows is probably coming. This one is a more straightforward narrative preview that could portend the future of "Shang-Chi."

It won't be long before the next MCU movies come out: "Eternals" will bow on Nov. 5, followed by "Spider-Man: No Way Home" in short order on Dec. 17. Hopefully, viewers will get some answers to the questions raised in these trailers soon — although it's just as likely those movies will also bring up more questions.