Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu jokes online about his brief “cameo” in the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law season finale.
Warning! SPOILERS for She-Hulk season 1 finale.Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu playfully references She-Hulk: Attorney at Law by making a joke about his brief appearance in the season’s final episode. Liu made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut over a year ago when he played the titular character of Shang-Chi in his very own solo film. Not only did the 2021 movie introduce the character into the larger world of the MCU, it also cemented a place for him going forward with its post-credits scene and by tying in pre-existing characters like Wong, the Abomination, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel, with the first three appearing in She-Hulk as well.
Despite more for the character being teased, Shang-Chi has yet to make an appearance in any of the subsequent MCU movies or shows, and while the events of Shang-Chi does play into the story of She-Hulk, the character does not return himself. However, while Liu may not physically appear as Shang-Chi, he still manages to make an appearance in the show’s season finale. When Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk breaks the fourth wall to enter the real world, she can be seen popping out of her own thumbnail on the Marvel Disney+ homepage. Here, audiences are also able to see Liu as Shang-Chi, both on his own movie’s thumbnail and on the Marvel homepage banner.
On his official Twitter account, Liu recently posted a screenshot of the scene in She-Hulk where his character’s image appears. He makes a joke in the caption, stating that the scene is his much anticipated return to the MCU. Check out the Tweet below:
Where Will Shang-Chi Appear Next in the MCU
While Liu’s post is played off for laughs, it should still spark excitement for fans of the character as they wait for when Shang-Chi really does make his triumphant return. As with most MCU characters, where Marvel plans to take Shang-Chi has been mostly kept under wraps. However, with a Shang-Chi sequel in development and director Destin Daniel Cretton set to return to helm the film, the question of the character’s return is more a matter of when than if. Meanwhile, Cretton is currently involved in other upcoming MCU projects like Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and a planned Wonder Man series. While this is far from a confirmation that Shang-Chi will appear, it would not be a far stretch to guess that Cretton would want to keep utilizing the character that brought him to the MCU, much like the Russo Brothers had done with Captain America.
How the MCU decides to build off of Shang-Chi remains to be seen. However, Liu’s small shoutout to his “cameo” in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a nice reminder that he seems about as excited to return and continue to be a part of the MCU as his fans are to see him do so. Hopefully, when fans do see Shang-Chi back on screen for real, the moment will truly be a triumphant one.
Source: Simu Liu/Twitter