There are voids to be filled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Avengers line-up before the all-powerful team reappears in May and November 2025. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame brought the MCU’s Infinity Saga to a more than satisfactory end for comic fans and non-comic fans alike.

However, the final two epics also saw the demise of central figure Tony Stark; the rapid aging of Steve Rogers; and the sacrifice of Natasha Romanov. Of course, the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman in 2020 has necessitated the need for a substitute to adopt the Black Panther mantle,

while the three-eyed Doctor Strange seen at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, disappearing through a portal with the mysterious Clea, might not be the master of the mystic arts audiences have come to know and love.

Shang-Chi, a martial artist of the highest order, made his first MCU appearance in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In the film,

Shang-Chi, his friend Katy Chen, and his sister Xu Xialing unite to defeat the Ten Rings terrorist organization.

The movie’s mid-credit scene connects Shang-Chi to surviving Avengers; Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel all appear.

“Welcome to the circus,” Banner says to Shang-Chi and Chen. “From now on, the trajectory of your lives will be nothing like you have ever experienced before...

You both have a long journey ahead of you.” That journey could well take Shang-Chi to the Avengers, adding a master of kung fu to the litany of other legendary types.