Although Easter eggs have become the norm for fans of comic book movies, not all of the hidden gems are a reminder of a comic book storyline. Sometimes Easter eggs belong to the larger universe displayed in the movie itself. This is exactly the case with Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. While there are certainly plenty of nods to the original comic book stories, there are also a handful of Easter Eggs for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Specifically, these Easter eggs refer to the Snap, when Thanos snapped his fingers and half the population is gone. While Shang-Chi doesn’t devote much of his screenplay to the effects of the disappearance (and reappearance in the Blip) of people like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier did, the movie gives a nod to how the world has changed – and which characters survived the initial Snap.
5 Lil Nas X survived the breakup
One fan theory that has made the rounds on social media is that artist Lil Nas X survived the Snap to continue making music. This is due in large part to the fact that Katy and “Shaun” sang her hit song “Old Town Road” during their all-night karaoke session. In the real world, the song was released after the Snap.
Because Shang-Chi takes place the year after the Blip, it’s entirely possible that the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline is different for pop culture than it is for the real world. Lil Nas X could have released the song earlier, or even after the Blip. The idea, however, is fun and makes fans wonder what other influential pop culture figures would have survived the Snap and continued to create content for the world during a time of upheaval and trauma.
4 There are post-blip support groups
During the events of Avengers: Endgame, audiences saw Steve Rogers help lead a support group for those who have lost loved ones to the Thanos Snap. This idea is not fully realized in the MCU, although now they are support groups for those affected by the Blip. When the camera lingers outside Katy’s building at the start of the film, the wall is littered with posters and flyers for passers-by. One of them reads: “Post-Blip Anxiety? You are not alone. It also includes the phone number for the national Blip support hotline.
That’s a good idea since the film doesn’t go into detail on how people deal with returning to a world that has already mourned their loss. It makes perfect sense that those who experienced this loss five years ago weren’t the only ones feeling stress and anxiety. Those who return to a world where their children are older, their house has been sold, and the world has moved on could certainly benefit from a little help.
3 Shang-Chi and Katy survived the breakup
While it isn’t much of a question whether Katy and Shang-Chi’s lives were personally affected by the Snap, one thing is clear is that the duo survived the Snap to live those five years before the Snap. Blip. Neither of them vocally confirms that they survived the Snap, but the costumes and a conversation with Katy’s mom do. When Katy and Shang-Chi go out for karaoke, he wears one of his high school shirts with “Class of 2017” written on the back.
While this may just be a random shirt and not reflect his own high school diploma, it seems unlikely as it would fit the movie’s timeline. If Shang-Chi was born in 1999 and ran away from home at age 14, he would likely be 18 in the same year he graduated from high school. In addition to her shirt, Katy’s mom also comments on her attending Berkeley after high school and graduating with honors. Unless she was a few years older than Shang-Chi, which there is no indication, it would have taken her a few years to attend college. This must have happened during the five years between the Snap and the Blip.
2 A post-blip dating app exists
It’s not just support group posters on the wall outside Katy’s family home. Among the flyers, some of which are pasted on the support group poster, are advertisements for real estate sales, bereavement advice and life insurance. All of these are signs that people are aware that anyone could be gone in an instant after what happened with the Snap. Among them, however, are also posters for BlipSync.
The Easter egg is never mentioned by name in Shang-Chi, although several posters depict different couples on it. While the rest of the text is blurry, it looks like they might say, “there’s someone for everyone.” Journalist Joanna Robinson Guessed BlipSync Is A Dating App for those looking to connect in a world that has been turned upside down. Everyone should adapt, first to Snap, then to Blip, so it’s no surprise that at least one of the many dating apps specializes in this particular area.
1 Xialing and Wenwu survived the breakup
The characters in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings seem to have been very lucky in terms of Snap. While this wiped out half the population, it didn’t wipe out many of them. Even Xialing and Wenwu seem to have survived the Snap. Wenwu makes it clear that Shang-Chi and Xialing, despite their flight, were never really released from him. He notices several times that he has given himself 10 years in Shang-Chi. His wording, and the fact that the Ten Rings still seem to be organized under his command, means he lived the five years after the Snap knowing exactly where his children were.
A few years younger than her brother, Xialing was left in her father’s compound when Shang-Chi was sent on her first mission for her father. He chose this mission to run away from home at the age of 14. She explains to him and Katy that she waited six years for him to return before using the tunnels under the enclosure to escape. This means that she’s on her own and has been building her underground battle ring for about four years. It also means that Xialing and Wenwu were alive and well for the entire five-year jump in the MCU.
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