MCU Theory: How Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings and Ms. Marvel’s Bracelet Connect to Kang and Avengers: Secret Wars
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Multiverse Saga hasn’t been the clearest in letting us know how the films and TV shows in the franchise all lead into a larger story arc. However, one of the most crucial Phase 5 movies is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will officially introduce the big main villain of this new MCU Saga, Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). After the first Ant-Man and the Wasp The trailer made its way online, fans and theorists alike noticed a key detail in the footage: the technological design and aesthetic of Kang’s home base and deadly armada.
Kang Tech: form and function
The technology Kang works with (from ships, to power sources, to what is presumably his time-jumping city, Chronopolis) all have remarkable circular designs – Kang’s city and fleet all appear to have ring-shaped objects that revolve around them, or form a kind of protective dome around them (the full function has not yet been revealed). Fans were quick to notice that these ringed designs in Kang’s tech are very much in line with the bracelet Kamala Khan donned to become Ms. Marvel – which was itself clearly on a similar design path to the Ten Rings that belong now in Shang-Chi. This raised the question of what larger purpose all of these powerful Ringed Objects have in the Multiverse Saga – and we have a theory!
As fans have noticed, Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaThe trailer begins with a direct link to Shang-Chi. Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) builds a beacon which she sends into the Quantum Realm, presumably giving Kang (or someone else?) an opening to suck her in and the rest of the Lang/Pym family. , in the quantum realm. The plot hints of Ant-Man 3 seem to suggest that Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer) might know something – or where something is – that Kang was looking for. Knowing Kang (a threat to multiple realities and history timelines) this artifact probably isn’t good for the multiverse – and the tease of a movie called The Kang Dynasty (directed by Shang-Chi’s Destin Daniel Cretton) suggests that bad things will eventually happen if (when) Kang gets that MacGuffin.
Shang-Chi and Ms. Marvel Could Have Kang’s Power
Suppose Kang gets the Marvel MacGuffin(s) needed to end the multiverse or create his own new sacred timeline: that’s pretty much what fans think is the MCU’s precedent for the launch of his version of “Secret Wars” for Avengers: Secret Wars.
In the comics, Marvel’s 2010s Secret Wars event saw every reality in the Marvel Comics Universe destroyed in massive incursions, while a merged world made up of different realities was created by a villain who ruled this new reality as God-King (Doom). The surviving heroes have either been transported to this new reality or have managed to get there on their own – and that’s where Shang-Chi and Ms. Marvel can step in.
The running theory here is that the Kang technology seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has the pointed function of generating blue energy that protects the world and Kang’s army from interdimensional travel, or changes in time and/or reality, as Kang jumps from one dimension to another to conquer and /or eradicate. If this power works for Kang, it can also work for heroes!
The assumption here is that the energy source Kang uses for his temporal powers to travel through time and across realities is the same one that Shang-Chi’s rings and/or Ms. Marvel’s bracelet channel. This would explain why Shang-Chi’s rings were able to open a portal to another (dark) dimension; or why Kamala Khan was able to travel back in time to come full circle on the origin of her own family’s superpowers.
Rings of power – and protection
Basically, the assumption is that whoever is with Shang-Chi and/or Ms. Marvel at the time Kang causes a massive incursion of realities (and/or forges his “Battleworld”) will be kept alive and safe by the Power of Ten. . Rings and bracelet. Additional speculation is that these items (and possibly others like them that will be revealed later) will be like Infinity Stones, and Kang may be looking for them to harness their power, after the events of Quantumania unfold.
Either way, betting money is on any Marvel hero who wields or possesses a circular stripe or blue energy. MacGuffin will be one of the main ‘Avengers’ characters featured in Secret Wars. Shang-Chi has already been welcomed into the circle of the Avengers (post-credits scene) and Kamala Khan is about to embark on an interstellar adventure with Captain Marvel (Wonders) – so they both already have enough connections to bring an impressive team to Kang’s Battleworld. It wouldn’t be surprising if Reed Richards created his own way of tapping into that temporal energy to propel a life raft (just like in the comics) with a few others in tow…
Avengers: Kang Dynasty will be in theaters in May 2025. Avengers: Secret Wars is scheduled for May 2026.