Ms. Marvel supports theories suggesting Kamala Khan’s superpowers are secretly connected to Shang-Chi and his mysterious Ten Rings weapon. Here’s why Ms. Marvel’s mysterious bracelet could be a sister weapon to Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings. Iman Vellani makes her long-awaited MCU debut in Ms. Marvel as Kamala Khan – a huge superhero fan, constant day-dreamer, and cosplay extraordinaire who worships Captain Marvel above all. Looking to inject some Pakistani heritage into her Carol Danvers costume ahead of AvengerCon, Kamala digs out a mysterious bracelet previously owned by her grandmother, but upon (eventually) getting the trinket on her arm, the superhero fan gains superpowers of her own.
Ms. Marvel drastically alters the nature and origin of Kamala Khan’s gifts compared to Marvel’s comic books, but this isn’t the first power-granting weapon introduced by MCU Phase 4 – 2021’s Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings got there first with the titular Ten Rings weapon. Worn for centuries by Shang-Chi’s father, Wenwu, this formidable treasure brought “The Mandarin” wealth untold and immortal life before the Ten Rings eventually fell to Shang-Chi himself. Much remains unknown about where this potent relic originated from, but Shang-Chi’s post-credits sequence teases answers are forthcoming. Indeed, Ms. Marvel might hold the key. Soon after initial trailer footage unveiled Kamala Khan’s bracelet for the first time, theories emerged linking her powers to Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings. That connection looks even stronger now Ms. Marvel has now landed on Disney+, with various strange parallels and curious similarities coming to light. Are Kamala Khan’s bracelet and the Ten Rings connected, and what would that mean for the MCU’s future?
Ms. Marvel’s Bracelet & Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings Are Similar – Immediately, Ms. Marvel’s mystical bracelet shares a visual resemblance to the Ten Rings from Shang-Chi. Since both feature metallic rose gold coloring, they could feasibly be constructed from the very same base metal Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel failed to identify in Shang-Chi’s post-credits sequence. Each weapon also comes decorated by ornate patterns and symbols, pointing toward a common craftsman. In functional terms, the Ten Rings and the Khan family heirloom both attach to the user’s arm and immediately bestow power upon the wearer. As demonstrated in Shang-Chi, however, the Ten Rings require a master who can prove their worthiness – hence the final battle sees Shang-Chi gradually wrestle each bangle away from his treacherous father. Ms. Marvel’s bracelet may work via a similar principle. Perhaps Kamala Khan struggles to unclasp the bracelet initially because the artifact had to recognize her as a worthy recipient first.
The powers themselves then forge another connection between Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi. In the latter, Wenwu’s Ten Rings exude glowing blue energy its master can hurl toward enemies, use as a shield, or forge into a whip. The light is orange for Shang-Chi, but the MCU hasn’t yet addressed why. With her bracelet in place, Ms. Marvel’s Kamala Khan shoots blue energy constructs from her wrist. Though the application is slightly different (Wenwu fired the actual rings connected by energy; Kamala just fires the energy itself) both weapons share the same fundamental principle of casting blue-colored light that adopts a physical form to attack, defend, or fire at long-range. That two weapons in MCU Phase 4 not only share a visual resemblance but give their respective heroes remarkably similar abilities is surely no coincidence. Ms. Marvel episode 1 then drops another massive Shang-Chi clue. Shang-Chi’s post-credits scene revealed the Ten Rings had sent a beacon sensed at Kamar-Taj, teasing multiverse shenanigans afoot, though the message’s destination and recipient remain unknown. When Kamala first dons the bracelet in Ms. Marvel episode 1, she’s transported to a strange world – potentially an afterlife plane, but maybe somewhere in the multiverse. If her relic has multiverse-breaking properties akin to the Ten Rings’ beacon, a meaningful connection must surely exist between Shang-Chi’s favorite accessory and Kamala Khan’s last-minute cosplay addition.
Gary Oldman On Almost Playing General Grievous In Star Wars Prequels
Academy Award-winning actor Gary Oldman reveals why he had to step down from voicing General Grevious in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Gary Oldman opens up about nearly voicing General Grievous in the Star Wars prequels. Released in 2005, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith was billed at the time as the final Star Wars movie, closing out the prequel trilogy. The film grossed $868 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing film of the year domestically and the second-highest-grossing film worldwide.
While audiences were turning out to see how Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader, the film also introduced a fresh new villain to the franchise in the form of the lightsaber-wielding cyborg General Grievous. Much like Boba Fett before him, Grievous made his introduction into the Star Wars universe first in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars in an episode airing in 2004. While Grievous only made one appearance in the film series, the character has become a beloved staple of the franchise and has appeared multiple times in the computer-animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars with all the character’s appearances following Revenge of the Sith being voiced by ILM sound editor Matthew Wood. George Lucas dropped out of both the Director’s Guild of America and The Writer’s Guild of America following a dispute over keeping the opening crawl at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back and featuring the credits at the end of the film. Lucas resigning from the guilds kept him from hiring Steven Spielberg as the director of Return of the Jedi. After David Cronenberg passed on Return of the Jedi, Lucas chose Richard Marquand, who was not a part of any American union guilds. While it kept Oldman out of the Star Wars franchise, it did give an opportunity to Wood, who is now known the world over by fans of the series.
One month after Revenge of the Sith opened in theaters, Oldman starred in Batman Begins as Jim Gordon, a role he would go on to reprise in 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Oldman also reprised his role as Sirius Black in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Playing General Grievous in Star Wars would have made Oldman part of three major film franchises in one year.
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