Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings brought a new hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and some well-needed representation for the Asian community in the superhero genre. Now on Disney Plus, the movie has been a huge success and has expanded on MCU lore that has been a part of the franchise send day one: The Ten Rings. The movie also excellently explores family and its importance as well as its complexity. But, thanks to a deleted scene, it would seem that the family was going to be even more complicated.
The deleted scene, which can be found below, lets the fans know that Shang-Chi had an adopted brother he didn’t know about. That brother was none other than Razorfist. After Shang-Chi ran away, his father was distraught. During a business trip in Romania, Wenwu saw a young one armed boy performing a juggling act on the street. He saw a lot of Shang-Chi in the little boy, so he adopted him and gave him a new life in the Ten Rings.
This does not sit well with Shang-Chi – and also leads to Katy and Xialing mocking Razorfist’s name.
All in all, it is easy to see why this scene was cut. It doesn’t really add much to the story. It tries too hard to make Wenwu even more sympathetic and adds another unnecessary dynamic to the family element at the core of this film. At this point, Shang-Chi would feel replaced and thus even more distant from his father, making the ending of the movie not really possible. It also paints Katy and Xialing in a more bully-esque light as well.
There are many times that fans wonder why certain scenes are cut from movies as they feel like they would only add to the overall story. However, this is a good example of trying out an idea, realizing it doesn’t work with the plot, and thus leaving it on the cutting room floor.
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