In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos wipes out half of all life in the cosmos during his conquest to collect the Infinity Stones. However, five years later, the remaining Avengers are able to undo this and resurrect everyone who was deleted. However, as a new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins to unfold, more heroes and villains are created who were never seen before the Blip. With that in mind, determining whether or not they survived is largely speculative. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a prime example of this, since the eponymous hero’s solo adventure introduces a fresh cast of characters. Unfortunately, because the film spends so much time developing its existing history and narrative, there is little to no time to investigate whether or not Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and his friends and family survived the Blip. Thankfully, the film provides some context clues to help put together where they were throughout the previous five years.
Shang-Chi and Katy (Awkwafina) enjoy cocktails with an old high school buddy early in the film. Their good time is cut short as she tells them that they need to mature. While the pair ignores her adult viewpoint, she immediately reminds them that half of all life may go in a second. A gloomy fog descends on the group as Katy and Shang-Chi withdraw in their minds, as if recalling what had transpired. While there isn’t much history, it’s clear that these two most likely survived the Blip and were forced to pick up the pieces. Shang-Chi and Katy later travel to Macau in search of his sister, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang). When they arrive, they discover her in the Golden Daggers, an underground combat ring where everyone from the Abomination to Black Widows may be seen battling for money. Shang-Chi is forced to battle Xialing while there, and after defeating him, she brings him to her office. He then discovers how she created her business after fleeing her father years before. But, because she would have required a long time to do this, she is also unlikely to have been deleted from existence.
Finally, Wenwu I played By Tony Leung, the leader of the Ten Rings, has lived for nearly 1,000 years, making his extinction the most likely. The Ten Rings, on the other hand, were still running strong when Thanos attacked. If Wenwu had been eliminated, there would have been a power struggle with no clear direction, eventually leading to its demise. That means Wenwu had to have lived, either by chance or because of the Ten Rings’ possible protection due to its ancient and magical nature. The same might be true of Ta Lo, an extradimensional town. Because Thanos merely annihilated all life in the universe, anything surviving outside of it may be immune to his wrath.
If all of this is true, it means that every key character in the film survived the Blip. While probability would suggest that it is unlikely, it is possible that they were simply unlucky while individuals were missing. That same luck, however, has allowed them to become stronger and more capable, preparing them to meet whatever challenges may arise in the MCU’s future. Check out how the Blip’s survivors fared in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is now in cinemas.