Tigress is not the most powerful member of the team.An upcoming episode has the description saying that there have been many Furious Fives in the past, and the most powerful member always becomes evil.
Mantis will perform a Face-Heel Turn.In relation to the above WMG, Mantis is (proportionally) the strongest of the Furious Five, and will submit to the Dark Side. Especially considering his Jerk Ass behavior in allowing Po to get his ass kicked while Mantis goes on a date with a girl who doesn't even like him.
The Furious Five member who traditionally Face Heel Turns......Is not just the most powerful member, but the member who feels that their strength is overlooked or taken for granted. Po's entrance into the team as a Sixth Ranger and the Dragon Warrior seems like a good impetus for one of the others to start feeling this way... However, Po's hero worshiping ways and obvious awe in which he holds everyone helps curtail the formation of such resentment, keeping the team together.
Fung's father will appear.And this will spark a Not So Different moment when Fung rants to Po about feeling like he was being forced into the family business. However, Mr. Ping was supportive of Po's dreams of becoming a kung fu master, while Fung's father obviously didn't want to see his son become a bandit. Realizing this will help Po develop an even greater appreciation for his dad, prompting a heartwarming scene between them.
Fung will try to entice Tao Tai's son into joining his bandits.After all, he seems completely bored with his Mad Scientist father and being roped into all his crazy plans, so Fung will see an opportunity to add somebody smarter to his team. (This will most likely fail, perhaps with it turning out Tao Tai's son gets easily bored with everything... or simply isn't interested in commiting crimes PERIOD.)
There will be a Bad Future episodeIn it Po sees what his life and everyone else's lives would be like if he wasn't the Dragon Warrior:
Fenghuang was so eager to recruit Po because of how he reacted to her.He'd heard of her from Shifu, and accepted that she was evil, yet rather than simply acting afraid of her, he was... well, PO. After living in isolation for so long, meeting someone who reacted positively upon recognizing her must have been a welcome change. And once she learned he was afraid of becoming like her, she tried to make it as inviting as possible.
Fenghuang trolled Po with her over-the-top Card-Carrying Villain act.It's quite strange that the first reaction of someone who claims to worship strength upon seeing a complete stranger falling to his doom was to save him. A Social Darwinist who actually means it probably would let Po die. Also note, that Fenghuang does not go into evil ranting mode unless Po labels her as eeeevil and admits that he expects himself to turn evil like her. Maybe Fenghuang tried to play in tune with the panda's delusions to obtain help in her grudge against Shifu, or just screwed with his head for lulz.
Fenghuang will tell HER side of the story in a later episode.Her version will paint Oogway, Shifu and the rest of her iteration of the Furious Five in a VERY different light. Both sides will be From a Certain Point of View, and she'll attempt to invoke and exploit Not So Different by emphasizing jerkish behavior by Past!Shifu that fits nicely with the... less than pleasant demeanor he initially had in the first movie. (Of course, there'll be more than a little bit of Unreliable Narrator on her part...)
Fenghuang will steal the mirror and use it......To bring Evil!Po back. Given this show's love of Ship Teasing, this will include him either continuing his flirting with Tigress, or shocking her by having him seemingly switch his affections to Fenghuang.
Peng will be instrumental in redeeming his uncle.Assuming Tai Lung isn't dead, and that Peng doesn't turn on Po or the Jade Palace when he finds out what happened to his uncle, Peng will either be able to get through to Tai Lung, get Shifu to give him another chance, or be the one for whose sake Tai Lung will consider making peace. He will be assisted in this by Po who seemed to find Tai Lung's past exploits cool and doesn't hold a grudge against anybody. Perhaps Peng could even help by giving his uncle something else to live for by having Tai Lung train him in kung fu. This leads into...
Tai Lung will end up being a recurring ally who will help take out various enemies when needed.Specifically, all the enemies which have been showing up will eventually band together as a Legion of Doom to take out the Valley of Peace. (Assuming they can ever agree on anything and don't come to blows over who gets to be in charge.) This could come about in one of several ways. 1) Hypocritical Heartwarming: "Nobody gets to attack Shifu and the Valley of Peace except me!" 2) Joining their band at first, only to become a Defector from Decadence because Even Evil Has Standards. 3) Joining them as a Reverse Mole (which could at first be played as a Heel-Face Revolving Door until the truth comes out). "Whose side are you on?" "My own. Which at the moment happens to coincide with yours."
Tai Lung isn't Peng's uncle, he's his father.Think about it. Tai Lung was a Door Stop Baby. How can he have had a sibling that would even know who he was? There's the possibility that Peng is Tai Lung's illegitimate child, and that his mother told him he was his uncle instead, presumably to hide the truth, along with other details of who Tai Lung was, out of shame.
Po is developing an Inferiority Superiority Complex because he's become the Dragon Warrior.For years, he's built up this idealized image in his head of being the perfect warrior made of awesomeness... yet he also believed he wasn't really good enough to ever come close to that. Now, he's obtained that lofty title, and has been learning he's got the potential to live up to it... yet he's also finding it takes MUCH more hard work than he ever expected. His personality's in flux because he feels he SHOULD be insanely confident and proud of who and what he is, and that he SHOULD have completely conquered all his self-doubts and insecurities by now... but he hasn't. He's also learning the cost of being the Dragon Warrior. That the training and vigilance doesn't end just because he's discovered the secret of the Scroll and defeated the Big Bad. Rather, it's just beginning... and he's not sure if he can keep up with the demands. But admitting that — and potentially losing everything he's gained so far because he's not capable of fulfilling those expectations — is something he's incredibly afraid of. He didn't just ask Tigress if she thought Oogway made a mistake because he was afraid she felt that way... This is why he leaps on any shortcuts and wants to learn 'the good stuff' — so he can feel more secure and suited to his title and station.
Mantis will get a Cute But Psycho admirer.Given the series' love of Mythology Gags and references to What Could Have Been, a female mantis who's obsessed with him could serve as a nod to the discarded subplot in Kung Fu Panda 2 where he was going to get eaten. Given his behavior in "Hometown Hero", it could also be seen as a bit of karmic payback...
Peng doesn't know the Awful Truth......Because his family has kept it from him. It's a shameful family secret, something they don't want being spread around. Years ago, the sibling of one of his parents decided they couldn't care for an infant, and so left him on the steps to the Jade Palace. As time went on and Tai Lung became more renowned, the guilt of what they'd done haunted them, until they confessed to their sibling. Before they could decide whether or not to tell Tai Lung himself, events unfolded that made that even more undesirable. Thus, they kept it to themselves, discussing it only in absolute privacy. Peng has only overheard bits and pieces, and thus is blissfully unaware of the nastier details. He wants to find Tai Lung in hopes of a happy reunion, fixing his family. This likely won't end well.
There will most likely be another 'Po and Tigress' episodeShippers delight! Nickelodeon is making habit of putting the main male and female in a sticky situation, there is a slight chance that they will do it again.
There will most likely be a stud who tries to 'Woo' Tigress as a gag in an episode...and he will fail miserably.
Peng is destined to become an even more skilled and powerful warrior than Tai Lung.When you take the movie and then the episode into account, you notice the similarities throughout. Highly skilled at a young age, pretty much a natural, a prodigy. Shows great promise and develops dreams of becoming great one day. Then, when denied what they so yearned (or in Peng's case, thought he was denied) they both displayed great anger and an obsessive desire to obtain what they wanted and prove themselves. But when confronted to the truth, Tai Lung broke down and continued attacking despite it now being moot. Peng, however, saw and realized what was wrong with his actions, he came to his senses, repented and apologized. As we see, Peng has all of Tai Lung's traits, both good and bad, but showed humility, self-control, and the ability to make the right decision when confronted with the truth. Also, while Tai Lung showed a great aptitude for kung fu at a young age, he lived at the palace and thus had Shifu to teach him everything he needed in regards to kung fu, whereas Peng is already very skilled and yet he has never had any type of training. Combine those, and the potential for being even greater than Tai Lung is right there.
Just so the movies won't have to, Legends of Awesomeness will give closure to Tai Lung.Considering the end of the episode "The Kung Fu Kid" is the first hint we've ever gotten as to Tai Lung possibly being alive, if he does make a comeback, the show will take care of giving closure to his entire storyline. Namely because that way they can give something to the fans of the character and continue an unfinished storyline, and they can get away with not having to do it in the movies, where they have limited time to set up a whole story and character development. Considering the way the second movie ended, it's highly likely that the third movie will focus on Po meeting his real father and other pandas, so it makes sense that they'd want to keep Tai Lung from showing up to take up screentime and attention away from that focus.
The series really is a collection of legends....And they're being retold in the far future, well after the events of all the movies and beyond. Part of the enduring legend attached to Po is the idea that he started out as somebody completely unsuited to kung-fu; this aspect of his character has been greatly exaggerated over time in order to impart the proper Aesops to the audience.
The first season will be a massive brawl
Peng found out who his uncle was......From a soothsayer. That epic goat in the 2nd movie couldn't have been the only on in China, and maybe the one he asked left out a few details on purpose in an attempt to spare Peng from the truth, probably thinking "he's like twelve—he'll settle somewhere WAY before he gets to the Valley of Peace"
Peng will come back in a ghost episode......and will help Shifu and the Furious Five put the spirit of Tai Lung to rest after Junjie summons it for another dig at Shifu. It will be an episode made of Awesome and Heartwarming and Peng will stay at the palace at the end.
If Peng ever stays at the Jade Palace he will be Tigress' first studentA true test of a master is how they handle a student (like when Shifu sent Po to the bunny school), and Peng is a Super-Strong Child, like Tigress was. She'll probably have some good tips and exercises. Not to mention it would be quite a test to raise someone who looks so much like the one who nearly killed her and had cost her Shifu's love and affection. And is actually the nephew of said villain.
Peng is the Reincarnation of Tai LungLiterally!!! In a world where magic has been proven, such as the fluttering mind slip, and other moves of its caliber, it's not wholly impossible for the religion's belief in Reincarnation to be literal. This is evidenced by the fact that he shares his same mind set, and deeply rooted hatred of Shifu, that is quick to be set off. He looks like him, I say, completely by accident, as if the wheel of what you will be reincarnated as is similar to the wheel of fortune, chance. Tai Lung, was brought back as a child, Peng, so that he could have a restart, a chance to be innocent once again. His pilgrimage all across china, is his journey to enlightenment, in other words, it's his literal 8 fold path. When he is fully complete with his journey, he will be gifted with his past memories restored and a new way to approach Shifu, with kindness, respect, and most likely an apology. Being that he already looks like Tai Lung, he will be greeted with harshness, and fear, aiding in his journey to be restored to innocence. He will have to prove, not only to himself, and his God, that he has changed but to the people he has wronged in his past life. When his life ends, naturally this time, he will be faced before his God in heaven, who will ask him a question resembling, "Do you belong here?" He will have to look deep into himself for the answer, but maybe he will find a good one this time around.
To add to my previous WMG I say he has lived other lives before.This would account for his skills when he was Tai Lung.
Tigress has no sense of the Fourth WallIn 'Chain Reaction' Tigress makes a few comments that would support this theory. 1.) Po says sorry before he jumps off of the cliff. Tigress didn't look at him as she said "For what, oh. great." (paraphrased) as if she knew he was jumping off of the cliff. Also with all of her reaction training, the idea of her knowing something was wrong and doing nothing about it is far-fetched, as if she knew she was going to be yanked and could not stop it because the author wouldn't let her. 2.) After they fall off of the cliff they reach a ledge a little while down. Po lands safely on the ledge while Tigress misses it. The chain binding them prevents her from falling to her doom allowing Po to pull her up. Just as he begins the ledge begins to crack and she says "Oh great". She's being sarcastic of course, but not of falling, but of the fact that the authors moved her from one bad situation to another. 3.) Somewhat also proving this is the way she so casually uses sarcasm knowing she's never really in danger.
Tai Lung will force an Enemy Mine.As a counter to the above, if a villain legion of doom is created, Tai Lung's appearance will make the villains join forces with Po.
The unseen Emperor is a human.His sister is a goose and his grandson is a buffalo, so he could be just about anything, so why not?