Marvel’s Shang-Chi movie has arrived! Simu Liu, Kim’s Convenience star stars as the main character of the movie. It is called Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina stars as well.
Who is Shang Chi? And why does he rank among the Marvel Universe’s greatest warriors? This is why they refer to him as the Master of Kung Fu.
Shang-Chi might be one of the most evil villains in Marvel Universe’s history, but he is also one of its greatest heroes. Shang-Chi spent his entire life learning martial arts. He doesn’t use his talents to make fortune and fame, but he uses them for good and he helps others. He works solo sometimes. Sometimes he works alone, while other times he is accompanied by heroes such as Spider-Man and Daredevil. Shang-Chi is a beacon of hope for the uninitiated and an inspiritual leader who inspires fear in those brave enough to take on his challenge in battle.
The Powers and Abilities of Shang-Chi
Shang-Chi has been depicted in the past as a normal fighter without any superhuman powers. Shang-Chi is regarded as the Marvel Universe’s best hand-tohand fighter, despite not having Daredevil’s enhanced senses or Captain America’s super-strength. His skills include both unarmed and armed combat. Because of his complete mastery over his body’s Chi, Shang Chi is strong enough for shattering metal and fast enough to dodge or deflect bullets.
Marvel recently redesigned Shang-Chi to give him an amazing new ability: the ability to make multiple copies of yourself, each one as proficient in martial arts as his original.
Shang-Chi: Background and Origin
In 1973, Special Marvel Edition #15 featured Shang-Chi. Marvel began to explore other genres as well, with the decline in popularity of super-heroes during the 1970s. Shang-Chi, like Iron Fist or the Daughters of the Dragon was born out of the desire to capitalize on the martial arts film craze of the time.
Marvel tried to initially license rights to Kung Fu. When that failed, the company instead acquired the rights to the work of pulp novelist Sax Rohmer, including infamous Chinese villain Dr. Fu Manchu and his Sherlock Holmes-like nemesis, Sir Denis Nayland Smith. Shang-Chi, the most dangerous threat to Fu Manchu’s plan for global dominance, was presented as an unknown son by Fu Manchu.
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Marvel’s Shang-Chi was a huge success. Special Marvel Edition, which he appeared in two issues later was renamed “The Hands Of Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu”, and it became Marvel’s permanent home. Shang-Chi began to appear in various Marvel titles regularly, along with Spider-Man and The Thing.
His popularity declined in the 1980s. Master of Kung Fu was published at #125 in 1983. After that, Shang-Chi started to show up more frequently. Marvel lost Fu Manchu’s rights, which made it impossible to explore Shang-Chi’s family history and reprint older Master of Kung Fu stories. This is to not mention the growing outcry against Fu Manchu’s racially-insensitive cartoon.
In recent years, Shang Chi has seen a revival. After Peter lost his Spider-Sense, he became a mentor in martial arts and helped him develop a new type of spider-themed martial art. Shang-Chi also has served in multiple Avengers incarnations. Secret Avengers (2010) even changed Shang-Chi’s background and relationship to Fu Manchu. Fu Manchu had been revealed to be a disguise for Zheng Zu (an immortal sorcerer).
Shang-Chi: Beyond the Comics
Shang-Chi is not a regular character in Marvel’s comics. His only appearance outside of comic books has been in the mobile-game Marvel Future Fight, which is free to play. Surprisingly though he is a master of martial arts, he has never been featured in any of the many Marvel-branded fighting games.
However, his absence from Marvel’s films is not due to lack of effort. Work began on a Shang-Chi movie back in 2005, when Marvel first partnered with Paramount Pictures for a shared universe of superhero movies. Along with movies like Captain America, Hawkeye and Doctor Strange, a Shang-Chi film was also planned. This plan was subsequently modified slightly.
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In December 2018, word spread that Marvel had hired Wonder Woman 1984 author Dave Callaham as the screenwriter. The intent was to hire a director from Asia and create a movie with cultural relevance similar to Black Panther. It was announced that Marvel had appointed Destin Daniel Cretton as the director in March 2019. And now the film is finally here!
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Publited Fri, 3 Sep 2021 at 02:03:42 +0000