Marvel’s Shang-Chi film has arrived! Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) stars as the title character of the movie, which is known as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Destin Daniel Cretton directs Shang-Chi, whereas Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina additionally stars.
But who’s Shang-Chi, and why is he thought to be one of the biggest warriors in the Marvel Universe? Here’s why they name him the Master of Kung Fu!
Shang-Chi: The Basics
Shang-Chi could also be the son of one of the worst villains in the Marvel Universe, however he himself ranks amongst its biggest heroes. Shang-Chi has devoted his life to perfecting his martial arts skills. Rather than utilizing these abilities for fame and fortune, he travels the world and rights wrongs. Sometimes he works alone. Other instances he fights alongside heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil or the Avengers. But wherever he goes, Shang-Chi evokes hope in the hearts of the harmless and dread in anybody silly sufficient to problem him in battle.
Shang-Chi’s Powers and Abilities
Traditionally, Shang-Chi is depicted as being an bizarre fighter with no true superhuman skills. But regardless of missing Daredevil’s heightened senses, Captain America’s super-strength or Iron Fist’s unbreakable fingers, Shang-Chi has developed a status for being fairly probably the greatest hand-to-hand fighter in the Marvel Universe. He’s expert in a quantity of completely different varieties of armed and unarmed fight. And as a result of of his complete mastery of his physique’s chi, Shang-Chi is powerful sufficient to shatter steel and fast sufficient to dodge and even deflect bullets.
Recently, Marvel did overhaul Shang-Chi and give him a brand new superhuman potential – the energy to create quite a few copies of himself, every simply as expert in the martial arts as the authentic.
Shang-Chi: Origin and Background
Shang-Chi debuted in 1973’s Special Marvel Edition #15. With the recognition of superheroes waning in the ’70s, Marvel more and more branched out into different genres like fantasy (Conan the Barbarian) and horror (Tomb of Dracula). Like Iron Fist and the Daughters of the Dragon, Shang-Chi was conceived out of a need to faucet into the martial arts film craze of the time.
Initially, Marvel attempted to license the rights to the TV series 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 was launched as the beforehand unknown son of Fu Manchu, and the biggest menace to Fu Manchu’s plans for world domination.
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Shang-Chi proved to be a right away hit for Marvel. Two points after his debut, Special Marvel Edition was renamed “The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu” and turned the everlasting dwelling for the wandering fighter. Shang-Chi additionally started routinely showing in different Marvel titles, teaming up with everybody from Spider-Man to The Thing.
Unfortunately, his recognition started to wane in the ’80s, with Master of Kung Fu ending at subject #125 in 1983. Shang-Chi started to appear extra sporadically after that time. It did not assist that Marvel ultimately misplaced the rights to Fu Manchu, making it tough to proceed exploring Shang-Chi’s household historical past and even reprint the older Master of Kung Fu tales. That’s to say nothing of the rising backlash to Fu Manchu as a racially insensitive caricature.
Fortunately, Shang-Chi has experienced a resurgence in recent years. He became a martial arts mentor to Spider-Man, helping the hero develop a new form of spider-themed martial arts after Peter temporarily lost the use of his Spider-Sense. Shang-Chi has also served on multiple incarnations of the Avengers. The 2010 series Secret Avengers even overhauled his background and connection to Fu Manchu. It was revealed that Fu Manchu was actually just a cover identity for Zheng Zu, an immortal sorcerer.
Shang-Chi: Beyond the Comics
Shang-Chi has seen very little action outside of Marvel’s comics. To date, his only non-comic book appearance has been as a playable character in the free-to-play mobile game Marvel Future Fight. Surprisingly, despite his martial arts prowess he’s never appeared in any of the numerous Marvel-branded fighting games.
His absence in Marvel’s movies isn’t for a lack of trying, however. Work began on a Shang-Chi movie back in 2005, when Marvel first partnered with Paramount Pictures for a shared universe of superhero motion pictures. A Shang-Chi film was deliberate alongside motion pictures for Captain America, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Black Panther and others. Obviously that plan modified barely.
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Finally, in December 2018 phrase broke that Marvel had employed Wonder Woman 1984 author Dave Callaham to pen the screenplay, with the intent of hiring a director of Asian descent and crafting a movie with a cultural affect much like that of Black Panther. In March of 2019, it was reported that Marvel had employed Destin Daniel Cretton to direct. And now the film is finally here!
Sept. 2, 2001: This story has been up to date with the newest details about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.