- Steven Erquiza
If you're a fan of the MCU but not familiar with the comic books, like me. You'll have questions about the new movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. How is Shang-Chi connected with the characters in the MCU right now, and who was he in the comic books?
In the comics Shang-Chi is also known as the Master of Kung Fu and Brother Hand. The character was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. He was born in Honan province, China, and he is the son of the villain Fu Manchu. His childhood mainly was training in martial arts by his father and tutors. He is proficient in Hand-to-Hand Combat; he is known for his mastery in all forms of fighting, specifically wushu-based. His skills with swords, staves, nunchaku, and shuriken are unmatched. He is described as a peace-loving, composed, and level-headed person. He also uses his chi to keep his emotions in check and even gives him the ability to dodge bullets. In the actual comics, Shang-Chi was not the most popular hero, mainly because he used hand-to-hand combat and ninja-like weapons.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings are set to release on September 3, 2021. His main villain would be his father Wenwu, known as the Mandarin. The Mandarin is known as an enemy of Iron Man in the Marvel universe. Which connects Shang-Chi's story to Iron Man's story. If you've seen the official trailer, there are a couple of teasers like abomination and another wizard-like Dr. Strange making an appearance. Even having the villain Mandarin in this movie is finally unwrapping his identity that we did not get in Iron Man 3. There are not many stories about him in the comics, so they have more creative ways to tell his story. Overall, everything Marvel releases I like, so I'm definitely excited about this movie and their upcoming movies.