The Untold Truth Of Shang-chi
Marvel almost adopted an alternative TV series
The Kung Fu craze reached its peak in the beginning of 1970s. It was widely known by audiences in America as well as people around the world through the TV series The Green Hornet. Thanks to Bruce Lee, a Chinese Kung Fu superstar with leading role in movies such as Game of Death, Enter the Dragon, other actors were able to gain their success later then. These superstars included Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. The TV series Kung Fu, in which David Carradine starred, was said to originally be developed for Bruce Lee. Marvel Comics wanted to release this series as a way to make use of the Kung Fu craze.
However, Marvel Comics did not manage to carry out the plan because it did not get the rights. Therefore, Stan Lee asked Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart to create an original character that is based on kung-fu. Lee attempted to present the Shang-Chi movie with the participation of his son, Brandon Lee. However, Brandon Lee soon died in a mysterious accident when acting “The Crow” in 1993.
He was originally the son of Fu Manchu
The most important of these issues is the pedigree of Shang. He was first introduced as a son of Fu Manchu. This is the evil man that represented the public racist model in the 20th century. Fu Manchu is one of the most famous characters in the “Yellow Peril”, multiplying a variety of wicked Asian villains, such as ruthless Ming the Merciless, the villain of Ra Ra Ghul in Batman, etc. Marvel finally got the rights from the creator of Fu Manchu, Sax Rohmer, a novelist from England. However, Fu Manchu was always represented by a white actor, which made many Asians feel like it was more of a cultural demonization than a creative characterization.
According to the comic series, Shang-chi is nurtured by Fu Manchu to become the ultimate weapon, and later an assassin. However, he quickly rejects the evil ways of his father. When Shang-chi had grown up, he encountered Fu Manchu many times. Years later, Fu Manchu’s identity was reused to truly be the immortal Zheng Zhu. This one simply set his alias as “Fu Manchu” for decades.
There is no superpower that Shang-chi got
Like many Marvel heroes, he has no special technically superpower. Shang-chi was trained by Fu Manchu into an ultimate assassin. His father’s aim was to make him a master of Chinese martial arts. This means he was trained not only to become a skilled warrior, but also has a special ability of control over his own body. For example, Shang-chi can adjust some of the bodily functions that are supposed to be involuntary. This hero can adjust his nerves’ function to the point that he cannot feel a sense of pain. Or, Shang-chi may control his body to slow the bleeding rate when cut. As can be seen, these are the special qualities that no characters in the Marvel Universe can catch up with.
Besides, the hero can make use of pressure points. This allows Shang-chi to defeat his opponent with a just a single blow or, release a bone flying kick with a devastating force. Shang-chi is one of those heroes, who are said to represent the incredible strength and unspeakable agility. However, he boasts a skill only for the best in martial arts.
Traditionally, Shang-chi has no power beyond his mastery over his limbs. However, sometimes, this hero has been conveyed with supernatural abilities. During the aforementioned “Spider Island” event, he was one of many people temporarily empowered as Spider-Man. He used these powers to help destroy the threat of spider-run supervisors running rough on New York City. In another incident, Shang-Chi was dispatched to accompany Wolverine to China’s fictional Madripoor island. Here, they encountered an ancient dragon that was awakened from its sleep beneath the island. Using the Pym Particle, Shang-Chi expands himself to match the dragon’s size and quickly defeated it.
The hero was inspired by Bruce Lee
The character of Shang-chu was mostly inspired by the Chinese Kung Fu superstar, Bruce Lee, from appearance to some specific skills. The hero, like some real Kung Fu masters, can focus on the inherent spiritual power of every creature. In fact, this is used primarily in meditation. It is also a method to control one’s fears and fury. Marvel heroes can turn abilities into weapons. Using this rule, Shang-Chi enhances the skills to make disastrous hit. He can boost his power and stamina far beyond the human level for a certain short time . Not only can the hero avoid bullets, but he can also deflect them as well as control his body’s reaction with foreign substances such as poison.
Thanks to the specific abilities mentioned above, Shang-chi masters a completely unique series of fighting styles. The hero was inspired by the Chinese Super Kung Fu, Bruce Lee, from appearance to some unique abilities. Shang-Chi is considered on of the best unarmed warriors in Marvel Universe; he is even considered to be a more formidable warrior than the legendary Iron Fist.
The last words
First appeared on Marvel Special Edition #15, nicknamed master Kungfu, Shang-chi’s prototype inspired by Bruce Lee, the world famous Chinese martial arts master. Although having no supernatural ability, thanks to being trained to master martial arts as a child, as well as practicing physical strength, resistance, and fighting ability, Shang-chi is still a big hero in Marvel Universe. Marvel’s cinematic universe finally has the best Asian superhero!