Marvel has a tendency to reinvent their characters over time. Nevertheless fans are no doubt going to be surprised, however, by an abrupt change made by Marvel to one of their beloved characters.
As mentioned, Marvel has introduced quite a few changes over the decades. Sometimes these changes are received positively, while other changes have faced backlash as a result.
It’s unknown how exactly the following change will be received by fans. But it’s certainly one that will reshape the way fans recognize this particular character. It all begins in the newly-released issue Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1.
As noted in a summary of the issue which follows the events of Marvel’s Gang War crossover event:
“As leader of the Five Weapons Society, Shang-Chi is in charge of Chinatown. He’s worked hard to turn the Five Weapons Society from an evil organization, led by his father Zheng Zu, into one that can be looked at with honor. It helps that Shang-Chi is now the owner of the mystical Ten Rings, but can he still protect Chinatown without them?”
The summary of the events continues as follows:
“It finds Shang-Chi and Chinatown engulfed in the ongoing Gang War. As eager as the Five Weapons Society army is to take advantage of the chaos, Shang-Chi is taking a more neutral approach. Since the war hasn’t been directly brought to Chinatown’s footsteps, Shang-Chi sees no reason to interfere. Even when Lady Yulan and her vampires try to invade, the Master of Kung Fu easily defeats them. Spider-Man may be wary of Shang-Chi’s motivations, but he is really trying to keep the peace. If only he could trust the soldiers under his command.”
The story concludes with a battle between Shang-Chi and Captain Feng. And while Feng is defeated, the Ten Rings are still in a prison that Shang-Chi cannot get through. It’s an interesting place to put the Marvel hero and we’ll have to see what happens on his journey with this new change when the next issue is released. Shang-Chi is officially left without the Ten Rings.
The creative team behind the new book includes Greg Pak, Caio Majado, Jim Campbell, and Travis Lanham. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional Marvel comic book news as we have it.