40 Shang-Chi (徐尚)

Anonymous 3

simplified Chinese: 徐/尚; pinyin: Xú/Shàngqì 




As per the comic 升 Shēng (ascending) 气 Qì Chi (energy)

Xu Shang-Chi or Master of Kung Fu and Brother Hand was first announced in December 1973 in a Special Marvel Edition #15, which would appear again in the next issue later. Shang-Chi had a huge significance to Marvel Comics since he would be the first Asian protagonist superhero for the company. In the comic, Shang-Chi’s character was modeled after Bruce Lee, a highly trained martial artist, primarily to give the appearance of a strong Asian figure. Although he would primarily use martial arts, he would later adopt the power of the ten rings from his father.

In the story, Shang-Chi was sired by a criminal who trained him in a Chinese forest to study martial arts, a very popular fighting style taught in China. Shang-Chi was trained most of his childhood under his father, unaware of his father’s evil intentions. Shang-Chi’s father, Xu Wenwu, is convinced that his wife is still alive and is kept as a prisoner in the village of Ta Lo. The village of Ta Lo is surrounded by a forest that also can move its trees into labyrinth mazes, which makes it impossible to find. However, on a specific time and day, the maze will create a path to the village. In Ta Lo, the village consisted of consisted of tribal villagers (including archers, martial artists, and spellcasters), mythical powers, and various creatures from Chinese mythology. Upon reaching Ta Lo, Shang-Chi would team up with the villagers to stop his father from gaining the unforeseen powers that the village holds.

On the other hand, the Shang-Chi comic would be turned into a successful box-office movie. The live-action movie “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” starring Chinese actor Simu Liu, received approximately 432.2 million dollars in revenue throughout the entire movie’s lifespan. Similarly, it would receive awards such as the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie (2021) and the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production (2022).

Chinese Mythiogical Creatures in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:

Di Jiang (神灵帝江 dì jiàng) – A yellow sack with six legs and four wings.


Qi Lin (麒麟 Qí lín) – A Chinese dragon that is composed of different animals such as the body of a deer, ox, or horse and the scales of a dragon.


Nine-Tailed Fox (九尾狐 jiǔ wěi hú) – Resembles a fox, has nine tails, and makes a sound like a crying baby. They are said to contain wisdom in their tails and can morph into a beautiful woman and bewitch humans.


Guardian Lion (石狮 shíshī) – A powerful beast that is the protector and guardian of traditional Chinese buildings and people.


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