Hey there Quirky people. We’ve already looked at several ways that Shang-Chi and the 10 Rings have differed from the comics. But today we’re going to look at the things from the Shang-Chi comics that were similar in the film. We are very well aware of how Marvel is able to build in references to the comic books and the world around the characters from the comics into the movies. Even the most random character in the movies sometimes ends up being someone important from the comic books.
The amount of attention to detail that Marvel pays to its movies is something that can be seen everywhere. This is not always possible as often the Marvel Cinematic Universe invokes completely original characters in order to create a unique perspective. This might be a curveball to the fans at the same time it keeps us on our feet trying to find out about certain characters we might have not heard of before. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one such movie that brought in a lot of original characters. But at the same, the movie was able to bring in a lot of details from the comic books into the movie. Here’s a look at all the details from the comic books that made it into Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Relationship With His Sister
At the very beginning of the movie when we first get to see Shang-Chi reunite with his sister we get to see them get into a fight. This could be a nod to the multiple fights Shang-Chi has had with his siblings. Due to his walking away from his father’s evil ways, the latter often sent his siblings after him. Though the movie shows us only a glimpse of this and even that was because Shang-Chi had abandoned Xialing as a child. This had led to her holding a grudge against him. We won’t be surprised if we are made to witness more of this since Xialing doesn’t follow the decisions and ends up taking control of the Ten Rings even though she was tasked to dismantle the group.
Kung Fu Mastery
One of the major parts of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was Shang-Chi’s fights that mostly included him fighting off the enemies by himself. This is actually something that we can also see in comic books. In comic books, Shang-Chis is often credited as “Master of Kung Fu.” He has also been a teacher to some of the most essential Marvel heroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.
The Difficult Childhood
The movie shows us that Shang-Chi runs away from his home in order to get away from his father. He realizes that his father was raising him to be a killer. This is something that we see in the comic books too as Shang-Chi is made to go through a rigorous upbringing. The idea that the character is turned into a weapon is something that is common in both interpretations.
Shang-Chi’s Father Being The Villain
Marvel played it very safe by not adapting the racist depiction of the character of Shang-Chi’s father from the comic books. They created their own character in order to depict the general idea of Shang-Chi’s father. Wenwu’s persona is not very far away from that of Shang-Chi’s father in the comic books. The MCU was able to bring certain renditions of the character from the comic books while at the same time making sure that he ended up being one of Shang-Chi’s worst enemies.
Shang-Chi’s Father’s History
In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we see that Wenwu is basically a being from ancient times. He had used his abilities gained from the Ten Rings he had acquired to conquer places. This is similar to Shang-Chi’s father in the Secret Avengers #8 comic book. Here we discover that his real name is Zheng Zu and that he has been masquerading in different identities over the past several centuries.
Razor Fist Vs. Shang-Chi
Razor Fist makes a major transition in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings after he starts working alongside the people of Ta-Lo in the fight against the Dweller-in-Darkness. He is one of the major villains to Shang-Chi in the comic books. Both of them have numerous fights as Razor Fist tries to make several attempts at the latter.
Shang-Chi Regretting His Acts Of Violence
One of Shang-Chi’s major remorse includes his dealing with his acts of violence in the comic books. The story follows that his father sends him to kill Dr. James Petrie and Shang-Chi does the act only to learn it later that Petrie wasn’t evil. He realizes his father had manipulated him and hence walks away from this path. The same can be said about the arc of Shang-Chi from the movie wherein we see him realizing what he had become upon killing his mother’s killer and walking away from this life.
The Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings didn’t really explore the Ten Rings very much and left us at a major cliffhanger about the origin of the rings. This may be something that might become an essential part coming in the future of the MCU as is hinted in the mid-credits scene of the movie. But the idea that each ring has different functionalities from the comic books is kept in the MCU interpretation.
So these were the things from the Shang-Chi comics that were similar in the MCU as well.