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The son of Ta-Lo guardian Ying Li and the powerful terroristic Ten Rings leader Xu Wenwu, Shang-Chi was raised to be a caring a compassionate individual alongside his sister Xialing up until his mother was killed as retribution for acts of violence Wenwu had carried out against a rival criminal group, and Wenwu, having retired his powerful weapons, the Ten Rings, was viewed as vulnerable at the time. Seeking revenge on the group that had taken his wife from him and feeling a sense of distaste toward his son who had been able to do nothing more than watch as it occurred, Wenwu took up the rings again and proceeded to kill off all but the leader of the group who had killed Ying Li and began training Shang-Chi to become a ruthless fighter who could kill another person with ease. When Shang-Chi was 14, Wenwu sent him on a mission to the United States where Wenwu had tracked down the leader of the criminal group with the intent of having his son assassinate him. Though Shang-Chi went through with this, it led him to defect to the United States, where he lived for ten years under the alias "Shaun," making friends with a girl named Katy. After the Avengers' final battle against Thanos and a period of recovery, life resumed with some semblance of normalcy and both Shaun and Katy got jobs in San Francisco as valets, though they were judged for not having real career choices in mind by this time.

One day, however, the two were riding on a bus through the city and "Shaun" was approached by a shady man who demanded that he turn over the pendant that his mother had given him and his sister when they were younger. When "Shaun" refused, a violent confrontation ensued, where he unintentionally demonstrated his immensely competent fighting abilities and managed to incapacitate the majority of his assailants while also saving the lives of the other passengers on the bus, becoming known on social media as "Bus Boy." He realized after this, however, that his pendant had been stolen from him during the conflict. Connecting the incident to a letter he had been sent recently by his sister, Shang-Chi revealed his true name and most of his history to Katy and the two flew to Macau and tracked down Xialing at an underground fight club that she was running. The two also encountered the destructive Abomination and a sorcerer named Wong before Shang-Chi was recognized as the "Bus Boy" from San Francisco and forced to fight for information about his sister's whereabouts. When it was revealed to him that his competitor was actually Xialing herself, Shang-Chi refused to fight her and because of this, she swiftly beat him. When the two were talking afterward, Xialing denied that she had sent Shang-Chi the postcard at all, leading the two to realize that they had been duped into a trap. Xialing fled with her right-hand man while Shang-Chi and Katy escaped through a window out onto the construction scaffolding outside. They were followed by assassins, who nearly killed Katy as Shang-Chi fought them off, but the duo were saved by Xialing, who had come back to help them. Despite this, Shang-Chi was separated from the group and forced to fight the man who had trained him in his childhood, Death Dealer. The latter nearly killed Shang-Chi before Wenwu arrived and stopped him, having captured Xialing and Katy as well.

The group was taken to the Ten Rings compound in China, where Wenwu explained that he had met Ying Li in a mystical realm called Ta-Lo which could only be accessed through a specific path at a specific time of each year, and demonstrated the way that Shang-Chi and Xialing's pendants allowed for the creation of a map which led there. He explained that he believed she was being kept beyond the walls of Ta-Lo and away from him because the people who lived in that realm didn't believe he deserved Ying Li and that he had stolen her away from them, but he planned to return there and retrieve her while burning the village to the ground. When Shang-Chi, Katy, and Xialing expressed their disbelief and disagreement with that idea, he imprisoned the three, where they later found fellow cellmate Trevor Slattery who, after impersonating Wenwu under the insulting nom-de-guerre of the Mandarin as the face of the fake Ten Rings organization led by Aldrich Killian, had been abducted from prison and taken back to China by Wenwu himself. Though Wenwu originally intended to kill him, he instead decided to use him as a source of entertainment akin to a jester. The three, along with Trevor, managed to escape the cave where they were held and made their way down to the garage, where they stole a car and used Morris, a friendly dijiang from Ta-Lo who had found his way to Trevor, to guide themselves through the perilous shifting bamboo maze to get to Ta-Lo.

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Upon the group's arrival, the villagers of Ta-Lo attempted to oust them and send them away, fearing what might become of another confrontation with outsiders, but Shang-Chi appealed to them their cause, and they were allowed to stay after Shang-Chi's aunt and Ying Li's sister, Ying Nan convinced the villagers that they were part of the good team that wanted to stop Wenwu. The group was trained for the coming war, and Ying Nan informed Shang-Chi that Wenwu had been hearing the call of Ying Li's voice and believed her to be begging him to save her from Ta-Lo, when in reality it had been the influence of the Dweller-in-Darkness, a creature which fed on fear and the souls of living beings but which was imprisoned behind a giant dragon-scale wall in Ta-Lo. The Dweller knew that the rings Wenwu possessed would be powerful enough to free it, and so it was impersonating his late wife to trick him into doing just that. Ying Nan also bestowed upon Shang-Chi and Xialing each a suit of dragon-scale armor and weapons to combat any threat, human or Dweller-related, before training the two for the inevitable coming battle with the Ten Rings.

It was not long before Wenwu did arrive with his cohorts and a long battle began as Wenwu made his way directly for the wall where he believed his wife to be held. Shang-Chi confronted him in the middle of this, trying to explain to him the truth of the matter, but he refused to listen and fought his son to a standstill with the rings before blasting him into the lake and moving on to the colossal wall. While in the lake, Shang-Chi met the Great Protector, which brought him back to the surface and allowed him to confront his father again as he tried to break down the wall, which had already successfully released a few of the smaller spawn of the Dweller. Shang-Chi battled his father, gaining control of the rings but refusing to use them against his father. Now Wenwu realized what he was actually doing, though it was too late. Knowing what had to be done, Wenwu bestowed the rings upon his son and allowed the Dweller to consume his soul to ensure that Shang-Chi could get clear of it. Shang-Chi took up the rings himself and used them while riding on the Great Protector with Xialing in order to fight and defeat the Dweller-in-Darkness, though it was at the cost of many of the Ten Rings' forces and the lives of the villagers of Ta-Lo.

After this, Shang-Chi retired the rings and returned to San Francisco with Katy, where the two regaled old friends with stories of their heroic exploits, only to receive expressions of sincere disbelief and sarcasm in response. Soon after, however, Wong opened a gateway into the restaurant where they were eating and summoned the two to the Sanctum Sanctorum, where they researched the rings along with Captain Carol Danvers and Dr. Bruce Banner. Banner informed them that the rings were far older than the thousand years for which Wenwu had been using them, and Danvers affirmed that they were nothing she had ever seen among any of the alien races she had encountered. Wong told them that whatever they were and whatever their origin was, it was nothing that had yet been documented in the sorcerers' archives. He also showed them that each ring was emitting some kind of signal, calling someone or something to them to retrieve them. With this, Danvers departed and Banner welcomed the duo to "the circus."[1]

Powers and Abilities

Abilities

  • Master Martial Artist: Trained from childhood to be an assassin, Shang-Chi is an expert in the field of multiple martial arts.
  • Expert Acrobat: He is an Olympic class athlete, gymnast, acrobat and aerialist capable of many difficult feats.
  • Multilingual: Said to speak at least four languages, including English and Chinese.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Mandarin's Rings: Ten bracelets inherited from his father, that give Shang-Chi enhanced strength and longevity, emit concussive energy blasts, and can be telepathically controlled as projectiles.

Notes

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  2. Coggan, Devan (20 July 2019). Marvel reveals new details about Shang-Chi movie. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 20 July 2019.
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