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name: Shang-Chi Occupation: Master of Kung
Fu; former secret agent and fisherman Group affiliation: Marvel Knights;
formerly MI-6, British Secret Intelligence Base of operations: Mobile
First appearance: Special Marvel Edition #15
History: Son of an international crime lord, Shang-Chi
grew to young-adulthood at a secluded retreat in Hunan,
China. By the time he turned 19, he had mastered multiple
mental and martial arts. Only then did his father send
him out into the world -- to assassinate an old enemy.
The idealistic Shang set out to complete the task, naively
believing his father to be a great humanitarian. Fully
informed of his family's true nature as events unfolded,
a shocked and disillusioned Shang vowed to topple the
criminal empire he unwittingly had served.
Ultimately, Shang helped bring about his father's apparent
death. The elixir that had allowed the crime lord to retain
his youth for decades was no longer sufficient. Rapidly
aging, he required Shang's blood to restore his physical
vitality. During the showdown that followed, an explosion
set off by Shang's compatriots demolished the family's
Hunan stronghold. Shang escaped, but it was assumed that
his father had been killed in the blast.
Wracked by guilt, Shang wandered for weeks. Contemplating
his future and purpose, he eventually came to believe
that he had atoned for his father's murder. Shang rejected
the "games of deceit and death" in which he
had participated, and retired to a passive existence as
a fisherman in the Chinese province of Kwang Tung.
When rumors surfaced of his father's renewed activity,
Shang resumed his life's mission. Disguising himself as
member of the Triad, he infiltrated the Asian underworld
to learn the crime lord's plans. His quest brought him
into the company of the X-Men, a heroic band of outlaw
mutant adventurers, and led to his employment with Heroes
for Hire Inc., a firm of freelance superhuman operatives.
After establishing himself in Manhattan's Chinatown,
Shang discovered that the hunted had become the hunter:
His father now sought to eliminate his dishonorable heir.
Dispatching the warlord's top assassin, Shang fell in
with a loose-knit team of costumed crimefighters that
included Daredevil, fearless blind adventurer; Black Widow,
one-time international spy; Moon Knight, undead avenger
of evil; and Dagger, child of light. Since orchestrating
the bombing of the group's headquarters, Shang's father
believes him dead. However, control in the game of death
and deceit merely has changed hands: Shang-Chi survives,
ready to counterattack the crime lord's schemes under
the cloak of his own demise.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 175 lbs. Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Powers: Shang-Chi is the greatest living practitioner
of Kung Fu and an expert in various related disciplines.
Also, he is proficient in the art of meditation, which
he uses to focus his chi -- the mysterious energy martial-arts
masters channel to strengthen their skills.
Weapons: As a master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi is
well-versed in the use of many hand-held martial-arts
implements -- including the staff, nunchukas and double-edged