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Everything You Need to Know About the Villains for SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Find out everything you need to know about the villains for the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). Rumors by MCU Cosmic have revealed several villains for the upcoming martial arts film. MCU Cosmos has a pretty good track record for rumors and there are a few details corroborated in the rumor. The site accurately reported that Disney was developing a Disney+ series for Hawkeye among other scoops.

So here's a list of pretty awesome villains lined up for the Shang-Chi movie starring Simu Liu. One is confirmed but the others are rumored.

1. The Mandarin

The Mandarin was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck and first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (1964). He's a Chinese aristocrat who's a brilliant scientist and a superhumanly skilled martial artist. His real power comes from the ten rings he wears on his hands.

After a spaceship crashed he adapted the alien technology into rings he wears on his fingers and thumbs. Each one gives him a different superpower like fire and disintegration. The Mandarin used his new-found power to become a feared crime lord.

While the character was first mentioned in the movie Iron Man 3 the man named "The Mandarin" was revealed to be an impostor named Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley). Later it was implied that the Chinese warlord was real and this movie will be his first big-screen appearance. Played by Hong Kong heartthrob Tony Leung Chiu-wai he's playing Shang-Chi's father. Mandarin is replacing the incredibly racist father from the comics Fu-Manchu.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is raised in isolation by his father to become a perfect killing machine. Fu Manchu indoctrinated him so well that he believed his father was a benevolent man. It's only after he reluctantly kills a man that Shang-Chi realizes his father is evil. The Mandarin is the primary villain of the movie.

2. Tiger-Claw

The long-time villain Tiger-Claw was created by Doug Moench and Keith Pollard for Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #4 (1975). He's a master of martial arts and wears large tiger-styled gloves with long, deadly claws.

When he first appeared he was trying to force his way into Fu Manchu's elite guard known as the  Celestial Order of the Si-Fan, or just Si-Fan. After killing several of Fu Manchu's men he impressed the warlord enough to let him join. Later he tried to overthrow Fu Manchu and was kicked out.

Later he would clash with Shang-Chi as they searched for Elixir Vitae, the serum of immortality. He's a potent villain.

3. Razor-Fist

The character Razor-Fist was created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy. He first appeared in Master of Kung Fu #29 (1975). He's a master of unarmed combat who works as an assassin, bodyguard, and enforcer. A doctor named Carlton Velcro surgically replaced his hands with long, sharp blades. There have actually been three men with the name Razor-Fist.

The first man, named William Young, fought Shang-Chi before being shot to death. Later Doctor Doom created robot duplicates of Young to fight the martial-arts superhero.

The second man, named Douglas Scott had his hands replaced by Velcro and had a much longer career. Douglas fought villains from the Avengers to Deadpool for decades.

But William Scott is the most recent one fighting heroes like Wolverine and Daredevil. We don't know which version Marvel Studios would use.

There's a rumored audition tape with The Dead Lands star Te Kohe Tuhaka auditioning for a character named "Steel-Claw". There's no current comic book villain with that name so it might be a new character or a fake name to throw people off. If so, it would probably be for Razor-Fist.

4. Grigori Sovchenko / Ghost Maker

Ghost Maker first appears in Master of Kung Fu #110 (1982) by Doug Moench and Gene Day. 
Sovchenko is one of the more obscure Marvel supervillains. He's a master of martial arts and the Russian son of a KGB operative who trained him to be a master assassin. After fighting Shang-Chi he was killed by raindrops containing "death-dust". 

He was later brought back to life by the Snakeroot cult to fight Daredevil and Elektra. Ghostmaker was killed by her and was brought back from the Great Beyond again by the Asian cult The Hand. After all the reanimation he attained superhuman speed, reflexes, and regenerative powers.

Ghost Maker isn't a very interesting villain but Marvel Studios has managed to make obscure villains exciting before.

5. Moving Shadow 

Moving Shadow is one of the more interesting villains in the list. He first shows up in Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #1 (2002) and was created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy. He's an expert martial artist and an equal to Shang-Chi in every way.

In the comics, after Shang-Chi abandons his father Fu Manchu has another son he names Moving Shadow. This son is fiercely loyal to his father and has no qualms about following orders. Moving Shadow tries to kill his half-brother but fails. When Shang-Chi refuses to kill him Fu Manchu kills him himself for failure.

This guy doesn't have a long history in the comics, but his personal connection to the hero and villain could make a powerful appearance.

While it sounds like villain overload to have five different villains MCU Cosmic says Shang-Chi will fight in a "Bloodsport-style underground fight tournament". So he'd be fighting his way through the villains. It sounds pretty awesome.

About Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" stars Awkwafina, Simu Liu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is scheduled for release February 12, 2021 (United States)
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Source: MCU Cosmic

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