All aboard the hype train as Marvel Studios finally revealed our first official look at Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which marks the debut of the first-ever Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the internet-breaking premiere of its first trailer, MCU fans were instantly reminded of another Marvel superhero which they believe shares a lot of similarities to the character played in the film by Simu Liu.
Long before Shang-Chi, Marvel's "Netflixverse" already introduced fans to Danny Rand aka Iron Fist in the short-lived live-action show of the same title but the series didn't exactly live up to the hype and it only lasted for two seasons. Of course, both characters are masters of martial arts which is why it isn't all that surprising that fans have been comparing the two. In fact, as soon as the official trailer for Shang-Chi dropped, Iron Fist instantly became a hot trending topic on Twitter. Check out some of the reactions below:
nah cos now I’m mad, why’d they give iron fist a $4 budget— jamal (@jamalontrial) April 19, 2021
LOL why is Iron Fist trending? LMBAOOOOO pic.twitter.com/84XY0ZRYpj— TASK the Leader of the InvinciCult #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) April 19, 2021
As evidenced today people comparing the two are apparently not aware Shang-Chi and Iron Fist are two very different characters that are not the exact same because they both use martial arts but I’m also not surprised pic.twitter.com/hdUANtDyYp— ?️? Adonys ??️ The Pirate Bard (@thebardsandbees) April 19, 2021
SHANG-CHI is what IRON FIST would’ve been if Netflix weren’t as cheap as Mr. Krabs— Dalton is on #TeamKong&Godzilla (@RedDragon733) April 19, 2021
Hey Marvel is this your apology for Iron Fist? ? pic.twitter.com/fnCuYjMrqa— aka Ghee Buttersnaps - 8:46 (@Bertitude) April 19, 2021
All these tweets comparing Shang Chi to Iron Fist reminds me of how painful the Iron Fist Netflix show was. Binging that was some of the worst of Marvel I ever experienced. pic.twitter.com/DmXVM5qouH— Knux (@knux333jw) April 19, 2021
Not gonna say they COULDN’T have done AA Iron Fist...but they didn’t. Shang-Chi is a better character and deserves that spotlight. Just my opinion. pic.twitter.com/yfYY5Zjz9Y— TASK the Leader of the InvinciCult #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) April 19, 2021
We ain’t forgot about that Iron Fist mess and making the Ancient One a white woman in Doctor Strange for no damn reason, but we will be tuning in for this. Maybe you can be redeemed. https://t.co/QYIMCDo0CS— ᴮᴱ KT (waiting for BTS ??) ⁷ (@jmstaehyungie) April 19, 2021
Despite their "similarities" in terms of skillset, there's absolutely no point in comparing both characters as they both bring something unique to the table. Now, if anything, I feel like the Shang-Chi franchise would be the perfect way to reintroduced Danny Rand to the Marvel Cinematic Universe because he and Shang-Chi actually share some comic history together. The real question is, would Marvel Studios actually bring back Finn Jones or are they ready to move on with a different actor? We'll just have to wait and see.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings will premiere on September 3, 2021.
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