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The Deadly Keys of Shang-Chi

The Marvel Shang-Chi movie is on the fast-track to being produced. Here are a handful of villains and key issues related to the Master of Kung-Fu

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  • 1st appearance of Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu
  • 1st appearance of Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith
  • 1st appearance of Fu Manchu (in comics), father of Shang-Chi, in a Marvel title
  • 1st team appearance of Si-Fan, a secret society with allegiances to Fu Manchu
  • *in-development and will be the first film headlined by an Asian character for Marvel
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  • 2nd appearance of Master of Kung-Fu
  • 1st appearance of Midnight Sun, a highly trained martial artist and master of stealth
  • Title becomes Master of Kung-Fu
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  • 3rd appearance of Shang-Chi
  • 1st appearance of Black Jack Tarr, an ally of Shang-Chi
  • Title changes Master of Kung-Fu
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  • Origin of Shang-Chi
  • 1st team appearance of the Sons of the Tiger: Lin Sun, Black Tiger (Abe Brown) and Robert Diamond
  • Painted cover art by Neal Adams
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  • Origin of Shang-Chi continued
  • 1st appearance of Ducharme, a woman who has played double agent for MI6 and Fu Manchu
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  • 'Special Album Edition'
  • 84-page martial arts special with photographs and painted representations of David Carradine, Boris Karloff (as Fu Manchu) and Christoper Lee along with stories featuring Marvel characters
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  • 1st appearance of The Adder, a crime lord dealing in heroin
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  • 1st meeting of Spider-Man and Shang-Chi
  • 1st crossover outside of a kung fu book by Shang-Chi
  • *rumored that Shang-Chi will be introduced to the MCU in Spider-Man Far From Home
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  • 1st appearance of the Cursed Lotus, Fah Lo Suee, sister of Shang-Chi
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  • 1st appearance of Shadow Stalker, on of Fu Manchu's favorite assassins
  • 1st appearance of Clive Reston
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Petrie
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  • 1st appearance of Shadow Thief, rumored to be thousands of years old
  • Painted cover art by Neal Adams
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  • 1st appearance of Razor-Fist, a villain who has swords for arms from the elbow down
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  • 1st appearance of Tiger Claw, an assassin
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  • 1st appearance of Pavane, a female mercenary hired to kill Shang-Chi
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  • 1st appearance of Mordillo, an assassin and brilliant engineer of killer robots
  • 1st appearance of Leiko Wu, an agent of MI-6
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  • 1st appearance of Darkstrider
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  • 1st appearance of The Cat
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  • 1st appearance of Shockwave, a former MI6 operative and enemy of Shang-Chi
  • *see issue #40 for James Larner, Shockwave not in costume
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  • 1st appearance of Bolo and Kimba, assassins equipped with twin golden daggers
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  • 1st appearance of Shaka Kharn (final panel), an ancient ancestor of Shang-Chi resurrected by Fu Manchu
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  • 1st appearance of Skull Crusher, an assassin equipped with two spheres attached to chains
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  • 1st appearance of Kogar, leader of a smuggling ring
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  • 1st appearance of Zaran the Weapons Master, "brother" of Shang-Chi
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  • 1st appearance of Agent Syn, one of multiple agents working for Samisdat (terrorist) who use the moniker Agent Syn
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  • 1st appearance of Rufus Carter AKA Super Midnight, an ally of Shang-Chi
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  • 1st appearance of Shadow Slasher, a skilled martial artis
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  • 1st appearance of Dark Angel, Mia Lessing
  • 1st appearance of Sata, an elite assassin of Fu Manchu
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  • 1st appearance of Ghost Maker, a KGB agent
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  • 1st appearance of Death Dealer
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  • 1st team appearance Daredevil's unnamed superhero team, most often referred to as Marvel Knights: Daredevil, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Moon Knight and Dagger
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  • 1st appearance of Shang-Chi of the Ultimate Universe
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  • 1st team appearance of the new Heroes for Hire: Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Humbug, Tarantula, Shang-Chi, Black Cat, Orka and Paladin
  • 1st appearance of Tarantula (Maria Vasquez), a highly skilled combatant and sadistic female version of the Tarantula with blades on her boots and wrists
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  • Reintroduction of Fu Manchu as Zheng Zu
  • ***in an earlier issue, Fu Manchu renounced his name in Black Panther #11 (2006) and for a short time referred to himself as "Han"
  • **in an interview, Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios) discusses the relationship between Shang-Chi (upcoming film confirmed) and his father, formerly Fu Manchu
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  • Shang-Chi teaches Spider-Man martial arts
  • ***Spec: Shang-Chi appears in the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie as an MI6 operative (Spec Cred: Jason Collington)
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  • 1st appearance of Chimera, a corporation with evil intent that Shang-Chi takes on
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  • Four-issue limited series
  • Shang-Chi tracks down the murderer of his former lover
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  • 1st official team appearance of The Protectors: Silk, Ms Marvel (Khan), Shang-Chi, Agent Jake Oh, Jimmy Woo and Hulk (Cho)