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Shang-Chi Just Proved He’s Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

In Shang-Chi #5, Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu proves that he has something in common with another iconic hero by moving faster than a bullet.

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Shang-Chi #5, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Shang-Chi has always had some of the fastest hands in the Marvel Universe, a fact that had led to many victories over more powerful foes. From supernatural threats to superpowered criminals, few have been able to stand in the way of the gifted martial artist, and the latest attempt on his life by the Red Dot Collective in Shang-Chi #5 (by Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan, Triona Farrell, and VC’s Travis Lanham) has just illustrated how incredibly fast the Master of Kung Fu really is.

Shang-Chi’s life has taken some dramatic turns since he took over the Five Weapons Society after the death of his father. Notably, he has become intimately acquainted with the criminal underworld he has so long fought against, including the representatives of the Red Dot Collective who have come to his home looking to sell stolen goods. Somehow, the Red Dot Collective has come to acquire their very own Iron Man armor packed neatly within a Stark Tech briefcase. As tempting as it is to own his very own Iron Man armor, Shang-Chi has to turn down the deal, although he can’t in good conscience let such a powerful weapon walk out his door and into nefarious hands. Taking the Red Dot Collective in peacefully is entirely off the table, and soon enough the bullets and fists are flying. Shang-Chi is plenty quick to evade almost every shot, but there is one that comes straight for his head which he has no chance of dodging. Instead, the Supreme Commander of the Five Weapons Society stares down the bullet coming his way and deals with it in the most ridiculous way possible.

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After he is seemingly felled by a shot to the head, the Master of Kung Fu pops right back up with a grin on his face and a smoking bullet between his teeth. Before his attacker can react, Shang-Chi spits the bullet with enough force to send it rocketing through the cybernetic eye gun from which it was originally shot.

This is a stunning display of speed and strength, not to mention a generally humorous moment in its own right. This classic magic trick first rose in popularity in the mid 1800’s, eventually finding itself referenced in pop culture phenomena such as 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective starring Jim Carrey. While Shang-Chi’s recreation of this death-defying feat is far less comical than the outrageous camp of Ace Ventura, it certainly cements just how incredible the hero is.

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Even though the Red Dot Collective are not the most threatening enemies Shang-Chi has faced, that doesn’t change the fact that catching a bullet in between his teeth is an awesome display of his prowess. That it was so easy for him only further emphasizes the capabilities of the Master of Kung Fu.

This turn of events should not be very surprising for those who are familiar with his exploits, but it is a good reminder for those who are new to the world of Shang-Chi. With the Five Weapons Society on shaky ground, this could be just the thing Shang-Chi needed to drive home exactly why he has maintained his title of Supreme Commander in spite of everyone who would like to see otherwise.

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