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Subj: Re: Iron Fist #7: Iron Fist vs. Shang-Chi; plus Superman #30
Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 at 05:41:52 pm EDT (Viewed 189 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Iron Fist #7: Iron Fist vs. Shang-Chi; plus Superman #30
Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 at 06:11:44 pm EDT (Viewed 222 times)


      So in Iron Fist #7, Iron Fist fights a mind-controlled Shang-Chi. Interestingly, Iron Fist says that Shang-Chi is probably the only person on the planet who can beat him in a martial arts fight. At first Shang-Chi is winning but Iron Fist is holding back and Danny decides he can't hold back if he's going to survive. Then the battle becomes basically even. After the fight ends when Iron Fist ko's the mind controller, Shang-Chi, who has come to his senses and is not one for bragging, states that he fared the better of the two in the fight. The issue comes pretty close to saying Shang-Chi is the more skilled of the two.

    Danny did dispute that immediately thereafter to be fair. That bit came across to me like jokey banter between friends rather than a serious comment about who was winning (although I've got no problem with the idea of Shang being more skilled than Danny, not sure how I'd assess it myself as I've never been overly invested in either character).

Well, Iron Fist was using the Iron Fist in the fight and given that Shang-Chi doesn't have a comparable offensive attack, for Shang-Chi to make the fight even would logically indicate Shang-Chi is more skilled. Also, Danny thinks about Shang-Chi as "The one person in the world who can probably take me down in a kung fu battle and he's got to get himself possessed by some sort of supernatural Jim Jones who wants me dead." That phrasing certainly makes it seem Danny thinks Shang-Chi is more likely to win than not.

In another comic, there was also Black Panther's evaluation of Shang-Chi having a bigger reputation than Iron Fist in the martial arts community - see the attachment.

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