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Shang-Chi Couldn’t Help But Make (at Least) One Dragon Ball Reference

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WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, now in theaters.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will get a martial arts epic in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with the movie boasting unimaginable combating sequences because the Grasp of Kung Fu strikes to cease his villainous father Wenwu from unleashing a multiversal terror upon the MCU. The climactic battle takes place within the fantasy land of Ta Lo, magically hidden inside the coronary heart of China, with Shang-Chi inheriting the paranormal Ten Rings to tackle a monstrous, kaiju-sized beast referred to as the Dweller-in-Darkness. To dispatch the creature, Shang-Chi harnesses the ability of the rings to unleash an final assault in a direct nod to the signature assault from the manga/anime franchise Dragon Ball, full with a namedrop.


After studying how you can command the Ten Rings throughout his last showdown with Wenwu, Shang-Chi makes use of them to cost up a large assault, poised to utterly obliterate his father. The charging movement resembles an power projectile assault just like Road Fighter‘s Hadoken or Dragon Ball‘s Kamehameha Wave, however Shang-Chi decides to spare Wenwu moderately than ship the ending blow. After the Dweller-in-Darkness emerges and consumes Wenwu, Shang-Chi and his sister Xialing trip Ta Lo’s Nice Protector, a large water dragon, to subdue the Dweller-in-Darkness earlier than Shang-Chi destroys it, unleashing the complete may of the Ten Rings in a single epic blast. Shang-Chi’s greatest buddy Katy later compares the assault to a Kamehameha Wave as she recounts the ultimate battle to mates, furthering the connection.

In fact, the idea of a rechargeable power assault is not unique to Dragon Ball, however there are different, extra delicate nods to Akira Toriyama’s massively profitable franchise, in addition to some it shares with many combating anime and traditional martial arts cinema titles. That is obvious from Shang-Chi’s upbringing, rigorously coaching in martial arts from an early age at Wenwu’s distant hideout within the mountain of China, similar to so many hardened Kung Fu film and anime protagonists.


Simu Liu in Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Nonetheless, it is not the sinister machinations of the Ten Rings the place Shang-Chi finds his non secular widespread floor with Goku, however within the serene panorama of Ta Lo. Populated with a bevy of fantasy beasts straight from Chinese language folklore, the Nice Protector bears greater than a passing resemblance to Dragon Ball‘s Everlasting Dragon Shenron — one thing of a given as a result of their shared mythological inspiration. And simply as Goku prefers a extra lo-fi, naturalistic coaching method all through Dragon Ball, compared to Vegeta’s coaching within the superior services provided to him by Capsule Corp, Shang-Chi unlocks his inside potential by embracing the coaching and combating types out there to him in Ta Lo.

Extra than simply the plain pointed reference to the Kamehameha Wave, Shang-Chi incorporates lots extra thematic nods to its influences, each by way of live-action and anime inspiration. The Grasp of Kung Fu may be very a lot his personal martial artist, with the character created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin over a decade earlier than Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, however he’s additionally knowledgeable by a lot that got here after it, together with Goku’s signature assault.

Directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters now.


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