When Shang-Chi joined the Avengers, Iron Man provided him with a whole new arsenal, allowing the MCU star to adapt to the growing threats he faced.
Shang-Chi is recognized as one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe. The MCU star’s melee skills are unmatched, as are his abilities with a weapon. Of course, when Iron Man gave Shang-Chi a high-tech arsenal, his skills were amplified to a whole new level.
When Shang-Chi first joined the Avengers, Iron Man immediately started talking to him about creating high-tech weapons. Tony Stark was fascinated by the idea of mixing Shang-Chi’s traditional fighting style with new high-tech weapons. Shang-Chi was hesitant as he didn’t see the need for weapons beyond his fists and feet. Things changed, however, in 2013 Avengers # 11, by Jonathan Hickman, Mike Deodato, Frank Martin and Cory Petit of VC. In this issue, Shang and his fellow Avengers went on a mission to Macau, where they tried to uncover information about AIM.
There, Shang-Chi encountered an organization called Chimera, with which he engaged in a big brawl. During the fight, Shang-Chi took out a pair of electrified nunchaku, designed by Stark. The weapon was super effective, as Shang-Chi dispersed his enemies in one fell swoop. This pair of nunchaku were incredibly impressive, mixing Shang-Chi’s traditional fighting style with Iron Man’s high-tech weapons, just as Stark suggested. The weapon was of great help, as Shang-Chi was able to defeat his opponents and discover that AIM was trying to buy an army of assassins.
While the electrified nunchaku are impressive, they aren’t the only weapons Stark created for Shang-Chi. In the years 2013 Avengers # 20, by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, David Cureil and Cory Petit of VC, that Shang-Chi used a pair of energy projection gauntlets. During “Infinity,” several of Shang’s fellow Avengers were captured by the builders. Shang-Chi led a rescue team to save his teammates, wielding those energy gauntlets as he did. Using the gauntlets, Shang-Chi dug a hole in an Aleph, one of the builders’ alien robots. Once again, it was an impressive sight, combining Shang-Chi’s combat skills with powerful technology. With the help of Tony Stark’s tech, Shang-Chi was able to use his abilities in space, becoming a great help to his fellow Avengers.
However, the most impressive weapon Shang-Chi used during his time on the Avengers are the Pym Particles. While Pym’s particles don’t appear to be lethal weapons, they are still technological advancements that Shang has used to improve his combat ability. Shang-Chi used Pym particles in 2014 Avengers World # 14, by Nick Spencer, Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa and Joe Caramagna of VC. By this point, Shang-Chi had gone to Madripoor, where the Gorgon was performing a ritual that raised a sleeping dragon beneath the land.
Luckily, SHIELD delivered a shipment of Pym Particles, which Shang-Chi used to grow to enormous size and take on the dragon. Shang-Chi dealt the dragon in his giant size in quick succession, using his many existing skills with the help of Pym Particles. With the combination of Pym’s particles and his martial arts skills, Shang-Chi ended up defeating the dragon.
Overall, the weapons Shang-Chi used during the Avengers shows how well the martial artist has adapted to his surroundings. While on the Avengers, Shang-Chi faced strange threats, including aliens, giant dragons, and several other anomalies. As the enemies he faced changed, Shang-Chi had to adapt to these growing threats. Fortunately, Tony Stark knew exactly what Shang-Chi needed to thrive.
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