25 Marvel characters who’d make great Jedi masters

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain America (Chris Evans) in b/g Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..L to R: Captain America (Chris Evans) in b/g Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /
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9. Shang-Chi

Continuing the conversation around combat, Shangi-Chi sits right in line with Iron Fist. Both were trained in the art of martial arts from a very young age, possess the ability to harness their spiritual energy known as “chi” and overcome difficult pasts to use their powers for good.

In Shang-Chi’s case, that meant uprooting what he thought about his father, Fu Manchu, and walking away from a life of heroism only to be repeatedly roped back into it. Across those stories, Shang-Chi displayed an ability to overpower iconic superheroes and even train padawans like Spider-Man and Captain America in martial arts, despite lacking any natural superpowers himself.

Shang-Chi does, however, have the ability to contain his chi and even sense others in a way not too dissimilar from the Force. And on a gift from Tony Stark, he once utilized a device to block and catch bullets, which sounds a lot like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber work against a training bot.

Shang-Chi has numerous comic book storylines that have become muddled over the years, but his continued dedication to teaching and protecting others in the spirit of a Jedi master remains.