The Master of Kung-Fu is set for a comeback at Marvel following his expanded role in Jonathan Hickman’s “Avengers” and “Avengers World.” Newsarama reports that “Deadpool Pulp” writer Mike Benson and current “X-Men Legacy” artist Tan Eng Huat are on board for a “Deadly Hands of Kung Fu” four-issue miniseries starring Shang-Chi debuting in May. Benson, a veteran of many television series including “Entourage,” said the series would be heavily influenced by the old 1970s comic “mixed with a heavy helping of the ‘Bourne’ films,” kicking off with Shang-Chi heading to the UK to pay his respects to a deceased friend.
“Shang-Chi does not go to the UK for revenge,” Benson told Newsarama. “He goes to pay his respects to someone he had strong feelings toward. However the people who killed this person expect Shang to react exactly in that way and so they actually fuel his fire even further. I wanted to really mix it up. Shang-Chi will go up against a few of his old classic enemies and a few new ones. Again, I’d rather not get too specific but one old baddie who will bare his head is Razor Fist. I wanted to populate Shang-Chi’s world with both smaller and larger characters from his past. We will see the Sons of the Tiger and the Daughters of the Dragon at different points throughout the miniseries with their own agendas.”
Huat is similarly excited to jump into the series, saying he’d “never come across a character like Shang-Chi” and “the chance to do that made me very excited.”
“Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu” #1 hits stores in May.