In the latest issue of “Avengers,” a future MCU hero faced off against Marvel’s Superman and revealed a major weakness in the otherwise powerful hero.
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The Avengers are in the middle of their own Phoenix Saga as the Phoenix Force has arrived on Earth and is trying to find a new host. It has gathered several of Earth’s mightiest heroes together and is holding its own Contest of Champions to determine who is most worthy of holding its power.
However, what is interesting is the way people are fighting. In the first battle, Captain America beat Doctor Doom, not by destroying the villain, but by refusing to give up and continuing to come back for more no matter how many times he went down. Now, a future hero from the MCU has proven that he can win a fight without ever lifting a finger.Continue scrolling to keep reading
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In a battle at Wundagore Mountain, Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, took on Hyperion, the leader of the Squadron Supreme. On paper, this appeared to be a one-sided battle considering the fact that Shang-Chi is ultimately a mortal man while Hyperion is the Marvel Comics equivalent of Superman. Even Hyperion was sure of his impending victory, taunting his opponent and urging him to yield.
Shang-Chi, on the other hand, never lifted a finger in the battle. He instead sat, meditating and unmoving, as the battle ended before it even began. With just a sliver of the Phoenix’s great cosmic powers, Hyperion’s senses expanded to infinity. As the cosmic power coursed through his veins, Hyperion was able to see and mentally “hear” every being in existence, and in a universe teeming with life, the barrage proved to be too much. Hyperion collapsed to the ground, admitted that he could never be this open-minded and begged for it to stop, yielding before the meditating Shang-Chi, who remained calm and unaffected by the entire confrontation.
Shang-Chi is a master martial artist with no real powers to speak of. He does possess control of his chi, which allows him to perform feats beyond the capabilities of normal humans. He also can eliminate pain and discomfort and is on par with many of the greatest fighters the Marvel Universe has to offer. He also has complete control of his nervous system, allowing him to resist physical pain and limit the spread of toxins in his body. This is likely how he was able to handle the world-altering power of the Phoenix Force while Hyperion burned out.
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As for the brash and aggressive Hyperion, this is in line with his regular behavior. While he is the Marvel version of Superman on the level of power, he has none of the moral fiber and fortitude that makes up the Man of Steel. Superman has an empathy that Hyperion has never possessed. This is what caused the leader of the Squadron Supreme to reject any understanding of pain and suffering, happiness and joy, and the cycle of life in the universe. However, it is also key to note that this version of Hyperion is not the original hero.
This Hyperion is a construct created by Mephisto and programmed by a reincarnated Agent Coulson to believe he was the real Hyperion. While it was not shown here, it is possible that his programming did not allow him to have an open mind to the truth, and that may have led to his ultimate defeat.
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