Thursday morning, the first glimpses at the set of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings surfaced online, providing fans their first look at a mysterious character involved in the production. While it's not evident who the character is exactly, some are suggesting it's none other than Ghost Maker, a long-time Shang-Chi nemesis that has been rumored to be a part of the film's cast since last October. But who is Ghost Maker? After all, the character certainly isn't a bigger-name villain like we've seen from other solo movies from Marvel Studios.
Created by Doug Moence and Gene Day in 1982, Ghost Maker — real name Grigori Svochenko — first appeared in, you guess it, Master of Kung-Fu #110. A Russian character, Svochenko was raised by his father, a important member of Russia's KGB spy organization. First and foremost an assassin, Ghost Maker has many attributes you'd expect the character to have — insane reflexes, enhanced speed, weapon mastery...you know, the works.
Since comics rarely keep their chill, the character's latest development have almost seen him become a Deadpool-esque character. The character's been killed and subsequently resurrected by The Hand, no less. After he was resurrected, he began expressing skillsets that let him a certain set of regenerative powers. Meaning he could heal himself like Deadpool, Wolverine, and a whole lot of other Marvel characters.
Most times the character has a bright green and teal suit with yellow accents, a far cry from what we can see in the set photos. The only indication that it's a character of importance, really, is Marvel's security detail actively trying to prevent the news crew's cameras from taking clips of the scene.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters February 12, 2021.
Other upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier this fall, The Eternals on November 6, WandaVision in spring 2021, Loki in spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If? In summer 2021, Hawkeye in fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 in May 2022.
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