Marvel’s Chinese superhero has the same name as a car company in China
Fictional martial arts expert Shang-Chi could join Iron Man, Captain America and Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
A Chinese superhero might helm Marvel’s next movie franchise. But people in China think he has a funny name.
Shang-Chi translates phonetically as the Chinese characters 上气, which forms part of an idiom meaning “can’t catch a breath”. It’s commonly used to describe an exhausted or anxious person gasping for air -- not the best name for a character who constantly travels around the world battling villains.
But others pointed out that Shang-Chi in Chinese is also short for “Shanghai Automotive” -- the Chinese state-owned carmaker that partners with General Motors to sell Buicks, Chevrolets and Cadillacs in China. The Chinese name of that joint venture roughly translates as “Shang-Chi versatile” -- which bodes far better for the superhero.
Interesting name aside, some are wondering which actor will play the role of Shang-Chi.