Zombies are taking over the Marvel Universe. From Iron Fist to the Avengers, all the great superhero martial artists are fighting the undead.

Marvel zombies is set in the alternate universe of Earth-2149, where Marvel heroes have been turned into starving undead. Thor: Black Winter He teased the future invasion of Marvel Zombies in the main Marvel Universe. However, the undead are already taking over, and they’re overwhelming all of Marvel’s martial artists.

The Avengers, Shang-Chi, and the Iron Fist have faced armies of the undead in recent stories, fighting for their own lives against the undead. From the Seven Sky Capitals to the streets of London, zombies have been on the rise.

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One of the most prominent examples of this is presented in Iron Fist: Dragon Heart # 1 by Larry Hama, David Wachter, and Neeraj Menon, in which Danny Rank (AKA Iron Fist) uses a portal to travel to Under City, one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven. Danny discovers that the city is under attack by “murderous undead ninjas” who have set the entire place on fire. When he refers to them as “zombies”, his partner, Fooh, corrects him, insisting that zombies have no mind, while these shinobi corpses clearly have the intelligence to perform complex martial arts movements and even ride horses in cavalry formations. Danny soon finds the town’s ruler, Dog Brother, fighting the raiders. Meanwhile, more undead ninjas attack Danny’s apartment, where Luke Cage cares for the children. After Danny returns and helps drive them out, the goddess Qwan Yin appears, carrying the corpse (not reanimated) of Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter, the champion of another of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven.

Despite what Fooh says about zombies, zombies don’t have to be mindless drones. The totality Marvel zombies The universe is made up of self-aware zombies. In fact, the Zombie Reed Richards even surpassed Reed Richards from the Ultimate Universe. Clearly, Marvel zombies don’t need to be just thoughtless corpses whose sole motive is their hunger. Considering that Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Dog Brother, and Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter fight the undead, there is a clear threat to martial artists, something that is seen in other Marvel titles.

Most of the martial artists on the current Avengers roster have also fought the undead in the past year. Avengers Story “The era of Khonshu” by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron and Francesco Mannon, although in this case they fight against the mummies. Captain America, Blade, and Black Panther fight their way through these resurrected corpses (as do other heroes who are less trained in hand-to-hand fighting).

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Another example of martial artists fighting the undead can be seen in the fifth and final issue of the recent Shang-chi miniseries by Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan, Philip Tan and Sebastian Cheng, where the titular hero fights a group of Jiangshi in central London. Accompanied by their fellow martial arts masters, Brother Saber and Sister Dagger, the heroes can only stop these zombie-like Jiangshi after Shang-Chi briefly becomes one.

Beyond the mass appeal of zombies in popular media, something else is at stake. Martial artists learn to find mind-body balance. While strategic thinking is essential, martial arts masters are not weighed down by everyday thoughts, but flow through their movements with harmoniously meditative grace. They dominate their own bodies Y minds. Compare this to zombies, mindless beings ruled by hunger, beings who have no control over their minds or bodies. Even Marvel Zombies who retain their cognitive abilities lose control of the nature of their thoughts, consumed by their own hunger. They are the opposite of Zen and therefore they are perfect enemies for any martial artist.

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