Not even the coronavirus can stop the spread of MCU rumors, and the latest has it that Fin Fang Foom will be featured in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Some gossip is more logical than others.
Henry Cavill trading Superman’s cape for Wolverine’s claws? Not logical.
Falcon and Winter Soldier battling the Thunderbolts on Disney+? Logical.
Shang-Chi battling a talking green dragon? Perfect.
Foom is one of Marvel’s older villains, though he has never gotten as much love as he deserves. However, he does have an origin story worthy of the MCU. He’s among a group of aliens from the planet Kakaranathara who crash land on Earth in the days of Ancient China. The Mandarin eventually finds their vessel and steals ten rings that he uses to make himself into a supervillain. (Only in comics would this make any sense at all.)
That story is likely to play out in Shang-Chi, and I am glad to hear that Marvel Studios may include Foom. Hopefully, the studio won’t kill him in short order because I think we all would like to see him square off with the Hulk and/or Thor at least once.
In the early part of the Silver Age of comics, Marvel was churning out monsters left and right. In the days before the Fantastic Four, several Marvel titles focused on the horror genre, including Strange Tales. The company debuted many new monsters, including the original take on Groot and the dragon, Fin Fang Foom.
By no means is this a cheap comic, especially in a higher grade. For instance, an 8.5 sold earlier this month for $5,520, which is more than most of us are willing to spend on Fin Fang Foom. Still, if you want a piece of the character’s history and you don’t mind low-grade books, anything up to a 3.0 has a fair market value under $500.
After a 13-year hiatus, Fin Fang Foom returned to comics in a two-part story. Brought in as a Godzilla-esque creature to battle It, the Living Colossus, Foom made his return in 1974. This was during the time of Marvel’s monster fever, joining the ranks of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, and Frankenstein after the Comics Code Authority fell to the wayside.
Foom fans will want to add these issues to their collections, neither of which have hefty price tags. Astonishing Tales #23 at a 9.8 is a $300 comic, but everything from a 9.4 and below will cost you less than $75. Last December, an 8.0 Astonishing Tales #24 brought just $78.
Foom’s appearances were few and far between, but he famously made his return beginning with Iron Man #261. This story arc will likely be adapted for the Shang-Chi movie, only with Shang-Chi playing the part of Iron Man.
In this 1990 tale, the Mandarin, whom we know will be the antagonist in the upcoming movie, awakens Foom in Seattle. This can easily play out on the big screen in epic CGI fashion, and I would bet that’s exactly what will happen.
You can probably find this issue in the dollar bins of most comic shops. The last time a graded copy sold online was when a 9.4 brought $20 in 2013.