With the Dragon Ball franchise taking its iconic characters to new levels of power as Super Saiyan Gods and beyond in the anime/manga series Dragon Ball Super, Goku and the Z Fighters are stronger than ever. Meanwhile, over in the Marvel Universe, Shang-Chi has seen himself rise to a position of power to head his father’s international syndicate, the Five Weapons Society, putting him at odds with the rest of the superhero community.
As Shang-Chi settles into this new responsibilities and moves to defend his reunited family at any cost, he has received a surprising cosmic upgrade. This opens the question, which martial arts master would win in a showdown between Goku and Shang-Chi in their most powerful forms?
Dragon Ball Super began with Goku and his friends learning about the Super Saiyan God transformations, combining their natural Super Saiyan abilities with divine energies awakened by joining their power and strengthened by training under the angelic attendant Whis. This led to Goku and Vegeta developing the even more powerful Super Saiyan Blue transformation. Goku letting go and letting the raw divine energy flow through him led him to mastering the Ultra Instinct transformation, making combat come completely second-nature to him. In this form, Goku can instinctively anticipate incoming attacks while boasting significantly heightened strength and speed to easily dispatch his opponents, including the magical supervillain Moro.
Shang-Chi’s leadership of the Five Weapons Society set him on a collision course with the Avengers, with matters coming to a head when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes confronted the Master of Kung Fu over the fate of the Cosmic Cube. This misunderstanding would lead to a super-powered showdown as the Avengers attacked the Five Weapons’ compound in Japan. Grabbing what he initially believed to be a mythical blade, Shang-Chi instead appeared to channel the powers of an East Asian thunder god, easily able to stand toe-to-toe against Thor and melt the legendary hammer Mjolnir in the Asgardian’s hands with a mere command. Shang-Chi realized the Japanese sword was actually the disguised Cosmic Cube, restoring reality and standing down… for now.
Even without the Cosmic Cube, Shang-Chi is the most highly trained martial artist in the Marvel Universe and has honed his instincts and natural abilities to superhuman abilities, able to spar someone as formidable in the ring as Captain America. And the Cosmic Cube is far from the only cosmic force Shang-Chi has been empowered by, one bonding the with the Phoenix Force while the fiery entity searched for a new human host. Powers like these mean that Shang-Chi can rewrite the rules of space and time on the spot with a mere thought. The only way Goku realistically stands a chance against an opponent of this magnitude, is if he gets the drop on Shang-Chi with something like his Instant Transmission technique but Shang-Chi’s heightened instincts and reflexes may make this a moot point.
In a straight-up fight against Shang-Chi in his natural state against Goku, the Super Saiyan would best the Master of Kung Fu potentially without even tapping into his Super Saiyan God potential. However, if Shang-Chi was upgraded by something like a Cosmic Cube or the Phoenix Force, the odds would be more than leveled, with the cosmically empowered Shang-Chi’s mastery over matter itself giving him the clear edge. Even the Ultra Instinct transformation has its limits and against a cosmic Master of Kung Fu, Goku will have to find new levels of power to stand a chance.
from Ultimate Comic Blog