GRANDMASTER WONG

Real Name: Wong Fei-Hung

Identity/Class: Human (World War I era) (Chinese)

Occupation: Martial arts master

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: The Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Echo/Maya Lopez, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Namor the Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond simulacrum, Starbrand/Brandy Selby, Thor/Thor Odinson, Valkyrie/Jane Foster), Knuckles O'Shaughnessy; possibly various other time and reality-displaced Avengers (see comments)

Enemies: Mephisto

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Big Iron," "Legendary Master of the Drunken Dragon Fist"

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022)

Powers/Abilities: Grandmaster Wong had the powers of the Iron Fist (or Drunken Dragon Fist, as it was called in his era), allowing him to channel chi energy into his fist to make it superhumanly strong and pain resistant.

    He was a master of the Shaolin Hung Ga martial art.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 120 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray (originally black)

History:
(Avengers VII#61 (fb) - BTS) - Wong Fei-Hung mastered Shaolin Hung Ga martial arts.


(Avengers VII#50 - BTS) - Wong Fei-Hung became master of the Drunken Dragon Fist style of martial arts and his skills became legendary during his time.


(Avengers VIII#50) - As he passed through time towards his own present day, the time-traveling Ka-Zar briefly saw Wong Fei-Hung, legendary master of the drunken dragon fist technique.

(Avengers VII#61) - By 1924 A.D., the aged Fei-Hung had become China's mightiest hero and had taken the title of Grandmaster Wong. When Mephisto-possessed civilians attacked Hong Kong, Grandmaster Wong teamed with the kid Spirit of Vengeance, Knuckles O'Shaughnessy, to fight off the demon-possessed people. The bystanders were soon scattered by the arrival of the time-traveling Starbrand (Brandy Selby) and her team of heroic Avengers from the modern era, who admitted their honor at meeting the Grandmaster. Noticing the hot-headed Starbrand off by herself, Grandmaster Wong informed Iron Man that Starbrand had blood as hot as the sun but courage as strong as iron. The Avengers then departed into another time period in their pursuit of Mephisto, leaving Grandmaster Wong and Knuckles O'Shaughnessy behind.

(Avengers III#50) - Over succeeding generations, Wong Fei-Hung's legend became lost to time and his name became long forgotten.

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness and Javier Garron.

    Wong Fei-Hung must have been the Iron Fist that succeeded Orson Randall, who was Iron Fist in 1919 A.D., just a few years before we know Wong was active (1924 A.D.).

    Wong Fei-Hung appears on the cover of Avengers VII#61 alongside numerous other multiversal heroes though he is only seen interacting with the time-traveling modern day Avengers in the actual issue. His appearance on the cover suggests that he was recruited into the Avengers' multiversal army against Mephistobut since we do not actually see him among the Avengers' multiversal army in succeeding issues (that I could find anyway), I have not included the multiversal army in his Group Affiliations. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a cover did not reflect exactly what was in the issue...

    Thanks to Loki for pointing the older Wong in Avengers VII#61! I had originally wrote that appearance off as being another character with a similar name but given the timeframe between Orson Randall in 1919 and Wong in 1924 and the fact that #61 mentions him being a master of the Drunken Dragon Fist, it stands to reason that characters in #50 & #61 are indeed intended to be the same character, perhaps just older in #61. Then again, one might argue that the younger character seen in #50 is a later generation, possibly even the successor to the Grandmaster Wong character in #61 but until we are shown otherwise, I am choosing to go with they are one and the same at different points in time.

    Wong's appearances do differ quite a bit. In Avengers VII#50 & the cover of #61, he appears much younger in an Iron Fist-like outfit but when we see him in the story of #61, he appears much older and in a typical martial arts outfit of the time without any Iron Fist-like designs (as you can see from the images above).

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Wong Fei-Hung
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Avengers VII#61, p7, pan1 (Grandmaster Wong, main image)
Avengers VII#61, p7, pan2 (Grandmaster Wong, headshot)
Avengers VII#50, p22-23, splash page (younger Wong Fei-Hung in Iron Fist-like garb)
Avengers VII#61, front cover (younger Wong Fei-Hung running)


Appearances:
Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022) -
"An Earth Unlike Any Other (Just Like All the Rest)" story - Jason Aaron (writer), Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#61 (December, 2022) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ivan Fiorelli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First posted09/15/2023
Last updated: 09/16/2023

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