Character » Cat appears in 76 issues.

    The Cat is a master martial artist, and former secret agent of the People's Republic of China. His skill at melee and hand to hand combat rivals the top combatants in the Marvel Universe.

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    Shen Kuei is a Hong Kong based secret agent/mercenary who gained the name "The Cat" due to his stealthy, cunning nature. He also has a tattoo of a cat on his chest. He is a former enemy and current rival of the Master of Kung Fu, Shang Chi.

    Mayor Story Arcs

    With Shang Chi

    The first time Shen Kuei met Shang Chi was when Shang was sent to Hong Kong to recieve documents Kuei had stolen on mission from the Chinese government. Kuei was no longer working for the Chinese when Shang arrived, and in fact had formed a relationship with a retired British intelligence officer named Juliette. Shang was told that Juliette's life was in danger from The Cat and arrived with the intention to rescue Juliette and retrieve the stolen British documents. Juliette cleared all of this up by telling Shang the location of the documents and requesting that he and MI-6 leave her and Shen Kuei alone. Upon arriving at the scene of Shang and Juliette speaking to one another, Shen Kuei mistakenly assumed Juliette had been a mole for MI-6, faking her retirement and her love to get close to him, so she could rat out his location to MI-6. Shen Kuei believed that Shang was a government assassin and began a heated, merciless fight that proved to both Shang and Shen that their skills were equal. The deadly duel did not stop until Juliette stabbed herself in the shoulder, as she could not gain the attention of either combat through shouting. Ashamed of himself, Shen Kuei comforted Juliette and gave a knife to Shang, telling him he had earned the right to kill him. Shang refused and left for London.

    Government Agent and other Heroes

    Shen Kuei's relationship with Juliette saw some strain as he returned to the Chinese government, which prompted her to break up with him due to the major difference in their political views. Shen would eventually break away from the service of any government after his brother was killed due to Shen's involvement in the espionage arena, and Juliette and Shen eventually reconciled and are as far as anyone knows, still together. To make a living, Shen currently pursues the career of a freelance mercenary with an unmarred record of success in battle, with only a few draws to Shang Chi to draw attention away from his successes. Shen Kuei has tangled with other characters from the Marvel Universe. including Spider-Man, Wolverine, and most famously Deadpool, who he defeated. Deadpool now admires Shen "The Cat" Kuei as a God amongst killers, as do many mercenaries, secret agents, and assassins around the world.

    Powers and Abilities

    Shen Kuei is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant with expertise in various martial arts. He is one of the greatest living masters of the martial arts, whose skill rivals that of Iron Fist and Shang-Chi. His physical strength level is on par with a gifted athlete his age and build. Shen Kuei's agility and speed is considered peak human; all of his prowess levels can be boosted when he manifests his chi.


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