Marvel's Next Superhero Flick Will Feature Its First-Ever Asian Lead

Marvel Developing Shang Chi as Its First Asian Superhero Movie Dave Callaham Set as Writer Reports

In terms of what Marvel hopes to accomplish with Shang-Chi, the immediate reference point is Black Panther, which utilized African-American filmmakers and an nearly all-black cast to create a world and story steeped in African culture and themes that resonated with African and African-American audiences. While Marvel Studios has kept mum about any and all upcoming projects so as to keep the secrets of Avengers 4 intact, word is starting to leak about what they have on tap for the post-Avengers 4 MCU.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China.

Chinese-American writer, Dave Callaham, will be writing the screenplay.

Deadline reports that Marvel Studios is fast-tracking an adaptation of the Shang-Chi comics character for a feature film franchise, which will mark the studio's first Asian protagonist. Callaham already has strong ties to beloved geeky properties, as he co-wrote the script for Wonder Woman 1984, and will be writing the just-announced sequel Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.

Deadline's report goes on to specify that Callaham's screenplay will modernize the character, a move created to "avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with".

Shang-Chi may not be a household name - yet - but he's been a mainstay in the pages of Marvel comics for decades. The character was likely meant as a cash-in on the '70s movie trend of Asian kung-fu cinema, but Shang-Chi lasted way beyond that initial fad.

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Kevin Feige and his team are reportedly developing a Shang-Chi movie, which is centered on the martial arts master first created in the comics in the 1970s.