Marvel Studios Developing Asian Superhero Film 'Shang-Chi'

Marvel Studios Developing Asian Superhero Film 'Shang-Chi'”

The studio is reportedly searching for a director who wants to do something as "potentially monumental" as Black Panther by introducing a new superhero in a project that combines Asian and Asian American themes through the eyes of Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

As Marvel Studios prepares for Captain Marvel, the studio is already thinking about it's next blockbuster.

The film will be written by Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (who also co-write Wonder Woman 1984, in addition to creating and producing Amazon's Jean-Claude Van Johnson), and Marvel is now looking at various Asian and Asian-American filmmakers who might be interested in directing.

If the "Shang-Chi" movie gets made, it would mark the first time that a Marvel feature film has centered on an Asian character as a protagonist. He recently co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 with director Patty Jenkins and DC Comics legend Geoff Johns, has been tapped to write a sequel to the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and worked on both the 2014 Godzilla reboot and the soon-to-be-filming Zombieland 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". His father, a powerful mastermind set on global domination, has him raised in a compound where he is trained in martial arts until he is ready to go out into the world to do his father's bidding.

Are you excited about the potential for a Shang-Chi film?

Shang-Chi is, admittedly, an obscure Marvel character, one this writer was entirely unfamiliar with prior to today's news. With the right director and cast, Marvel could do something very special with a Shang-Chi story. 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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