Marvel Studios is expanding their stable of characters, again. This time with a movie adaptation of Shang-Chi, Marvel Universe’s answer to Bruce Lee. Hoping to mirror the success of Black Panther, the upcoming film will be the studio’s first superhero franchise to feature an Asian protagonist.
According to a new report from Deadline, Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham, who was recently involved in the scripting of Wonder Woman 1984, has been tapped to develop the screenplay for the upcoming Shang-Chi movie. While there are no directors attached to the project yet, it’s rumoured that Kevin Feige and the team are looking for an Asian director too. This falls in line with the companies decision to show diversity and inclusion, in front of and behind the camera.
For those who don’t know, Shang-Chi has had a long history in comic books after being introduced in 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15. Often referred to as the Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. The character has been associated with Secret Avengers, Heroes for Hire, MI-6, Freelance Restorations and even The Avengers. Although most of his skills revolve around his knowledge of martial arts, in the comics he later gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself too.
Of course, Marvel has yet to officially announce the Shang-Chi film. In fact, the studio has remained mum about their productions beyond Avengers 4. Either way, with Iron Fist cancelled, there is a place for a martial arts superhero in the MCU.