Marvel Is Set To Release First Asian American Movie Franchise with “Shang Chi”6 months ago by Amber Le in Movie News
Marvel isn’t letting up on their reign of superhero movies. MCU has spent the past 10 years turning themselves into a billion dollar, multi-movie franchise and they’re not ready to give up the crown yet. After the release of Black Panther, it seems as though Kevin Feige is ready to continue breaking down barriers and that includes diversity and staying true to the original comics characteristics.
Marvel Studios has always worked with a number of directors and producers from different backgrounds such as Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Brie Larson, Ryan Coogler and more. Now they’re looking for Asian and Asian-American directors for the new film, Shang Chi. The company has already secured Dave Callahan to write the screenplay. Feige is aiming to make this movie a cultural movement as Black Panther was.
Deadline just recently reported, King Fu Master Shang-Chi is well on his way to getting his own film. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, hatched by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. The script will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.