Marvel Studios Reportedly Fast-Tracking Asian Superhero Movie SHANG-CHI

In a post- AVENGERS 4 world, Marvel Studios will have a much more diverse leads in their cinematic universe. Gone will be the days of white male leads named Chris as the studio will have films featuring BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, BLACK WIDOW, and now SHANG-CHI.

According to Deadline, Marvel Studios is fast-tracking the development of their first Asian superhero movie, SHANG-CHI. The outlet writes:

"Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. The studio has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline hears Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther. That film tied into African and African American cultures and the sensibilities of its nearly all-black cast, with a black director in Ryan Coogler and writer in Joe Robert Cole. The goal here is to do a similar thing: introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.

"Callaham has strong credentials in the superhero and franchise-building realms and his own experiences as a Chinese-American will inform the Shang-Chi movie mythology, sources said. His recent work includes co-writing with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns the upcoming DC Warner Bros sequel Wonder Woman 1984, and he is writing Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. He also wrote initial drafts of Zombieland 2, which begins production in January, and created and produced Amazon’s recent action comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring Jean- Claude Van Damme. Callaham also created the Expendables franchise as well as the story for the Legendary’s Godzilla reboot."

If you're not familiar with Shang-Chi, he is a master of kung-fu who has the ability to create an endless amount of duplicates of himself. This could lead to some very cool visuals and fight sequences. The character was modeled on the appearance of the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. 

To read more about Shang-Chi on Marvel's character page, click right here.