Marvel Studios is about to begin work on its first superhero film with an Asian lead, according to Deadline. Shang-Chi is on the way from the comics giant. Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is on script duty. The site states that Marvel Studios is looking at Asian and Asian-American directors for the film. Callaham is known for co-writing Wonder Woman 1984 with Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins. He’s also working on the recently-announced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
The character was first seen in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973 and was created by Steven Engelhart and Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi fights unarmed, as well as with weapons like a gun, nunchaku and jian in the wushu style. He can also create duplicates of himself.
Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu and was trained by his father and his father’s instructors in martial arts, eventually realizing that Fu Manchu isn’t a good man. Shang-Chi has also been an Avenger. The site states that the character will be updated to avoid stereotypes that are a sad part of comic book history.
Shang-Chi has worked with Iron Fist, The Thing, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Nick Fury, setting the character in a perfect position to join the team as Marvel Studios moves into its next phase. He’s also been a member of Heroes for Hire, which some have speculated might end up bringing back the characters from some of the recently-canceled Netflix series on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+.
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