Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist. Chinese-American scribe David Callaham has been hired to write the screenplay, and the hunt is on to find an Asian or Asian-American director.
After the crazy success of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians it seems that Marvel (and Hollywood) is going all in on diverse tentpoles. Callaham’s recent work includes co-writing Wonder Woman 1984, and he recently signed on to script Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973. Here’s his origin story 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.
Some people already suspect that Marvel has already cast Shang-Chi. Remy Hii joined the cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home back in August in an undisclosed. Could Marvel secretly be introducing Shang-Chi in Far From Home to build him up before his solo film? I guess we’ll find out.
Shang-Chi now joins Black Panther 2, The Eternals, and Black Widow for films in development for 2020 and beyond.
Are you excited to see an Asian superhero headline his own film?