Marvel's first Asian superhero movie in the works
Marvel has been making tremendous headway in building its cinematic universe. While fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Avengers 4, the film will also mark the end of Phase 3 of Marvel. Therefore, the studio is looking to expand its film content and is working on an Eternals movie. Now, reports suggest that it also has sights on an exotic superhero, Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi, the Asian superhero, is better known as the Master of Kung-Fu in Marvel. He first appeared in 1973 Special Marvel Edition No. 15, made by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart. He started his training to become a martial art assassin under his father Fu Manchu. However, he rebelled and became a superhero instead. Shang-Chi enjoyed immense popularity during the 1970s and was revived recently.
While the film is in nascent stages and the studio has not even selected an actor or director yet, Dave Callaham is slated to write the script. Dave, a Chinese-American himself, has worked with Patty Jenkins on the upcoming DC sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and collaborated with Sylvester Stallone for the 2010s Expendables movie. Notably, this will be the first Marvel Asian superhero film.
Marvel's 'Iron Fist' faced quite a backlash for casting a white actor in the role of a martial arts master, instead of increasing diversity and choosing a Chinese-American actor. So, it seems likely Marvel will not repeat the same mistake.
Marvel is diversifying its cast and superhero base with this new film. This is in line with the vision of Marvel's President, Kevin Feige. Feige believes global inclusiveness should be the mantra of their superhero movies and people from any background should be able to see themselves reflected in the superheroes. The new film is, thus, a step in the right direction.