Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Shang-Chi To Mark Marvel's First Superhero Franchise With Asian Lead

Jake Newby By Jake Newby 15 hours ago
Stacy Diaz | 04 December, 2018, 14:56

They are looking to do something similar for Asian audiences that Black Panther did for African and African-American culture with its almost all-black cast, black director (Ryan Coogler) and black writer (Joe Robert Cole). While Marvel Studios has kept mum about any and all upcoming projects so as to keep the secrets of Avengers 4 intact, word is starting to leak about what they have on tap for the post-Avengers 4 MCU.

The film will be written by Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (who also co-write Wonder Woman 1984, in addition to creating and producing Amazon's Jean-Claude Van Johnson), and Marvel is now looking at various Asian and Asian-American filmmakers who might be interested in directing.

Marvel studios, probably recognising the phenomenal success of Black Panther as something they'd be interested in repeating, has fast-tracked its first ever superhero film featuring an Asian protagonist. He has also written or co-written scripts for unreleased films Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.

Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 197, the script will reportedly modernize the source material in order to avoid the character stereotypes of the time. The goal is to have a film with a hero that blends Asian and Asian-American themes. The Fu Manchu connection, however, was eventually retconned when Marvel lost the rights to that character and it was revealed that "Fu Manchu" was an alias for Shang-Chi's real father, the sorcerer Zhang Zu. The film will also tie into the Marvel Universe and it's powerhouse franchises.

Shang-Chi is, admittedly, an obscure Marvel character, one this writer was entirely unfamiliar with prior to today's news. His father, a powerful mastermind set on global domination, has him raised in a compound where he is trained in martial arts until he is ready to go out into the world to do his father's bidding. And since a movie brings a bigger budget than a TV series, you can expect to see the mystical side of Shang-Chi's mythos explored more on the big screen.