Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Marvel Studios developing Shang-Chi feature for Phase 4

Marvel Studios developing Shang-Chi feature for Phase 4

As Marvel Studios prepares for Captain Marvel, the studio is already thinking about it's next blockbuster.

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. In the comics, Shang-Chi is trained from childhood in seclusion; he becomes the world's greatest martial artist.

Chinese-American writer, Dave Callaham, will be writing the screenplay. 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). The studio hopes to entice filmmakers and performers with the potential of creating a world focused on Asian and Asian American themes. Callaham has writing credits on The Expendables, Godzilla, and Zombieland 2, but he's also written for cinematic superheroes: he's on Wonder Woman 1984 and he's been hired to write the script for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.

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Are you excited about the potential for a Shang-Chi film? He first appeared in 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15 as a martial arts expert and remained a strong seller for a decade amid the popularity of martial arts in the United States.

A year ago, we would have sworn Shang-Chi would be the recipient of his own Marvel Netflix series, seeing as he is a more ground level character, but with the cancellation of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, it seems Marvel has much bigger plans for him. Initially, Shang-Chi was the unknown son of Dr. Fu Manchu, an Asian villain centered on racist stereotypes during a time when the Yellow Peril was spreading across North America in the early 1900s (Marvel had acquired the comic book rights to Fu Manchu at the time).

Jessie Wade is a news writer at IGN and loves the idea to develop more diverse Marvel movies.

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