Marvel Studios announced the latest project that it has in development. It’s one that harkens a step forward in diversifying the studio’s heroic roster.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the superhero powerhouse is developing a movie with it’s first Asian lead based on the hero Shang-Chi. Shang-Chi is definitely a character not as well-known to more casual audiences. He’s known in the Marvel Universe as the Master of Kung-Fu.
David Callaham, who helped penned the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel, will pen the script for the project. At this time, a director is not attached.
Shang-Chi was created by Thanos creator Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in 1973, debuting in Special Marvel Edition No. 15. Shang-Chi is the son of the pulp villain Fu Manchu and was trained to be an assassin by his father. Rejecting his father’s teachings, however, Shang-Chi’s rebelled and became a hero instead. Like one does when trained to be an assassin by the parent.
Comics, it happens more than you think it does in them.
While modern audiences won’t recognize the name, the character was really popular throughout the 70s. He was revived in 2012 for the Marvel NOW! Avengers title.
Currently, there is no release date for the Shang-Chi film.