SHANG-CHI Film in Development as MCU's First Asian Lead - Report

Shang-Chi
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David Callaham
David Callaham
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Marvel Studios is developing a Shang-Chi feature film, according to Deadline.

Known as the Master of Kung-Fu, in comic books Shang-Chi is one of the Marvel Universe's most deadly deadly hand-to-hand fighters, and even made it to the Avengers based on his skill.

Shang-Chi has been on Marvel's radar for a potential big-screen franchise for over a decade. In 2005 when Marvel announced the financial deal with Paramount for 2008's Iron Man, Marvel specifically named Shang-Chi as one of 10 other characters that were being considered for films. (Newsarama is also keen on the idea - here's how we think Shang-Chi could fit in the MCU).

Marvel Studios has reportedly hired Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham to pen Shang-Chi, and is seeking an Asian-American director to helm the project; Deadline says Marvel sees the potential for a Black Panther-like cultural moment.

Callaham previously co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and will reportedly "modernize" the concept to avoid the stereotypes inherent in Shang-Chi's 1970s origins.

No projected release date or further details of the plot for Shang-Chi have been reported.

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