If your like me you may be reading the headline and saying who? You wouldn’t be the only one, but Marvel seems to definitely be taking what they said about the next phase of movies being different after Avengers 4. We have known for a while that we are definitely going to be seeing lesser known characters get their due on the big screen with movies like The Eternals. But now with rumors of Marvel fast tracking a Shang-Chi movie, it looks like things are going to really be taking a different route movie wise.
For those of you like me who are wondering, who is Shang-Chi, Shang-Chi is a martial-artist master known to be one of the deadliest unarmed fighters and masters of Kung Fu to have ever lived. He was born in China and was raised to be a deadly assassin by his father who was an immortal crime lord and sorcerer named Fu Manchu. Learning of his fathers evil ways, he then aligned himself with his fathers enemy Denis Nayland Smith. He travels the world helping fight crime and defeating his father in any way he can.
The movie is a far departure from the “superhero” movies that we have seen on the big screen so far. Aside from Hawkeye and Black Widow, we don’t really have any superheroes who don’t have any type of superpower or high tech armor. Shang-Chi relies on his skills in Kung Fu and that is it. One of the reasons Marvel is fast tracking the movie is that they hope to repeat the success of Black Panther, which brought non-Caucasian actors, directors, and even screenwriters to the forefront of the movie and represent the Asian community correctly on the big screen. It is said the goal for Marvel is to “introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.”
Marvel has even apparently tapped a screenwriter for the movie as it is said that Asian American screenwriter David Callaham has been asked to write the screen play. Callaham is known for writing The Expendables, and has wrote for Wonder Woman 1984, as well as being hired to write the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The plan for the movie is to modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of the era were saddled with. While it seems like the character would fit perfectly in the Netflix Marvel Universe as in the comics he was a “Hero For Hire”; Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and now Daredevil have all be cancelled and don’t seem to be returning.
So what do you think about Marvel bring Shang-Chi to the MCU? Do you think that he will be able to carry his own movie? Are you excited to see the first Asian superhero led movie? Let us know what you think in the comments below!