Marvel Studios is Developing a Shang-Chi Movie

This is Shang-Chi. If you think he looks like Bruce Lee you’re not the only one

Any studio would love to replicate that kind of success, and it looks like Marvel is taking steps to attempt to catch lightning in a bottle again. But one additional piece of big Marvel news has leaked out before either of those dropped.

Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is set to pen the screenplay for the project while the trade reports that Marvel Studios is eyeing Asian and Asian-American directors to helm the project. With that in mind, Callaham is an excellent choice to guide the film's story.

Avengers: Infinity War was a financial smash for Marvel Studios this year, but Black Panther actually made more money in the United States and now sits at #3 on the all-time box office domestic grosses list.

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.

For those unfamiliar, Shang-Chi is a martial artist who is also a super hero, and known as the "Master of Kung-Fu" in the Marvel Universe. 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). In the comics, Shang-Chi was raised in a secret compound to become "the master of Kung-Fu.".After becoming an agent for his father, Shang-Chi eventually realized that he was serving an evil master and turned against him.

Anyway, this is all very exciting news, and we're very curious to see how Shang-Chi will fit in with the rest of the already-established MCU (and, indeed, what role the character will play there following the events of the forthcoming sequel to Avengers: Infinity War).

The general plot holds that Shang-Chi was born in Hunan Province in communist China.

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