Following up on the recent news that DC and Warner Brothers are developing a Blue Beetle movie with a Latino lead, this week we are hearing that Marvel is in the process of setting up their first Asian-led superhero flick. They are reportedly developing a solo movie for Shang-Chi, a character created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin that originated from the Kung Fu craze of the ’70s. Clearly both studios are chasing the success of Black Panther and the undeniable response to minority representation in major blockbuster films. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
According to Deadline, Marvel is currently fast-tracking a Shang-Chi movie and they have hired Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham to pen the screenplay. Callaham has written screenplays for The Expendables and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 plus he also created the Amazon TV series Jean-Claude Van Johnson. The studio is reportedly meeting with Asian and Asian-American directors but as of yet there is no word on who might be on their shortlist.
No doubt Marvel is looking to make up for the Iron Fist series, which was widely criticized for casting a white actor in the lead role. Granted, Shang-Chi is a much more obscure character but Marvel’s brand is so strong at this point that individual name recognition almost seems irrelevant. At the moment, we still don’t know much about Marvel’s Phase 4 line-up, but it sounds like this might be a part of it. Are you looking forward to a Shang-Chi movie?