Marvel Studios is bringing the “Master of Kung Fu” to the big screen! Deadline reports that Marvel has hired David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) to pen a script for Shang-Chi. Depending on the casting for The Eternals, Shang-Chi could be Marvel Studios’ first film with an Asian hero in the lead.
Marvel is said to already be looking at Asian and Asian-American directors to helm the project. The studio is committed to creating a more inclusive cinematic universe, in front of and behind the camera. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also smart business considering the phenomenal success of Black Panther this year.
President of Marketing, The Walt Disney Studios Asad Ayaz tweeted Deadline‘s article, so we can pretty much count this news as confirmed.
— Asad Ayaz (@asadayaz) December 3, 2018
Shang-Chi was introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973. Raised to be an assassin by his father, Shang-Chi eventually fought to bring down his father’s criminal empire. For most of his time in comics, Shang-Chi has not had super powers in the traditional sense, but his mastery of martial arts makes him as formidable as most Marvel heroes. Technically, he’s not enhanced. Effectively, however, he kind of is.
There has been an occasion where there were several Shang-Chi duplicates due to an Origin Bomb, but that does not necessarily mean Shang-Chi can or will be able to duplicate himself in the MCU. My guess is he won’t.
This is really exciting news! Shang-Chi has a ton of potential and we’ve never had a true martial arts movie in the MCU. Remember that this is Marvel Studios we’re talking about here, so there should be no concern of a disappointment similar to the canceled Iron Fist.