Now Reading
Shang-Chi Announced as Marvel’s First Asian Superhero Franchise

Shang-Chi Announced as Marvel’s First Asian Superhero Franchise

Marvel's Shang-Chi

Black Panther proved just how successful a superhero franchise featuring, written by, and directed by people of color could be. With Shang-Chi, Marvel’s first franchise starring an Asian superhero, the studio aims to continue to diversify its universe. According to Deadline, Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham has been tapped to write the screenplay, and the search for an Asian or Asian-American director is on.

Callaham is no stranger to the world of superhero movies. His writing credits include the recently announced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 and Wonder Woman 1984, the upcoming sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman. He also penned the screenplay for Zombieland 2.

Also called the Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi’s story debuted in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973, during the heyday of martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon. The son of a mastermind with dreams of conquering the world, Shang-Chi was trained in the martial arts, developing unrivaled skills in armed and unarmed-based wushu styles. He rebelled against his villainous father and traveled the world as a secret agent and hero who even briefly joined the Avengers, where he gained the power to duplicate himself.

According to Deadline, Marvel plans to fast-track the film. However, no date has been released. We’ll keep you updated as more information is made available.


How Do We Move Beyond the “Strong Black Woman” Trope for Suicide in Film?
What's Your Reaction?
In Love
Not Sure
View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll To Top