5 Things to Know About Shang-Chi, Marvel's Kung-Fu Superhero Movie

With excitement for Captain Marvel still high and anticipation rising for next month’s Endgame, we’re already thinking ahead to the next generation of movies from Marvel Studios. This week, we learned that the upcoming Shang-Chi now has a director—here’s everything we know about the character and the movie.

Shang-Chi’s director knows a few Marvel stars.

Destin Daniel Cretton is officially attached to direct Shang-Chi, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cretton has previously worked with Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, directing her in the 2013 indie flick Short Term 12 and again in the 2017 drama The Glass Castle. He’s currently filming a third movie with Larson, Just Mercy, which also stars Black Panther villain Michael B. Jordan.

Shang-Chi will be the first Asian lead in a Marvel Studios movie.

While the title of “first Asian Marvel movie superhero” technically goes to Lewis Tan for his performance as Shatterstar in Deadpool 2, that movie was part of 20th Century Fox’s stable of movies and not the official MCU. On the small screen we’ve also had Colleen Wing, played by Jessica Henwick in Netflix shows Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders. But Shang-Chi will mark the first time in Marvel history that an Asian character is the on-screen lead.

The character is a “master of kung fu.”

Shang-Chi was originally created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin in 1972 as Marvel’s answer to the Kung Fu television show. They were unable to buy the rights to that series, so instead they acquired the character of pulp villain Fu Manchu, and introduced Shang-Chi as his son. Trained from birth as a master of martial arts, Shang-Chi has teamed up in the comics with some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, including Captain America and Iron Man.

The film’s writer is a comic book movie expert.

The movie will be penned by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callahm, who has excellent superhero credentials. He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming DC sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and has reportedly been hired to work on a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Shang-Chi will be a part of Marvel’s diverse next phase.

No release date is set yet, but we should have more information about this movie once the current Marvel phase comes to an end in the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, which comes out on April 26. Following the recent successes of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, we can expect a more diverse line-up of heroes in Marvels’ next cycle of movies; in addition to Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios are reportedly casting an openly gay actor in The Eternals.

Source: Read Full Article