Marvel is reportedly planning its first movie with an Asian lead

Shang-Chi

The film will be written by Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (who also co-write Wonder Woman 1984, in addition to creating and producing Amazon's Jean-Claude Van Johnson), and Marvel is now looking at various Asian and Asian-American filmmakers who might be interested in directing.

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.

Deadline reports that Marvel Studios is working on bringing their character Shang-Chi to the screen, which would be their first superhero film to feature an Asian lead. He became an Avenger himself in 2012 during the Marvel NOW! relaunch and also appeared most recently in 2017's "Secret Empire" storyline. With that in mind, Callaham is an excellent choice to guide the film's story.

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In addition to his work on The Expendables and the 2014 version of Godzilla, Dave Callaham also co-wrote the script for Wonder Woman 1984 and he is set to pen the screenplay for Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel. In 1972, white Marvel staffers Steve Englehart (writer) and Jim Starlin (artist) were tasked with making an original series that tapped into the popularity of martial arts action films-and would make up for Marvel's failure to get the comic rights to the TV series Kung-Fu.

While we wait for more news on Marvel's Shang-Chi, read IGN's review of Crazy Rich Asians where we said, "Crazy Rich Asians is a Cinderella story with a cast that deserves to be seen in a lot more films". The comic was inspired by the success of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, and Shang-Chi's adventures garnered a strong fan following. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. One imagines this Shang-Chi movie, with an Asian protagonist, will go over a bit better than Marvel TV's now cancelled Iron Fist...

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