The future of Marvel is starting to take shape. According to Deadline, we learned that Marvel is working on their first ever Asian-led superhero film. Finally! The gears are in motion as they’ve hired a director for the film. Welcome to the MCU, Destin Daniel Cretton! The director is currently helming Just Mercy, starring MCU alum Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Everything’s connected.
Shang-Chi made his comics debut in 1973 in Special Marvel Edition #15. Known as the “Master of Kung-Fu”, he was proficient in many wushu styles of martial arts. Kung Fu fever was in the air as Marvel had wanted to adapt a popular martial arts television series starring David Carradine. They were denied the rights so they created Shang-Chi and based his look on the actual master of Kung Fu, Bruce Lee. Unfortunately the character has not had much of a history at Marvel and has only popped up a few times throughout the decades.
In addition to Cretton’s hiring, Chinese-American writer David Callum was hired to write the script in December. This is a step in the right direction, especially for representation behind the scenes. However this production took so long to come to the big screen. Shang-Chi was actually listed as one of the characters Marvel were going to include in their film line up back in 2005. So let’s just say this is a very long time coming and hopefully when it finally arrives, it’s a lot of fun.
What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to seeing Shang-Chi on the big screen? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Marvel movie news. There is currently no release date for the film.