Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Marvel's First Movie With An Asian Lead Character Is Moving Forward

Marvel's First Movie With An Asian Lead Character Is Moving Forward

Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing, with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing. Previously, the studio recruited Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham to pen the script. Callaham is also co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns and is now writing the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Sony.

Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist.

Larson just starred in "Captain Marvel", Marvel's first solo movie with a female main character, which earned $455 million in its opening weekend, the biggest global box-office debut ever for any female-led movie.

Deadline's report stresses that Marvel is looking to handle Shang-Chi in a manner similar to Black Panther.

Cretton's prior credits include Short Term 12, which was adapted from a short film he made in 2009. Cretton formed a solid working relationship with star Brie Larson, and went on to direct her again in 2017's The Glass Castle.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China. More recently, Shang-Chi has appeared as a member of Heroes for Hire and various iterations of The Avengers.

This decision by Marvel Studio to tackle a movie featuring Shang-Chi is an interesting one, since there has yet to be an Asian superhero in any movie previously, and this would be the first Asian superhero in a Marvel Studios movie, unless you count Doctor Strange's loyal assistant Wong.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel also plans to feature a largely Asian and Asian-American cast in the movie.

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