Continuing its winning streak of diversity, The Marvel Cinematic Universe will see their first movie with an Asian lead superhero when they release Shang-Chi, based on the comic book Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu. Though they haven’t released much information regarding what fans can expect from the film, Marvel has chosen its director in Destin Daniel Cretton, best known for his 2017 The Glass Castle.
The script will be written by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham. Callaham is no stranger to comic book movies, as he co-wrote the script for DC’s Wonder Woman 1984. He is also currently working on the script for the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and therefore has experience writing for diverse superheroes
From the Marvel.com characters encyclopedia:
“Shang-Chi is the son of an internationally-renowned and powerful criminal mastermind. His childhood was a lonely one, full of constant training in rigorous mental and martial arts and with only limited contact with his parents.
Finally, the day had come. While still a teen, he was given his first mission outside the walls of his father’s retreat in Honan, China. He was to assassinate his father’s enemy. As he knew nothing but that his father was a great humanitarian and savior of mankind, Shang-Chi felt nothing short of unquestioning loyalty. He stole into his victim’s home in Mayfair, London, and delivered his killing strike! Almost immediately, he was confronted by another of his father’s enemies, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, who told Shang-Chi the truth about his father’s evil deeds. Shang-Chi’s mastery of kung-fu enabled him to escape, but he sought out his mother, who confessed the truth as well. Shang-Chi, finally aware of his father’s manipulations, declared himself to be his father’s mortal enemy, devoting his life to the overthrow of his criminal empire.”
Currently, Marvel does not yet have a cast or release date for
Shang-Chi, but with a writer and director already attached, late 2020 is definitely a possibility.