Meet the First Marvel’s Asian Superhero: Shang-Chi

A doctor, billionaire, super-soldier, super-spy; any superhero characteristics that you can mention, they have it. How about an oriental superhero?

Expanding their franchise, Marvel stated recently that they are fast-tracking their first Asian Superhero film, named Shang-Chi. Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin sometime in the 70s, Shang-Chi is an extraordinary master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based combat, Wushu style. And he was also known for his ability to create duplicates of himself. Isn’t that cool?

The movie is poised to be penned by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham, the man behind Wonder Woman 1984 & Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). They are looking for an Asian or Asian-American as director. Marvel wants this film to be specially-crafted for Asian and Asian-American community.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.
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Writer: Ervina Michelle Liem
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim

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