It was announced late last year that Disney was concidering adding the Marvel martial artist character, Shang-Chi, to the already growing roster for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, according to reports by Deadline, they have moved passed considering it to hiring a director.
Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton has been selected to direct Marvel’s first film that will star an Asian protagonist in the leading role. At the moment Cretton is directing Just Mercy with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan so it is fare to assume Shang-Chi will be his next project.
You can be forgiven for not knowing the character of Shang-Chi, his comic sales were never at the top of the charts. He first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973. It launched around the time that the globally successful film Enter the Dragon was released. In the comic Shang-Chi was raised, educated, and trained in martial arts in a Chinese compound closed off to the outside world. It is in his seclusion that he managed to develop unsurpassed skills in Kung Fu.
At the moment there is no release date for the Shang-Chi movie, but this is to be expected. Marvel is keeping their lips shut about future projects until after Avengers: Endgame finishes its run in the theater. However, my estimation is that it will be in the early part of 2021.
What do you think of getting a Kung Fu martial artist added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is it a property that you are looking forward to? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.