Although the project hasn’t officially been announced, it’s been widely reported that Marvel is looking to launch their first Asian lead
Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, was asked at a fan event for Vengeurs: Fin du jeu in Shanghai if there might be a Chinese Avenger in the future. He responded (passant par ComicBook): “This is not an Endgame question, this is a question about the future/ I’m not supposed to answer questions about the future but in this case, I will because the answer is yes.”
Fans have interpreted this to mean Shang-Chi – although the project hasn’t officially been announced, there have been extensive rumours and reports, with news of the film expected to arrive at some point after the release of Fin du jeu.
Created by Steven Englehart and Jim Starlin, Shang-Chi made his first appearance in December 1973 following the boom of martial arts films thanks to the success of Enter the Dragon. He’s the son of a China-based globalist who, after being raised in a reclusive compound, developed “unsurpassed skills” in kung fu.
Reports have indicated that Short Term 12‘s Destin Daniel Cretton has already been hired to direct, with the studio now in search of an actor to star as the studio’s first Asian lead.
Dans an interview with India’s CNN News-18, Feige further teased the project, ajouter: “I think every movie that we do is a risk. We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks. Doing the story of an Asian-American hero of Chinese heritage is something that is very intriguing to us. It will be really different and special.”
“I hope audiences around the world respond to it in the same way they did to Steve Rogers.. whether they have American flag or not. It’s about the individual storyline, spectacle and adventure that come with Marvel Studios movies.”
Vengeurs: Fin du jeu est sorti dans les cinémas britanniques le 25 avril.