Shang-Chi, Marvel Universe´s firts asian hero

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This is good news for all Asian superhero film fans, Marvel Studios is preparing a film focusing on their Asian superhero Shang-Chi. This movie will be part of Marvel’s next stage known as Phase 4 and it will also be the company's first film withan Asian character as protagonist.

Created by Steven Englehart and Jim Starlin, the character debuted in the Marvel comics in 1973 and a year later he gained an appearance similar to the actor; Bruce Lee. This superhero is the son of a Chinese master, who raised his son in the martial arts environment, while  living in a solitary isolated complex based in China, until gaining the talent that made him the Master of Kung Fu.

The style of the film and its production will be similar to Black Panther’s, because Marvel Studios will have Dave Callaham, an American scriptwriter with Chinese heritage, in charge of writing this feature film, and an all Asian cast. For the moment, the movie’s name, cast, nor directors have been confirmed.

What is certain is that Callaham has a long trajectory, since he worked in the saga of "The Expendables" and "Godzilla" (2014), and was also one of the scriptwriters in "Wonder Woman 1984", which later gave way to the sequel of "Wonder Woman" (2017).

Marvel Studios' proposal is simple: they want to keep betting on diversity. That's why it will continue with the same strategy that the company used for "Black Panther", an African-American talent film starring actor Chadwick Boseman directed by Ryan Coogler, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Sterling K. Brown and Angela Bassett, among others.

It is also the same formula used in the making of "Captain Marvel.” The film being released in March with Brie Larson as star, will be the first film in this series of films to be starred by a woman.

This pattern of diversity used by Marvel, has achieved incredible stories around great characters that turn out to be unique, surprising, attractive, and interesting, with which specific demographic groups African American audience, female audience and now, Asian viewers feel identified. The production of Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios is working on recruiting talent of Asian origin, in front of and behind the cameras.

Shang-Chi has become an important character for Marvel's Comic Universe and has appeared alongside many heroes such as Spiderman, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Misty Knight, and Daredevil, he was also present at the 2012 Marvel Now event, alongside The Avengers.

The Shang-Chi project comes just a few months after a great hit, the romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians", which raised $328 million worldwide and was also the first film produced in a Hollywood studio, in this case by Warner Bros., led by a cast of Asian origin since "The Joy Luck Club.”

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