Marvel Studios is reportedly fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first Asian superhero franchise.

Deadline has reported that the studio has set Chinese-American writer, Dave Callaham, to pen the screenplay, and according to their report Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors to create something as impressive as Ryan Coogler did with Black Panther.

The goal with Shang-Chi is to do a similar kind of thing, introducing a new Asian hero who blends together Asian-American themes, in a project crafty by Asian and Asian-American filmmakers. It’s clear that moving forward Marvel plans to continue their success by placing an importance on inclusion and ethnic diversity, both in front and behind the camera.

Callaham has some impressive credentials in the superhero genre, as his recent work includes co-writing with Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman 1984, as well as currently working on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. He also wrote the initial drafts of Zombieland 2, which is set to begin production in January of 2019. Callaham also created the blockbusting Expendables franchise, and the story for Legendary’s Godzilla reboot.

Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, the creation of Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart. In the comes, the character is the son of a China-based globalist, who raised and educated his child in a Chinese compound, closed off to the world outside. Shang-Chi trained in martial arts and developed unmatched skills.

Eventually, Shang-Chi is introduced to the outside world in order to do his father’s bidding, but then he has to come to terms with the fact that his father may not be the man he thinks he is, and might be closer to the moniker others have given him: The Devil’s Doctor. This deceit makes them bitter enemies.

More on Shang-Chi when we have it.

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