'Shang-Chi' to Be the MCU's First Asian-led Film | Def Pen
Marvel is fast-tracking development on a ‘Shang-Chi’ film as part of their Phase 4 plans. (Marvel)

Marvel Studios is fast-tracking development on a Shang-Chi film, according to Deadline. The planned Phase 4 film would be Marvel’s first film with an Asian protagonist. Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is attached to write the screenplay.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is a martial arts master who was raised in isolation by his globalist father. However, after learning the truth, his father was known as The Devil Doctor to the rest of the world, Shang-Chi turned on his father. He struggles with this revelation and a life of lies as he and his father become sworn enemies.

Callaham has plenty of experience working on franchises and superhero films. He helped write the upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and is being tapped to write Sony’s follow-up to Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse. He also wrote early drafts of Zombieland 2 and created the Expendables franchise.

However, Callaham’s next projects are two Netflix-produced comedies. The first is Jackpot, a black-listed script being directed by Will Gluck. He is also producing the animated feature America: The Motion Picture, a script he wrote. Channing Tatum, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, and Archer’s Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, are also attached to produce with Thompson directing.

He’s got two comedies at Netflix: Callaham wrote the Black List-ed dark comedy caper script Jackpot, which Will Gluck will direct; and he wrote and is producing with Channing Tatum, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, and Archer’s Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, the animated comedy America: The Motion Picture. Thompson is directing.

Marvel hasn’t announced any cast or release date information for Shang-Chi.


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