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Marvel Studios Fast Tracking Development of First Asian Superhero Franchise

Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first Asian superhero franchise, reports Deadline

The first Shang-Chi comics appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973. In the comics, Shang-Chi has been training in the martial arts since he was a boy. He trains in a Chinese compound that is closed off from the outside world. Once he sent into the outside world to work for his father, a Chinese globalist and humanitarian named Fu Manchu, he realizes his father is evil and rebels against him. His rebellion begins his path towards becoming a superhero.

The studio has asked Chinese American screenwriter David Callaham to write the screenplay. According to Variety, Callaham co-wrote the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns. Deadline reports that the Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian American directors to direct the film.

Several Asian American actors have tweeted in support and excitement.

Some have even expressed interest in acting in the film.

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