Kevin Feige wasn’t kidding when he said the MCU was going to change in big ways beyond Avengers 4. Hot off the press, Deadline is now reporting that Marvel Studios is fast-tracking a Shang-Chi film in development with David Callaham as the film’s scribe and a plan to hire an Asian director to spearhead the project. A few weeks back, our friends at That Hashtag Show reported that David Callaham was commissioned to work on an upcoming MCU film. We’re incredibly excited to know that this is it.
Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. The studio has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline hears Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther.
Longtime readers of the site know our connection with Shang-Chi. One of our earliest scoops was that we heard the character would make his way into the then-in-development Iron Fist show. It’s a scoop we still get a lot of shit for that we’re glad to eat. Interestingly enough, we heard from a more reliable source almost a year ago that Shang-Chi had made its way under Marvel Studios’ thumb and that the studio had plans to collaborate with the immensely lucrative Chinese market.
Overall, this is pretty exciting news as it subverts audiences expectations for what the MCU beyond Avengers 4 could be. We may get a good balance of grounded contained stories and overlapping cosmic sagas.