Marvel reportedly wants to follow Black Panther's success with Shang-Chi film

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The project is in the early stages with no director or actors yet attached.

As Marvel Studios prepares for Captain Marvel, the studio is already thinking about it's next blockbuster.

Shang-Chi, which is also Chinese for "rising of the spirit", was written by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin and released in 1973 at the height of the "kung-fu" popularity of "Enter the Dragon", which was released the same year.

According to Deadline, Marvel studios has put Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham in charge of writing the screenplay and is now looking for potential Asian and Asian-American directors to head the film.

According to Deadline, Marvel Studios has hired Chinese American screenwriter Dave Callaham to write the script for a Shang-Chi movie, which is based on the character of the same name. Callaham's past work includes creating the "Expendables" franchise, Legendary studio's "Godzilla" franchise, and most recently, co-writing DC's upcoming "Wonder Woman 1984" with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns.

A year ago, we would have sworn Shang-Chi would be the recipient of his own Marvel Netflix series, seeing as he is a more ground level character, but with the cancellation of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, it seems Marvel has much bigger plans for him. It would be their first movie with an Asian hero in the leading role.

Indeed, not only is Black Panther one of Marvel Studios' most successful films thus far, it's by far their most critically acclaimed.

Shang-Chi is the son of the internationally renowned powerful criminal mastermind Fu Manchu.

Kevin Feige and his team are reportedly developing a Shang-Chi movie, which is centered on the martial arts master first created in the comics in the 1970s. With the right director and cast, Marvel could do something very special with a Shang-Chi story. While we're waiting on those to roll in: who would you like to see play Shang-Chi?

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