Kevin Feige Talks About Marvel's Upcoming Martial Arts Film SHANG-CHI
One of the upcoming Marvel films that I’m looking forward to seeing is Shang-Chi. I’m just such a huge fan of martial arts films and the fact that Marvel Studios is going to be making one of their own is exciting!
Kevin Feige teased that Shang-Chi, which is being directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle), will be coming in Marvel’s fourth phase of films. When asked about the film being a part of phase 4 at a press conference, he said:
"This is not an Endgame question, this is a question about the future. I'm not supposed to answer questions about the future but in this case, I will because the answer is yes."
He went on to talk about the movie in an interview with News18, saying that the movie is "very intriguing" to the studio, and that it will be very different than anything that's come before it.
When asked if Shang-Chi was a risk for the studio, he said:
“I think every movie that we do is a risk. We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks. Doing the story of an Asian-American hero of Chinese heritage is something that is very intriguing to us. It will be really different and special.”
He went on to talk about what he hopes the audience reaction to the film will be, saying:
“I hope audiences around the world respond to it in the same way they did to Steve Rogers... whether they have [an] American flag or not. It’s about the individual storyline, spectacle and adventure that come with Marvel Studios movies.”
For those of you not familiar with Shang-Chi, the character first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, and was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. He is the son of a sinister Chinese mastermind and was raised and trained in the martial arts by his father and his instructors. He is described as a spy, a romantic, a philosopher, and an Avenger and is one of the best martial artists in the Marvel universe.
He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.
The film adaptation is also said to “modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged.”
The studio previously hired Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2) to write the script. They have yet to cast the film, but I’m excited and curious to see how this movie comes together.