Shang-Chi Actor Criticized Marvel’s Lack Of Asian Leads In 2014

The star of the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings once criticized Marvel for its lack of diversity in the MCU in a tweet that has now become amusing in hindsight. 

Shang-Chi is a martial arts-themed hero who debuted in the ’70s as a reaction to the success of the Kung Fu TV show. There have been several attempts to make a movie involving Shang-Chi for years, with Marvel Studios planning on making a film about him back in 2006 as part of its deal with Paramount Pictures. Shang-Chi will be hitting the big screen in 2021, as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be part of Phase 4 of the MCU; and it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that Simu Liu would be playing Shang-Chi, which will make him the first Asian lead of an MCU film.

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It seems that Liu was ready to address a message he wrote on his Twitter page concerning the lack of diversity in the MCU, as he quickly responded to a tweet he made in 2014 concerning the lack of an Asian-American hero. This is the second time that one of Liu’s tweets became relevant, as he tweeted about the role of Shang-Chi when he was lobbying to be part of the movie back in 2018. Check out the tweet below:

Simu Liu was born in China and raised in Canada, but there is still a question as to what Shang-Chi’s nationality will be. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will likely be set in Australia, as that is where the bulk of the filming is set to take place, which means that there is a good chance that Shang-Chi could be Australian.

The MCU was often criticized for its lack of diversity during the first few movies, especially as the original lineup of the Avengers was composed entirely of caucasian actors, and only one of them was female. As the MCU grew in scope, there was more of an effort made to diversify the cast and crew of the films, even with the occasional controversy relating to whitewashing, as was the case with Tilda Swinton playing the role of Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Joe Russo talked about the effort to make the MCU the gold standard for diversity earlier this year, while Kevin Fiege has mentioned that the success of Black Panther emboldened Marvel to make more diverse movies. Fiege also revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that Valkyrie will be the first LGBTQ hero in the MCU and that her sexuality will be part of the story of Thor: Love and Thunder. 

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Source: Simu Liu

2019-07-21 08:07:45

Scott Baird

Fan Art Imagines Ludi Lin as the MCU’s Shang-Chi | ScreenRant

Fans can now get an idea of how Ludi Lin would look as Shang-Chi, courtesy of some new fan art. Known as The Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi debuted in 1973 and was created by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin in the wake of Bruce Lee’s surging popularity. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu, and was molded by his father to be a “living weapon.” How much of that will translate from the page to the screen, however, remains unknown – with some believing that instead of Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi’s father should the REAL Mandarin.

Shang-Chi was actually part of the original ten-movie line-up that Marvel had planned out in 2005, but fell by the wayside along with other projects. Kevin Feige ultimately resurrected the project, however, with Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham penning the script and Destin Daniel Cretton signing on to direct. This will mark the first ever blockbuster Asian superhero film made by the American studio, and it will make Phase 4 onwards of the MCU an extremely diverse affair. As a result, the potential casting of the character has been the subject of much suggestion and speculation.

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Lin is reportedly one of the actors on the shortlist for the role. Now, thanks to a digital artist by the name of ApexFormMarvel fans get a sense of how the Chinese-Canadian actor would look in the role. Adorned in a comics-accurate costume, and with the character’s traditional weaponry, the artist renders the character with the kind of fittingly Asian backdrop only seen briefly in such MCU films as Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out the image below:

Lin was most recently seen demonstrating his martial arts skills alongside the established MCU alum Pom Klementieff in the ‘Striking Vipers’ episode of Black Mirror. He has also made his mark on the big screen, courtesy of roles in such films as Power Rangers and, more recently, Aquaman. As proven by James Gunn now being set to direct both The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, his inclusion in a DC outing won’t prove much of a hindrance towards joining the MCU. He faces some stiff competition for the role, however, with 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler also said to be in contention. Donnie Yen (from Disney’s upcoming live-action Mulan) is also in talks for a prominent role.

Lin previously spoke to Screen Rant regarding his desire for the role. If that and some beautifully realized fan art was all it took to win the role, Lin would be a shoo-in. As it stands, the official casting remains very much in the air. With Marvel Studios hosting a panel at SDCC, however, and said to be fast-tracking their search for the right actor, it could be sooner rather than later that fans receive an official confirmation and new details regarding their Shang-Chi adaptation and its casting of the characters. All supporters of Lin can do is enjoy the image and keep their fingers crossed.

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Source: ApexForm

2019-07-14 08:07:38

John Atkinson

Shang-Chi Movie: Marvel Trying To Cast Chinese Lead Very Soon

For Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios is reportedly looking to cast its lead role soon, with only Chinese actors in contention – possibly for a reveal at San Diego Comic-Con. With all three of 2019’s Marvel Cinematic Universe installments officially released (the last being Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home), fans are looking ahead at the wide open landscape of Phase 4. Bob Iger, CEO of Marvel’s parent company Walt Disney Studios, promised fans that the upcoming MCU Phase 4 slate would be revealed this summer, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has assured reporters on multiple occasions that announcements would be made following the release of Far From Home.

Although no official announcements have been made, the Black Widow movie is filming, The Eternals is casting, and Shang-Chi has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, if not a star – just yet. So fans know a little about what to expect from Phase 4. For its part, Shang-Chi will mark Marvel Studios’ first feature with an Asian-American lead, and it appears the studio and the film’s creatives are dedicated to making sure they do the superhero justice. Now, according to the latest reports, it seems Marvel Studios is moving quickly to cast the lead role of Shang-Chi, and they’re being particular in their search for the next MCU hero.

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Variety’s Justin Kroll reported on Twitter that Marvel is putting out test offers to a group of actors for the role of Shang-Chi. Per Kroll, Marvel is “adamant” the men are of Chinese descent specifically, not another Asian ancestry, to portray the Chinese superhero. As of yet, it’s unclear if Marvel Studios and an actor will reach a deal in time for San Diego Comic-Con, but the studio has roughly one week to do so. Marvel Studios is set to hold a SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20 in Hall H.

Given Shang-Chi will be the first major Chinese superhero in the MCU, the role is highly coveted. A number of actors in Hollywood have publicly put their names forward, including Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi and Inhumans‘ Mike Moh – though it’s unclear if they also reached out to Marvel Studios. Meanwhile, a recently rumored short-list for Shang-Chi included Ludi Lin (Power Rangers). Though it’s unclear how much truth was in that report, Lin was born in China so he may be in contention after all.

However, it’s not yet known who exactly Marvel Studios sent test offers to. At least fans can take heart in Marvel Studios being dedicated to having a Chinese actor play the Chinese Shang-Chi character. Fans will have to wait and see who eventually gets cast as Shang-Chi, but they may not need to wait too long. With Marvel Studios holding a Hall H panel at SDCC next weekend, there are sure to be plenty of Phase 4 announcements – including, perhaps, who will play the lead role in Shang-Chi.

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Source: Justin Kroll/Twitter

2019-07-13 07:07:17

Molly Freeman

10 Things We Know So Far About The First Asian-led Marvel Film Shang-Chi

With Avengers: Endgame set to premiere this month, the end of an era is sure to follow suit. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been setting up the long-awaited movie for over a decade. It’s no wonder fans everywhere are already thinking about what the future will bring for the beloved comic-book universe brought to life in the big screen.

Of course, Marvel is already one step ahead of everything and everyone. They are already planning the upcoming, new, fresh batch of super-heroes that will grace our screens and conquer our hearts. While it’s still uncertain which characters will remain, and which ones we’ll have to prepare our farewells to after Avengers: Endgame is released, there’s already plenty of buzz surrounding the new arrival.

One of the characters that have already been tapped for a solo movie is Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu himself. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the comic books and already know the backstory, or you’re simply itching to know what to expect from here, take a look at ten things we know so far about the first Asian-led marvel film!

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10 Shang-Chi Will Be Important In The MCU’s Next Phase

There’s still a lot we don’t know, and won’t know, until Avengers: Endgame finally premieres. But like any other group of thirsty and devoted fans, lovers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are already making bets on what to expect from here on. We already know Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange are set to have more movies coming out after Endgame. Plus, with the introduction of Captain Marvel, it’s safe to assume Marvel is setting the stage for their next phase.

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With the announcement of Shang-Chi, it’s pretty clear the superhero will be a vital part of such a phase. As we all know, not just any character gets to have their stand-alone movie, so Shang-Chi’s spotlight is definitely worthy of notice. Although it depends on how well the film is received by audiences, it’s a safe bet that this won’t be the last we see him.

9 The Script Is Being Written By Dave Callaham

No word has been spoken about who will star in the upcoming movie. While fans everywhere are burning with excitement and anticipation, details on who is involved in other aspects of the project are already known. For instance, it’s been disclosed that Shang-Chi is being written by super-hero movie veteran Dave Callaham.

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Callaham is no stranger to the marvelous world of comic-book characters transported into the big screen. The Chinese-American writer was a part of Wonder Woman: 1984‘s script, as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Choosing David Callaham as the main writer is a fantastic move on Marvel’s side. Not only does he have extensive experience with comic-book characters, but he’s also of Chinese descent, adding to the fantastic diversity the studio has been displaying on the MCU’s movies casts and teams.

8 Destin Daniel Cretton Will Be Directing

On the topic of diversity, it’s also been announced Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. After Black Panther‘s success, it’s no wonder Marvel is looking to duplicate the movie’s popularity. The studio has been very vocal about wanting to include more diversity in their projects, and Shang-Chi represents the hopes that the movie will resonate amongst Asians viewers in a similar fashion that Black Panther did.

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Destin Daniel Cretton will make the leap from indie movies to big-budget films by embracing this new project. Funnily enough, the director now finds himself working closely with Brie Larson, star of Captain Marvel, and Michael B. Jordan, the infamous Black Panther‘s Killmonger, on the upcoming drama “Just Mercy”.

7 The Lead Character Doesn’t Have Any Actual Superpowers

In good old Black Widow fashion, the first main Asian character in Marvel doesn’t have any actual superpowers. Does this mean he isn’t powerful or doesn’t deserve his own stand-alone movie? Absolutely not.

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Shang-Chi, created in 1972 by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, holds the title of ‘Master of Kung Fu’. That designation alone is enough to give fans a hint of just how cool he is! Shang-Chi’s mental and physical discipline is unparalleled, mostly because he’s been trained pretty much since birth to become a human combat machine. He’s fluent in every single martial art there is, and his ability to control his body and mind down to a tee make him fit to go up against even the most powerful Marvel characters we’ve encountered so far!

6 He Might Already Be Connected To The Avengers

Since Marvel is planning to introduce hero Shang-Chi as one of its new main characters, it’s safe to assume he’ll join the Avengers in the universe’s fourth stage. While we don’t know exactly how MCU is planning to play this, according to the comics, Shang-Chi isn’t entirely new to the initiative.

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We first see the Master of Kung Fu being in touch with the Avengers when joining Steve Rogers’ Secret Avengers team. Their job is to go on secret assignments throughout various points to, well, do what the Avengers do best – save the world. During these missions, it’s already been established that Shang-Chi is more than capable of fending for himself, representing a fantastic asset for the team. Whether or not this is how the character will be incorporated into the Avengers as we know them in MCU, we’ll just have to wait and see.

5 We’ll Probably See Him Join Well Established Characters In The MCU

As we all know, it’s not rare for Marvel to take liberties when it comes to getting characters to make the leap from the pages to the screen. Incorporating every single hero, villain, backstory, and encounter would be impossible, so it’s understandable that some things will inevitably be slightly different.

However, it’s very possible that we’ll see Shang-Chi interact, and even fight alongside and against, characters we already love and have been following since the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Besides being part of the Secret Avengers initiative, in the comics, Shang-Chi has teamed up with the likes of Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Ant-Man. He has even helped to fight Thanos himself! The possibility of seeing other beloved Marvel characters on Shang-Chin’s first movie is, therefore, very real. We wouldn’t expect anything else from Marvel!

4 Don’t Expect Stereotypical Portrayals

A very problematic and widespread issue in the entertainment industry a few years back was undoubtedly its stereotypical and downright offensive portrayal of POC characters. Shang-Chin, being one of the first Asian characters to appear in the Marvel comic books, didn’t escape the trend.

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The character was often portrayed in a disrespectful manner, which Marvel eventually admitted, drastically changing the way  Shang-Chin was portrayed in the comics. With the universal call for prejudice in all areas to be shut down, and Marvel’s own admission to wanting more positive and diverse representations in its projects, Shan-Chi will definitely be portrayed the way it deserves – completely free of stereotypes.

3 Shang-Chi Was Supposed To Be Part Of The MCU Back In 2005

We still don’t know exactly when we can expect the movie about Shang-Chi to hit theatres. There’s no information about the cast, and it will probably take a while for new scoops on the project to arrive. Marvel still has other films coming out that are in a much more mature stage of production, so this comes as no surprise.

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However, plans to introduce the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are far from being brand new. While the universe as we know it officially began in 2008 before Kevin Feige took over as president, plans were already being made to kick-start the franchise. And these plans, way back in 2005, included none other than Shang-Chi himself, as one of the characters that would get his very own spotlight. Better late than never!

2 It’s The First Time Shang-Chi Sees The Light of Day

Marvel comics have been around for decades, so it’s no wonder there are numerous characters and crossovers, heroes and villains, deaths and resurrections. In one way or another, you’re bound to have seen many of these characters appear in movies and tv shows throughout the years. Whether or not they were accurately represented, that’s a whole other story.

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While it’s true that a considerable number of Marvel characters had their chance to shine and be transported to either the big or the small screen, this is not the case for Shang-Chi. The Master of Kung Fu had more than a handful of intense, cut-throat storylines in the comics, but the moment was yet to come when the character was finally allowed to get its live-action counterpart. The movie, announced by Marvel, will finally give Shang-Chi his moment in the sun, something for which fans couldn’t be happier about.

1 The Character Is An Homage To The Great Bruce Lee

The character of Shang-Chi was created by Marvel in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of martial arts, and Kung Fu in particular. Of course, when creating something, all artists must find inspiration somewhere. And if what they are creating just so happens to be a character, that inspiration is sure to be derived from a real-life person.

In Shang-Chi’s case, it must come as no surprise that the comic’s Master of Kung Fu was modeled after one of the actual masters, Bruce Lee himself. In the past, there were actually talks of Lee’s son, Brandon, playing the title role in a potential upcoming movie. After his untimely demise, this turned out to be impossible. However, as Marvel is well known for doing such a fantastic job casting the superheroes that we all know and love, whoever does play Shang-Chi is sure to hit the nail on the head.

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2019-04-07 03:04:12

Mariana Fernandes

Marvel’s Shang-Chi Reportedly Filming in Australia

The Shang-Chi movie may be further along in development than anyone realized, as there is evidence to suggest that the film is gearing up to be produced in Australia.

Shang-Chi is a martial arts hero who debuted in the ’70s in the pages of Master of Kung Fu, as Marvel had failed to acquire the rights to the Kung-Fu television series and decided to create their own similar property. Shang-Chi has made sporadic appearances over the years and even managed to acquire superpowers after being exposed to cosmic radiation, which allowed him to create copies of himself. A Shang-Chi movie is currently in the early stages of development.

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It’s possible that Shang-Chi has its filming location locked down, as it has been revealed that a Marvel movie project is reportedly being filmed in Sydney’s Fox Studios, and evidence points to it being Shang-Chi. According to The Sydney Morning HeraldAustralian Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed that an unnamed Marvel movie is being filmed in the country and that it will be receiving a one-off payment of $24 million in tax incentives. He said:

“Securing this latest production will bring over $150 million of new international investment, create 4700 new Australian jobs and use the services of around 1200 local businesses.”

The State Arts Minister Don Harwin mentioned that the production would be receiving support from the Made in NSW Fund (NSW standing for New South Wales), and it’s his comments about the need for stunt performers that suggests that the production is linked to Shang-Chi. He said, “The film needs a large workforce of highly specialised special effects technicians and will also require sophisticated stunts, all of which NSW’s incredibly skilled and experienced screen industry can deliver.”

The Shang-Chi movie currently has Destin Daniel Cretton tapped for the director seat, but there is still no word on who will be playing the title role. There is still no information known about the story of Shang-Chi, but the character is obscure enough that Marvel might attempt to make him an Australian native, as Australia has more people of Chinese ancestry than any other country outside of Asia.

Marvel has previously attempted to create a martial arts-themed project with the Iron Fist Netflix TV series, which received a polarizing reception from fans. Shang-Chi seems like a strange choice to make a movie about, as he has been treated like a Bruce Lee clone in many of his appearances, but the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy was just as obscure before their film debut and Marvel has proven that they can work magic with the strangest corners of the comic book universe.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

2019-04-06 03:04:08

Scott Baird

Inhumans Actor Mike Moh Is Down To Play Marvel’s Shang-Chi

Actor Mike Moh has thrown his name into the ring to play the role of Shang-Chi in the MCU. Known as The Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi debuted in 1973 and was created by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin in the wake of Bruce Lee’s surging popularity. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu, and was molded by his father to be a “living weapon.”

Shang-Chi was actually part of the original ten-movie line-up that Marvel had planned out in 2005, but fell by the wayside along with other projects, like a Hawkeye solo movie and a Power Pack adaptation. Kevin Feige ultimately resurrected the project, however, with Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham penning the script and Destin Daniel Cretton signing on to direct. This will mark the first ever blockbuster Asian superhero film made by an American studio, and it will make Phase 4 onwards of the MCU an extremely diverse affair. As a result, potential casting of the character has been the subject of much suggestion and speculation.

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Based on a Twitter post, Moh is more than open to taking on the role. After a fan tweeted proclaiming that they’d be “100% on board” if he was cast, Moh replied with the folded hands emoji, implying he was both flattered and not at all opposed to the suggestion. The reply only garnered further support from fans, who were quick to concur. Chief among them was Patton Oswalt, who posted a tweet of his own, endorsing Moh for the part, prompting yet more gratitude from the actor. Check out the posts below:

The wave of support arrives in the wake the first Once Upon A Time In Hollywood trailer being released. Despite starring such A-list actors as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, Moh stole the show for many people with his uncanny portrayal of Bruce Lee. The actor has made somewhat of a name for himself through playing recognizable characters in the recent past. First coming to prominence as Ryu in the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist web-series, he also starred as the comic book character Triton in Marvel’s ill-fated Inhumans series.

Although some may consider his role in Inhumans as a hindrance to him featuring in the main MCU franchise, he wouldn’t actually be the first actor to play multiple roles within that sandbox. Despite serving as one of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, Kenneth Choi later went on to play Principal Morita in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Moh, therefore, jumping from an already disconnected and increasing forgotten corner of the world wouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish. The fact that Moh spent most of his tenure on Inhumans under layers of makeup and prosthetics will also surely help.

As for him not being that much of a household name, that will surely change when Once Upon A Time In Hollywood rolls around, and audiences get to see more than just a glimpse of his potentially scene-stealing turn. Whether or not Moh ultimately fends off the stiff competition and lands the titular role in Shang-Chi remains to be seen. One thing for sure, though, is that he would, as a real-life martial arts expert, also be perfect in the way that Finn Jones wasn’t for Iron Fist, and he clearly has a mass of support already behind him.

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Source: Mike Moh

2019-03-22 09:03:20

John Atkinson

Casting Shang-Chi In The MCU

Marvel Studios will soon be in the casting process for Shang-Chi, so here are some names they should consider. Kevin Feige is pulling the Master of Kung Fu out of development and is now fast-tracking what could be the first Asian-led superhero movie. The Shang-Chi movie just took a major step forward with David Callaham writing the script.

Shang-Chi was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin in the early 1970s as one of the greatest martial artists in the world. Commonly known as the Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi was modeled after Bruce Lee. Shang-Chi isn’t a stern warrior though, with his humor and playfulness also being a main component to his character. But, this doesn’t mean he’s totally lighthearted either, as he was raised to be a deadly assassin by his super villain father Fu Manchu. The character was originally set to be introduced on the big screen much earlier on, as Shang-Chi was among a variety of projects initially announced by Marvel Studios in 2005. There has been no movement on the character since the MCU has formed and grown to what it is now, but it appears he never completely was forgotten about by the executives crafting the universe.

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Word of a Shang-Chi movie being back in-development is exciting news, with Marvel potentially getting an action-heavy franchise that once again adds diversity to the universe and reaches another community that hasn’t been targeted by superhero films. But, since they are moving quickly with the project, it may not be too long before the kung fu master is cast. Marvel Studios and Callaham’s take on the martial artist will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. In order to do this, they’ll need to properly cast the role soon – unless Remy Hii’s already playing Shang-Chi in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Before the potential candidates are laid out, some general ground rules should be implemented. Although Shang-Chi is specifically Chinese in the comics, it’s possible Marvel will look at actors from all across Asia to fill the role. Additionally, Shang-Chi’s martial arts experience is a major part to who he is, but that doesn’t mean Marvel must or will cast someone who is previously trained. Without a character breakdown, it’s impossible to know how much of an emphasis the studio will put on the action element, but Marvel’s casting process is different compared to other studios. There’s several different directions in terms of age, experience, and background for them to go when making their choice, so here are some options to help.

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Steven Yeun

One actor Marvel Studios can look at for Shang-Chi is Steven Yeun, who’s most well-known for his role as Glenn on The Walking Dead, a role that truly established him as a major TV star. In The Walking Dead series, Yeun proved that he not only has leading man potential but also can perform action-heavy scenes as well. Even though he isn’t a trained martial artist, it’s easy to imagine Yeun picking up enough in training to do some of his own stunts. Outside of his Walking Dead performance, Yeun has starred in OkjaMayhem, and Sorry to Bother You. With plenty of fans already, which apparently includes Feige (who recently met Yeun at an awards ceremony, via Twitter), the 34-year-old actor could already be on Marvel’s radar.

Lewis Tan

A fan-favorite choice for any martial arts-related superhero role is Lewis Tan, and he’s another person Marvel Studios should be looking at for Shang-Chi. Tan first gained attention for played the drunken kung fu master in Iron Fist season 1, after also publicly lobbying to be cast as an Asian version of Danny Rand. He then followed this up by briefly playing Shatterstar in Deadpool 2, but that role could be short lived due to Disney’s upcoming acquisition of 20th Century Fox. He has gone on to land roles in Into the Badlands and Wu Assassins, but his leading role many want to see is still needed. If Marvel does wind up prioritizing casting someone who can do most of their own stunt work, then this role could swing in Tan’s favor. After all, he’s a rising talent at only 31 years old who could really breakout as Shang-Chi.

Ross Butler

Now, if Marvel wants to go for someone with the leading man stature that can stand tall with the MCU’s various other heroes, then Ross Butler could be a nice choice as well for Shang-Chi. Butler has primarily stayed with TV as of late and has left a good impression. Roles in The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why helped solidify his place in the industry, but he’s also secretly joined the cast of DC’s Shazam!. That role is likely a small one as another member of the Marvel family, yet it may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe that can launch his career even further. Butler has the charisma that Shang-Chi could use and 6’3″ build to become a powerful fighter. With a bit of training and a chance, Butler could be Marvel’s next star. (Plus, it’s worth mentioning that Marvel is already starting to mine 13 Reasons Why‘s cast for talent, as they recently cast Katherine Langford in Avengers 4.)

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Ludi Lin

If plucking someone from a small DC role isn’t off limits, though, Ludi Lin may prove to be an excellent choice for Shang-Chi. The Chinese-Canadian actor got his breakout role as Zack the Black Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers movie; he also plays Murk in James Wan’s Aquaman. Even though his role is small in DC’s first Aquaman movie, it’s not something that’s expected to turn into a bigger role down the line. The 31-year-old actor could instead join the MCU to bring the Master of Kung Fu to life. (After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that an actor or actress has appeared in both franchises.) Additional evidence that he’s the perfect fit for Shang-Chi is the fact that he’s studied Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and Olympic style wrestling, and still trains today. Lin isn’t a household name right now, but there’s the potential for him to truly embody everything that makes Shang-Chi unique – and for years to come should Marvel look his way.

Ki Hong Lee

Another Asian actor who could easily become Marvel’s next action star is Ki Hong Lee. Best known for his role as Minho in The Maze Runner movie trilogy, Lee’s role continued to become more prominent as the franchise continued. By the end of the action-heavy series, Lee’s ability in an action-heavy role is unquestioned. Beyond just the physical side of the role, Lee has also demonstrated his acting range in The Maze Runner trilogy and The Stanford Experiment, not to mention showing his comedic chops on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Considering the tone the MCU has established, Lee can bring a full personality to Shang-Chi.

Yoson An

Likely the least-known actor on this list for many people, Yoson An is not a stranger to Disney – and that’s a significant factor in him being a possible candidate for Shang-Chi in the MCU. The up-and-coming actor is appearing in Disney’s live-action Mulan movie. Yoson will play Mulan’s love-interest, but the war setting of the live-action remake could provide him with plenty of opportunities to show off his acting skills, including possible action capabilities. Disney likes to stay in business with people they enjoy working with, and even though audiences have yet to see Yoson in Mulan, he impressed the studio enough to cast him in a big role. If word from Mulan‘s set is positive, then Yoson could once again find himself as part of a major Disney release.

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2018-12-04 03:12:42

How Spider-Man: Far From Home Could Already Be Introducing Shang-Chi

The Marvel Comics kung fu hero Shang-Chi is getting his own MCU movie, but could he show up much earlier with an appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home? It’s been reported that Godzilla and Wonder Woman 1984 writer David Callaham will pen the script for Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi.

With the Iron Man and Captain America films presumably coming to an end after Phase 3, Marvel appears to be looking to replace them with all-new franchises to accompany sequels to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther. Black Widow and The Eternals are currently in development, which will add two new franchises to the MCU in Phase 4. Shang-Chi is the latest to be added to the list, giving the MCU its first martial arts superhero movie.

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As a writer is already attached to Shang-Chi, fans are already wondering who will direct the film and who Marvel will cast as the titular Master of Kung Fu. However, there’s a chance that Shang-Chi has already been cast, and could make his MCU debut as early as next year. In August, Crazy Rich Asians star Remy Hii was cast in Spider-Man: Far From Home in an undisclosed role. So far, there’s been no word on what character Hii will play in the film, with none of the film’s many set photos providing clues.

It’s worth noting that Hii underwent martial arts training for the role of Prince Jingim in the Netflix kung fu series, Marco Polo. As a result of that and his Malaysian Chinese descent, Hii has been an actor fans have been interested in seeing play Shang-Chi, long before the actor was expected to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Shang-Chi showing up in Spider-Man: Far From Home could be a good move for Marvel. While Shang-Chi is arguably one of Marvel’s most recognizable Asian superheroes, he’s far from a household name and isn’t even Marvel’s most popular martial arts character (that would be Iron Fist). Having him appear in the sequel to an $880 million box office hit is a great way to introduce him to audiences and get him ready for his solo movie.

It’s rather hard to say how the Master of Kung Fu would factor into a Spider-Man film, although the comic book do leave some clues. While Shang-Chi’s stories usually consist of battles with kung-fu-themed villains, the character has often crossed over into the superhero genre proper by occasionally teaming up with characters like Spider-Man and Captain America. A few years ago, Shang-Chi even became Spider-Man’s kung fu teacher at a time where Spider-Man had lost his Spider-Sense and needed martial arts to compensate for the loss of one of his most important abilities. This connection between Spider-Man and Shang-Chi could be adapted to film, especially since the MCU Spider-Man could benefit greatly from Shang-Chi’s skills.

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2018-12-03 02:12:54