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The cyber streets are buzzing once again and this time it’s all about Marvel. Marvel seems to be set to bring Shang-Chi into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as its first Asian superhero film.

I will admit, I have never heard of Shang-Chi until today. So lets quickly learn about this character together:

Shang-Chi  is a fictional character, often called the “Master of Kung Fu”, appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi is an extraordinary master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gun, nunchaku and jian. In later years, upon joining the Avengers, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself.

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During the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Shang-Chi joins the Avengers after being recruited by Captain America and Iron Man and during the Secret Empire storyline, Shang-Chi was found to have been a prisoner of HYDRA in Madripoor following HYDRA’s takeover of the United States.

From my brief researching, he’s basically a non-superhuman hero with great martial art skills. The big buzz surrounding this guy is because Shang-Chi’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will mark him as the first Asian super hero and Marvel is looking to capitalize on it.

According to Polygon:

Focused on martial arts hero Shang-Chi, the film will be penned by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Wonder Woman 1984) and Marvel is looking for an Asian or Asian-American director to helm.

Marvel allegedly wants to create a film with as much impact for the Asian and Asian-American communities as Black Panther garnered with the African and African-American communities, a film crafted by Asian and Asian-American filmmakers that explores themes specific to the Asian and Asian-American experiences.

This sounds dope to me to be honest. I know how I felt when I watched the Black Panther for the first time. Of course, I walked into the theater for the super hero aspect first as a Marvel fan, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want see people of African descent finally be represented in a positive light. That was an amazing experience for me and so if they can bring that kind of vibe to Shang-Chi and the Asian community while ensuring it’s a super-hero movie first then it’s a win-win for everyone. I wonder what how they’ll handle the movie. Marvel has done a great job in making each MCU project a different genre and so with Shang-Chi I’m very intrigued to seeing how they’ll make it work

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