With Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapped up, we turn our attention to Phase 4 and all the rumors swirling around with what is in store for the next chapter of one of cinema’s most successful endeavors.
One film that was greenlit last year was the adaptation of the comic Shang-Chi which would bring the first Asian super hero to the big screen. As soon as it was announced, fans began making out their wish lists for who they wanted to play the title role.
According to The Hashtag Show, who brought the exclusive story, Marvel has a short list and Ludi Lin who has appeared in Power Rangers and the blockbuster DC film Aquaman is reportedly one actor they are keen on for playing the title role. To make things even juicier, the report is also saying that they want iconic martial arts superstar Donnie Yen for an unspecified role as well. The site is saying that Marvel wants to meet with Yen and adding him to the project would definitely be gold. It is being reported that Yen would play the “wise, old statesman.”
Marvel is keeping their next phase a secret while rumors have been rampant to say the least but Kevin Geige has indeed stated the importance of Shang-Chi in the past and that it is a pivitol film for Phase 4.
Back in October, Marvel announced the film and hired David Callaham to write the script while back in March of this year, it was announced that DEstin Cretton would helm the movie.
In the comics, “Shang-Chi (Chinese: 上氣; pinyin: shàng qì; literally: ‘rising of the spirit’), often called the “Master of Kung Fu”, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character 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.” (Wikipedia)
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