Kevin Feige Explains Marvel Wanted to Make Shang-Chi

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Marvel has been making strides in the field of diversity and representation the past few years. Not only has the Marvel Cinematic Universe been breaking ground with films like Black Panther, but it's also been making waves with its first female-led comic book movie, Captain Marvel.

Now, the studio plans to continue working towards diversity and representation as it enters Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the films everyone is looking forward to is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a comic book movie that won't just feature the MCU's first Asian superhero but a nearly entirely Asian cast.

Speaking with film students at a question and answer session at the New York Film Academy (via Cinema Blend), Marvel Studios President Feige was asked about how Marvel decided on making Shang-Chi. According to the producer, Marvel had always wanted to create a comic book movie with a predominantly Asian cast.

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"Like Shang-Chi, we've wanted to make that movie for a long time. We want to make a movie with a 98% Asian cast. And then you talk about, as you develop the movie, what other heroes can you bring into it, if you need them? And in the case of Black Panther [in Captain America: Civil War], it was the greatest thing that ever happened," Feige explained.

We're pretty excited to see Shang-Chi as well. Like Black Panther, we're expecting the film to break ground in the comic book movie genre.

Right now, the only confirmed cast for Shang-Chi is Simu Liu who is set to play the titular character, Tony Leung Chiu Wai who's set to play the Mandarin, and Awkwafina who's set to play an unknown role. Let's wait and see who else gets added into the film.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to premiere on February 12, 2021.

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