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Marvel's first Chinese hero: Kung fu and beyond
[January 10, 2019]

Marvel's first Chinese hero: Kung fu and beyond

BEIJING, Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by on Marvel's first Chinese hero:

With the passing of Stan Lee last year, it was reported that one of his unfulfilled wishes was to see the well-known Marvel character and kung fu master Shang-Chi, created in the 1970s, appear on the big screen. Now the film is in the works, and it will be the first Marvel Studios production with a Chinese superhero as its protagonist.

In the original comic, Shang-Chi's sole "superpower" is his mastery of martial arts fighting and meditation skills, as well as various cold weapons. He later becomes one of the masters who trains Spider-Man. His appearance and movement were modeled after Bruce Lee, the Chinese kung fu megastar who gained widespread popularity in Hollywood starting in the 1970s, and of whom Stan Lee was reportedly a big fan.

A classic figure from the Shang-Chi comic is likely to cause controversy in the making of the film, however, is his father, Dr. Fu Manchu. With narrow eyes and dark eyebrows, and a treacherous and deceitful personality, Fu Manchu is a composite of negative Chinese stereotypes shaped by various Western cultural products for nearly a hundred years. The character represents the West's misunderstanding, fear and discrimination against people from the East at the beginning of the 20th century, and could still be said to influence Westerners' perceptions of the Chinese even today.

The appearance of such a figure in the film would undoubtedly be inappropriate in today's climate – even if he appears as a villain. Coupled with copyright issues, it is likely Marvel Studios will modify the setting for this part.

Marvel Studios is looking for directors and actors who are Asian or of Asian descent. We genuinely hope this film will become another breakthrough success following on "Black Panther." After all, audiences, too, are eager to see more and more diversified cultural elements represented on the big screen.

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Marvel's first Chinese hero: Kung fu and beyond


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