Marvel Studios’ first Asian-based film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will feature a 98% Asian cast, according to Kevin Feige. The boss and producer, a guest at the New York Film Academy, attended a Q&A session with students in which he talked about upcoming Marvel projects.
Shang-Chi, starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is the first Marvel film to be released in 2021 (the premiere is scheduled for February 12). Shooting is also planned in Malta and the story will contain elements of Chinese martial arts – the Marvel Comics character is a world-renowned fighter – but it will be “much more than a Kung-Fu film,” promises Kevin Feige.
When asked how the characters who make the “leap” from the comic book to the celluloid of the cinema are chosen, the producer replied that the choice of heroes “can vary” according to different criteria. In the case of Shang-Chi, however, “we have wanted to make that film for a long time. We want to make a film with a 98% Asian cast.”
According to Kevin Feige, “it is sometimes too simplistic to describe Marvel films as belonging to one genre. ” So, like the Doctor Strange sequel isn’t a horror, Shang-Chi isn’t a martial arts movie. “But it has many elements of Kung-Fu, and we are excited about it.”
There are also several genres still to be explored. “Whenever we make a film, we hope it will be successful so we can make another film. This is always the idea. And with two films, in particular, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, we wanted to showcase the comic book heroes that they represent the world that goes to see our films. So our intention is to continue doing it. “