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Marvel producing first feature with Asian superhero lead, report says

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Marvel Studios reportedly is working on its first feature film with an Asian hero as the lead.

Marvel didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but Deadline reported Monday that the studio is planning a film about Shang-Chi, also called the Master of Kung Fu.

The character, a master of unarmed combat, first appeared in Marvel comics in 1973, when the ABC TV drama Kung Fu, starring David Carradine, was popular.

Shang-Chi was born the son of supervillain Fu Manchu, but later opposed his father's ways.

In 2013, he joined The Avengers.

According to Deadline, Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham, who wrote the script for the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 along with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns, will write the screenplay.

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