“He thought Brandon would be a future star"
Stan Lee wanted to make film for comic book character Shang-Chi that starred Brandon Lee.
As reported by Inverse, the late Stan Lee tried to make a Shang-Chi film starring Bruce Lee’s son.
Shang-Chi, AKA Master of Kung Fu, is a Marvel Comics character created in 1972 who eventually joins the Avengers. The character had his own series that ran for 125 issues and had a love interest with Deadpool’s ex, Domino.
Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of Marvel Productions for six years, said that Lee wanted a Shang-Chi film.
“Stan did believe in the character,” Loesch said. “He used that as an example of the comic that could transition into the movie and television world.”
“I’ll tell you the only reason I remember that comic because I wasn’t very familiar with it,” she added. “Stan introduced me to Linda, the widow of the great Bruce Lee, and Brandon Lee, his son. They came to our Marvel offices.”
The comic book industry veteran was a big fan of Brandon Lee, who was killed in an on-set accident whilst shooting The Crow.
“Stan had great hope [for Brandon],” Loesch says. “He thought Brandon would be a future star.”
“They talked about the kinds of comics that Stan had done, and he mentioned that comic,” Loesch continued. “Stan had great belief that those movies and TV shows based on those types of characters could be very popular. I can’t remember what happened, I think maybe we felt out the networks and they weren’t interested because of the violence. But that’s how I recall that property, because I had not been familiar with it until then.”
In related news, it was recently revealed that Stan Lee’s final creation was a Chinese superhero.