"We’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time"

Comic Book reports that Marvel Studio’s upcoming superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will feature a 98% Asian cast.

Starring Kim’s Convenience lead Simu LiuCrazy Rich Asians actress Awkwafina and Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung, the film is Marvel Studios’ first Asian-led movie.

Staying true to the comics, Shang-Chi will feature Chinese martial arts but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said the film will be “so much more than a Kung Fu movie.”

Appearing as a  guest speaker at the New York Film Academy, where Feige revealed that Shang-Chi will have a predominantly Asian cast.

“Like Shang-Chi, we’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time,” he said. “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.”

Shang-Chi is gonna be so much more than a Kung Fu movie,” Feige added. “But it has elements of that, which we’re excited about.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings opens February 12, 2021.

In related news, Liu recently stated that Shang-Chi could change the world”.