Following the news that Finn Jones will play Danny Rand in Netflix’s upcoming “Iron Fist” television series, a new rumor has emerged suggesting that the series will also feature another one of Marvel’s martial arts masters. Both The Hashtag Show and MCU Exchange cite unnamed sources indicating that Shang-Chi has been added to the show.
The report says that Shang-Chi’s been added to the cast following the controversy surrounding casting a white actor in the role of Iron Fist, and that Marvel/Netflix are “exclusively auditioning males of Asian descent.” The unnamed source also says it’s possible that, if reception to the character is strong, Shang-Chi could possibly get his own Netflix series.
Sometimes dubbed the Master of Kung-Fu, Shang-Chi was created by Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin and debuted in 1973’s “Special Marvel Edition” #15. The character had an ongoing series in the ’70s, but faded into the background for much of the ’80s and ’90s. He became a major player in the Marvel Universe again in the past decade, joining the Secret Avengers and Avengers as well as playing a large role in the Daredevil event “Shadowland.”
No official release date has been given for “Iron Fist,” although the rumor posits that production on the series will begin in April.