With Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe inching ever closer, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige addressed the diverse future of the franchise and the risks of creating a film about Marvel superhero Shang-Chi.
In an interview with News18, Feige discussed the risk of a Shang-Chi film, saying, "I think every movie that we do is a risk. We only want to do movies that people seem to think are risks. Doing the story of an Asian-American hero of Chinese heritage is something that is very intriguing to us. It will be really different and special."
However, he ultimately appeared optimistic at the prospect of international audiences responding to an Asian lead. "I hope audiences around the world respond to it in the same way they did to Steve Rogers...whether they have American flag or not."
Following the success of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios has made it clear that it's aiming to get more diverse in the future. With Ma Dong-seok cast in The Eternals, the MCU appears to be bringing more Asian actors into the fold.
Before Shang-Chi appears on the big screen, fans of the MCU will see the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their fourth film: Avengers: Endgame.