Watch Out Marvel’s Fans: This Beaut May Become Marvel’s Future Shang-Chi!

Salena Harshini |Jun 19, 2019

Marvel announced the actors targeted for the first Asian superhero role of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Ludi Lin is the most prominent name for Shang-Chi.

After Avengers: Endgame came to an end, it is Marvel’s opportunity to start developing new storylines along with new heroes. Marvel has gained tremendous success with Black Panther project about the first colored hero in 2018. Now they are targeting to Asian movie market. On initiating the project of Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu, Marvel is ready to take on a brand new challenge.

Shang-Chi was created by two genius artists Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin in 1973. This character was inspired by the legend of martial arts Bruce Lee with the most marvelous martial arts ability.

Shang-Chi was well nurtured by his father, Fu Manchu, and was trained to become a martial arts master since a young age. In an assassination mission in New York, Shang-Chi found out about his father’s true nature and started to go against him. Later, he decided to stay in New York and joined Heroes for Hire gang of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. His hero career initiated from there.


For Shang-Chi is an Asian character, the casting process must be more thorough and complicating than usual. In a press conference on 17/6, Marvel Studio announced some names they are putting on consideration for the future activities, especially the project of Shang-Chi Master of Kung Fu.

The actor who Marvel especially aspired to take part in the project is Ludi Lin, a Chinese Canadian actor. With a relatively similar appearance to Shang-Chi, this young actor can also perform quite a lot of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. Ludi Lin can totally take on the action scenes in the movie.


Before coming to Marvel, he used to take the role of Black Ranger in the Power Ranger (2017).

Ludi Lin in "Power Ranger" (2017)

Besides Ludi Lin, Marvel also mentioned a person that will also join the Shang-Chi project, Donnie Yen. He once stirred the whole cinema industry with his acting in IP Man. However, it is still not revealed by Marvel which role he will take in the upcoming movie.

Donnie Yen in "IP Man"

Before the official announcement, Marvel had some other names to be taken into consideration for Shang-Chi:

Steven Yeun - The fighting Zombie golden boy


The audience will not be unfamiliar with this Korean actor. Having been featured in The Walking Dead series, Steven Yeun also hopes to be cast as Shang-Chi. However, his small figure has not met the requirement for the role.

Lewis Tan - The alien guy in Deadpool 2

Lewis Tan in "Deadpool 2" as Shatterstar

This guy is currently a real-life martial artist and actor. Lewis was cast in the role of Shatterstar in Deadpool 2, but he didn’t have much screen time. If Marvel needs someone to take on action scenes without stunts, Lewis Tan is not a bad choice.

Ross Butler - Brother of Shazam


Being a young actor in Hollywood, recently Butler is challenging himself with a variety of different characters and the most lately is one in DC’s Shazam. This could be an obstacle for him to become the lead role in a Marvel’s franchise.

Ki-hong Lee - The fastest guy


Having participated in major projects such as The Maze Runner (2014), Ki-hong Lee is a new emerging name in Hollywood. With good acting ability plus the face with a funny expression, Ki-hong Lee seems very similar to Shang-Chi.

Until now, no name has been officially confirmed to be Shang-Chi. Nevertheless, fans can be assured of Marvel’s casting ability. Let's hope that this first Asian superhero project will also bring success and great influence like Black Panther has done before.


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