The Annihilator: Stan Lee’s new Chinese Superhero

The Annihilator concept art

Concept art for the Annihilator, created by Stan Lee.

Stan Lee, comic book legend and co-creator of The X-Men, Spider-Man, The Avengers, and a myriad of other superheroes, will be getting the big-screen treatment for his latest creation, Annihilator.

ANNIHILATOR tells the story of a young Chinese expatriate, Ming, who must choose between remaining in prison or enlist in a secret US super soldier program. The program uses targeted genetic enhancements from various animal species. Ming chooses to undergo this nearly fatal procedure and through his extreme resolve, gained as a result of his family’s tradition of practicing Qijong and martial arts, he survives. Now, armed with remarkable abilities, he must confront a former rival with his own set of enhanced faculties. Our reluctant hero is forced not only to face his personal demons, but also to defeat the villain who will destroy everything that he knows and loves.

Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted, Wild Wild West) will produce the 3-D film, with a script by screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy). The estimated $100-150 million budget will be partly financed by China’s National Film Capital Co. Ltd. as part of its ambitious $300 million foray into English-language cinema.

But with this being Hollywood and all, which non-Asian actor do you think will be cast in the lead role?

(Somewhat optimistically, my bet’s on the half-Asian at least Daniel Henney.)

8 thoughts on “The Annihilator: Stan Lee’s new Chinese Superhero

  1. Lol, Ming, the most generic Chinese possible. If this gets big in China, I can imagine there’ll be an increase in 小明/Ming jokes.
    Also, the animal genetic modification parts sounds like Ming will start breaking out animal-themed martial arts?

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