March 14, 2019

Indie Director Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Film

There's nothing "short term" about working with Marvel. 

Captain Marvel had a huge opening weekend and now it seems like a great time for Marvel and Kevin Feige to unravel what the Marvel Cinematic Universe holds next. And apparently, it holds another groundbreaking title.

Destin Daniel Cretton has been announced as the director of Shang-Chi. This will be Marvel's first Asian superhero on the big screen and will feature a predominantly Asian cast. 

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Cretton burst onto the scene with Short Term 12, which won SXSW and made everyone fall in love with Lakeith Stanfield and Brie Larson. Cretton reteamed with Larson for Glass Castle, based on the best-selling novel.   

Shang-Chi is being written by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham, who has worked on The Expendables and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, which he co-wrote with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns. The comic of Shang-Chi was introduced in 1971 and is referred to as the "Master of Kung Fu" in the comic books. The character has extensive martial arts skill and has the power to create duplicates of himself when fighting in battle. 

Marvel's Phase Four seems like it's looking to expand on the largely white and male perspective of heroes we got in Phases 1-3. Also, with the Chinese market being huge and Marvel movies finding success there, it's easy to see this movie traveling well internationally.

Following the recent successes of Black Panther and Captain Marvel, we can expect a  diverse line-up of heroes in Marvels’ next phases. According to That Hashtag Show, Marvel Studios is reportedly casting an openly gay character in The Eternals. 

Are you excited about Shang Chi? Love Destin Daniel Cretton? 

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