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Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’

15 March 2019

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton is best known for directing the movie Short Term 12, an independent film about a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers. Because of that, Marvel's already building a creative team comprised of Asian-American filmmakers and plans to build a cast of Asian and Asian-American stars, in the hopes of crafting a film that's as much a cultural touchstone within the superhero subgenre as it is a commercial success. However, with a Chinese-American director (and writer in Dave Callaham of Wonder Woman 1984), we should hopefully get a movie that Chinese-American audiences will respond to.

Cretton's now helming Just Mercy (which he also wrote) with Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, and picked up a lot of positive attention with the excellent Short Term 12.

In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China.

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Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. He's now directing Just Mercy, which he also wrote, with Larson and Michael B. Jordan starring.

Shang-Chi is the creation of Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, who made his debut in 1973. But according to Deadline, the script by David Callaham will modernize Shang-Chi to avoid such portrayals. More recently, Shang-Chi has appeared as a member of Heroes for Hire and various iterations of The Avengers. Could Brie Larson's Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel show up in the new movie, providing yet another reunion for her and the director?

Shang-Chi appears to be another key player in the next phase of Marvel flicks following the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’