Marvel's SHANG-CHI Director Chosen

Joann Johnston
March 15, 2019

The studio has hired Asian-American director Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the project, Deadline reported Wednesday, and The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed. It is clear that after Marvel Studios' unparalleled decade of success following Iron Man, Kevin Feige's next iterations of superhero franchises will distinguish themselves with ethnic diversity and inclusion, in front of and behind the camera.

The martial arts master character was first created in the comics in the 1970s, but the film's script - which is being written by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, The Expendables) - is going to "modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with".

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Director Destin Daniel Cretton will helm "Shang-Chi", Marvel's first movie centered on an Asian superhero. Both Jordan and Larson have made an impact in recent Marvel Studios movies, Larson in the title role of the box office hit Captain Marvel and Jordan as Killmonger in last year's mega-blockbuster Black Panther. Additionally, he is now directing Just Mercy, a biopic about Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson starring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Brie Larson, known for her Oscar-winning performance in Room and playing the titular heroine in the recently released Captain Marvel, gave her first leading performance in Short Term 12.

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Shang-Chi appears to be another key player in the next phase of Marvel flicks following the events of Avengers: Endgame. He has since taken a back seat, but with news of a new movie it's likely that Marvel will push the character to the forefront of their publishing initiative.

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