Marvel’s First Asian-Led Superhero Movie, ‘Shang-Chi,’ Finds Director

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 15, 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. Since the latter film's success was largely credited to its African-American cast and crew and honoring of African traditions and customs, the studio is hoping to repeat that success by spotlighting Asian-Americans and their cultures. Previously, the studio recruited Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham to pen the script. Callaham is also co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns and is now writing the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Sony. He's now at work on the drama Just Mercy, which co-stars Larson and fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alum Michael B. Jordan.

Destin Daniel Cretton has been officially tapped to direct Marvel's first-ever Asian-led superhero movie "Shang-Chi". Larson also starred in Cretton's Short Term 12, where she first started getting attention as an actor, and in 2017's adaptation of The Glass Castle.

He first appeared in 1973's Special Marvel Edition No. 15 and was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin after Marvel failed to acquire the comic book rights to the television series Kung Fu.

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Cretton is now directing "Just Mercy", starring Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. But according to Deadline, the script by David Callaham will modernize Shang-Chi to avoid such portrayals. Both of those movies, and pretty much everything else Marvel Studios has done, have turned into huge hits, so the decision to make a Shang-Chi movie and how quickly things are moving to get it made shouldn't come as too big of a surprise.

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

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