Marvel Finds Shang-Chi Director With Destin Daniel Cretton

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Marvel’s Shang-Chi takes a major step today with finding its director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Destin Daniel Cretton will direct the upcoming feature. Cretton’s previous credits Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, which starred Captain Marvel‘s Brie Larson. He will be re-teaming with Larson and working with Black Panther star Michael B Jordan on Just Mercy, based on the memoir Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson.

Shang-Chi will be the first film with an Asian lead from Marvel. The project was announced in December 2018 with Wonder Woman 1984 writer David Callaham attached to pen the script. According to THR, Marvel is looking Asian and Asian-American actors to fill out the cast.

This is one of several films that will come out post-Avengers: Endgame. Endgame will see the finale of over a decade of stories within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We don’t quite know what that will look like, but other projects on deck are The Eternals, a Black Widow prequel, and sequels for Black Panther and Doctor Strange.

Cretton was chosen from a short-list of directors which included Justin Tipping (Dear White People), Alan Yang (Master of Young), and Jessica Jones director Deborah Chow.

Shang-Chi was created by Thanos creator Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in 1973, debuting in Special Marvel Edition No. 15.

Shang-Chi is the son of the pulp villain Fu Manchu and was trained to be an assassin by his father. Rejecting his father’s teachings, however, Shang-Chi’s rebelled and became a hero instead.

The character was wildly popular throughout the 1970s and was revived by the Marvel NOW line in 2012.

Shang Chi currently does not have release date.

Bec Heim