Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has Found Its Director And Writer

15 March, 2019, 01:41 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Marvel Studios is reportedly angling for Shang-Chi to celebrate Asian and Asian-American cultures both in front of the camera and behind it, similiar to 2018's Black Panther.

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Director Destin Daniel Cretton will helm "Shang-Chi", Marvel's first movie centered on an Asian superhero.

The character of Shang-Chi first appeared in Marvel comics in 1973.

He worked with Larson once again for 2017's The Glass Castle, and he is now directing the Captain Marvel star and Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy.

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Larson first worked with Cretton when she starred in his second film, Short Term 12.

Shang-Chi, whose name is also Chinese for "rising of the spirit", was trained by his father in martial arts since birth. 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.

Other filmmakers who were in the running for the highly anticipated Marvel flick included Dear White People's Justin Tipping, Master of Young's Alan Yang, and Deborah Chow, whose credits include episodes of Reign, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Cretton's actually working with Larson again right now, on an upcoming release called Just Mercy. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared. 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. That field already includes a Black Widow movie, sequels to Black Panther and Doctor Strange, and an Eternals film, and while many of Marvel's ambitions for its future remain in shadow, that's an exciting lineup already.

What do you think about Destin Daniel Cretton as the director of the Shang-Chi film?

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