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

Marvel Taps Director Destin Daniel Cretton for Shang-Chi Its First Asian Superhero Movie Reports

The studio is reportedly hiring Destin Daniel Cretton to direct their first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist.

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

In the wake of Black Panther's massive success, Marvel is expanding its scope and looking to tap into audiences that haven't been particularly well-served at the box office. 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.

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

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Shang-Chi is the creation of Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin, who made his debut in 1973.

Though it hasn't been officially announced (possibly because nearly nothing has been announced for Marvel's post-Phase Three universe), Marvel is reportedly developing a movie about Shang-Chi, the martial artist hero of its cult series Master of Kung Fu. 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. In recent years, he has become a prominent member of the Avengers and the Secret Avengers, with major roles in both Jonathan Hickman and Warren Ellis' runs on the titles.

Shang-Chi does not yet have a release date, but with a script in development and now a director hired, it could be coming in just a couple of years.

There's no timetable in place for Shang-Chi yet, and we don't know what the studio's approach to the character is going to be (aside from that "modernized" comment).

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