Marvel Taps Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Shang-Chi


He's now making the drama Just Mercy with two other Marvel stars, Brie Larson - aka Captain Marvel herself - and Michael B. Jordan, aka Killmonger from Black Panther. 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. Dave Callaham is writing the script that will ultimately modernize the Shang-Chi story and character arc. Cretton previously directed Short Term 12, the 2013 indie that starred Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Lakeith Stanfield, and more.

Marvel has yet to release any details on who might play the leads.

Marvel Studios has often reached into the independent film world to pluck talented filmmakers for their superhero movies, and they've done it again with their Shang-Chi director. No actor is yet attached to Shang-Chi and there's no official word from Marvel, since the studio isn't now talking about its future slate post Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China. I wouldn't be surprised if Larson put a good word in for Cretton with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

If Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy may seem like obscure Marvel characters to make a movie about, then Shang-Chi may be even less known, having primarily appeared in the Master of Kung-Fu series through the '70s and '80s and few of those Master of Kung Fu comics have been reprinted. 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.