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

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Information on the upcoming movie is pretty thin on the ground, but Deadline's reporting that Marvel Studios is courting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct it. He's now at work on the drama Just Mercy, which co-stars Larson and fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe alum Michael B. Jordan.

After the success of Black Panther, Marvel Studios is looking at creative talents with the background to tackle diverse characters from their pantheon. In the comics, Shang-Chi is a "Master of Kung Fu" who is fast enough to dodge bullets, and he eventually gains the power to create an infinite number of duplicates of himself. 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.

Plans for "Shang-Chi", based on a Marvel comic book character from 1973, were first unveiled in December, when Marvel hired Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham to write the screenplay and embarked on a search for an Asian director to lead the project.

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

The future of the MCU is a little fuzzy after Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Cretton and Callaham are both Asian-American filmmakers. Larson later teamed up with Cretton on the film The Glass Castle, and will do so again alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in the upcoming film Just Mercy. I wouldn't be surprised if Larson put a good word in for Cretton with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Late a year ago, we learned that Marvel Studios is developing a new film starring Shang-Chi, the martial artist superhero created in 1973 by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.

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