Marvel’s FIRST Asian-Led Superhero Movie Finds Director

Marvel’s FIRST Asian-Led Superhero Movie Finds Director

Marvel’s FIRST Asian-Led Superhero Movie Finds Director

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton is best known for directing the movie Short Term 12, an independent film about a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.

Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing, with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing. Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is set to pen the screenplay for the Shang Chi film.

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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.

Deadline's report stresses that Marvel is looking to handle Shang-Chi in a manner similar to Black Panther. The film made multiple Top 10 lists that year and earned numerous accolades for both Cretton and star Brie Larson, who went on to star in the just-released Captain Marvel for Marvel Studios. Cretton's actually working with Larson again right now, on an upcoming release called Just Mercy. The studio is reportedly hiring Destin Daniel Cretton to direct their first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist.

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The original Marvel Comics Shang-Chi features Shang, a half-Chinese, half-American superhero created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared. Unlike the other Marvel martial arts heroes, Shang-Chi headlined his own comic book series, The Master of Kung Fu.

Shang-Chi will be Marvel's first MCU film featuring an Asian lead actor, as well as a primarily Asian-American and Asian cast. 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.

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