Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Hires Veteran Brie Larson Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Hires Veteran Brie Larson Director Destin Daniel Cretton

After the success of Black Panther, Marvel Studios is looking at creative talents with the background to tackle diverse characters from their pantheon.

Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham has been said to be writing the Shang-Chi script, which Deadline says "will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with".

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting a whole lot bigger! 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.

Cretton is now directing "Just Mercy", starring Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.

Marvel has reportedly hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the upcoming Shang-Chi film.

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Shang-Chi, known as "the master of kung-fu" in the Marvel comic books, is set to be helmed by Hawaiian filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared.

The Hawaiian-born writer/director has several connections with current MCU personnel, having directed Brie Larson in both Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, Larson and Michael B. Jordan on the upcoming Just Mercy, and is working with Ryan Coogler on a autobiographical project called Minors.

Marvel recently released its first female-led movie, "Captain Marvel", which has over-performed with more than $500 million in worldwide grosses in less than a week.

This decision by Marvel Studio to tackle a movie featuring Shang-Chi is an interesting one, since there has yet to be an Asian superhero in any movie previously, and this would be the first Asian superhero in a Marvel Studios movie, unless you count Doctor Strange's loyal assistant Wong.

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