Marvel Studios is reportedly angling for Shang-Chi to celebrate Asian and Asian-American cultures both in front of the camera and behind it, similiar to 2018's Black Panther. The studio is reportedly hiring Destin Daniel Cretton to direct their first superhero movie with an Asian protagonist. Late a year ago came word that the movie was in development; now The Hollywood Reporter says its found its director, Destin Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973. He was trained as a martial arts assassin by his father, the villain Fu Manchu, but rebelled against his father's lessons and became a hero.
Cretton is best known for directing the critically lauded indie "Short Term 12" in 2013, starring Brie Larson, who was up-and-coming at the time, as a supervisor of a group home for teenagers experiencing mental health issues and abuse.
Cretton's now helming Just Mercy (which he also wrote) with Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, and picked up a lot of positive attention with the excellent Short Term 12. 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's actually working with Larson again right now, on an upcoming release called Just Mercy. Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is set to pen the screenplay for the Shang Chi film. But according to Deadline, the script by David Callaham will modernize Shang-Chi to avoid such portrayals.
Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing, with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing.
The first Marvel movie to feature an Asian superhero has bagged its director.