Marvel Studios Taps Destin Creston To Direct 'Shang Chi' Film

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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.

Fans got a surprise today when a report revealed the Shang-Chi movie now has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, making the Master of Kung Fu the next hero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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.

In the comics, Shang-Chi was created by Thanos-creator Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart back in 1973 and is known as the Master of Kung Fu.

For more on Shang-Chi, check out our explanation of this martial artist superhero.

Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 197, the script will reportedly modernize the source material in order to avoid the character stereotypes of the time. It is clear that after Marvel Studios' unparalleled decade of success following Iron Man, Kevin Feige's next iterations of superhero franchises will distinguish themselves with ethnic diversity and inclusion, in front of and behind the camera. Share your thoughts below!

He is now directing "Just Mercy", an adaptation of lawyer and civil rights advocate Bryan Stevenson's memoir, featuring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Cretton previously directed Short Term 12, the 2013 indie that starred Brie Larson, Rami Malek, Lakeith Stanfield, and more. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared.

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

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