Marvel’s First Asian-Led Superhero Movie, ‘Shang-Chi,’ Finds Director

15 March, 2019, 01:39 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Destin Daniel Cretton

Cretton, who is now directing the Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan movie "Just Mercy", has been officially hired to direct "Shang-Chi".

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Director Destin Daniel Cretton will helm "Shang-Chi", Marvel's first movie centered on an Asian superhero. The project was reportedly "fast-tracked", with Asian-American writer Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) working on the script.

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.

After the success of Black Panther, Marvel Studios is looking at creative talents with the background to tackle diverse characters from their pantheon. The studio is also gearing up for major releases this summer including Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.


As for Cretton, a half-Japanese filmmaker who was born in Hawaii, he seems very much in line with the type of directors Marvel has been choosing recently.

Marvel has not set a release date for Shang-Chi.

There's no timetable in place for Shang-Chi yet, and we don't know what the studio's approach to the character is going to be (aside from that "modernized" comment).

Cretton's prior credits include Short Term 12, which was adapted from a short film he made in 2009. 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. He has since taken a back seat, but with news of a new movie it's likely that Marvel will push the character to the forefront of their publishing initiative.

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