Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.
This is in keeping with the studio’s goal to take Shang-Chi in a direction like Black Panther and populate it with Asian-American talent. When Deadline first revealed the project late last year, the studio had set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay.
Man, Shang-Chi is going to be a hard needle to thread here. I do not envy their attempt to make the character something beyond a Bruce Lee-rip-off.
If they nail it though? That’s another hero for an under-served section of fandom.