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SHANG CHI to Enter the MCU, and He’s Got a Director


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.