Destin Daniel Cretton Set to Direct Marvel Studios’ ‘Shang-Chi’

The first Asian-led Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its director.

Deadline is reporting that Destin Daniel Cretton has officially signed on to direct Shang-Chi. He is currently directing Just Mercy, which stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.

Other filmmakers who were in discussions include Dear White People‘s Justin Tipping, Alan Yang, who is behind the upcoming John Cho movie Tigertail, and Deborah Chow, whose credits include episodes of Reign, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series The Mandalorian.

The film, which is set to feature a mostly Asian cast, will be penned by Wonder Woman 1984 screenwriter, David Callahan.

Shang-Chi is a fictional character, often called the “Master of Kung Fu”, appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi is an extraordinary master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gun, nunchaku and jian. In later years, upon joining the Avengers, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself.

Shang-Chi marks the second MCU film to be directed by an Asian-American following Chloe Zhao signing on to direct The Eternals. Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing, with Marvel’s Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing.

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