Marvel’s FIRST Asian-Led Superhero Movie Finds Director

Brenda Watkins
March 15, 2019

Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing, with Marvel's Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz executive producing.

Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham was previously reportedly as the film's screenwriter, as well as Sony Pictures Animation's planned Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.

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.

Marvel Studios' Shang Chi film is set to introduce its first Asian lead protagonist and Destin Creston has been hired to helm the upcoming film after the company reportedly searched for an Asian or Asian-American filmmaker to introduce the hero in a project that explores Asian and Asian American themes.

Shang-Chi appears to be another key player in the next phase of Marvel flicks following the events of Avengers: Endgame.

In the wake of Black Panther's massive success, Marvel is expanding its scope and looking to tap into audiences that haven't been particularly well-served at the box office.

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It was announced late a year ago that Marvel Studios was developing a movie based on Marvel Comics' Shang-Chi with Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.

Cretton and Callaham are both Asian-American filmmakers.

Cretton's prior credits include Short Term 12, which was adapted from a short film he made in 2009.

He's now working with Larson and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan on Just Mercy, which also stars Jamie Foxx. What we do know is that at some point, mutants will be introduced into the franchise, The Eternals will shed some light on the deep history of the universe and we also know that the studio is eager to get Shang-Chi into production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel also plans to feature a largely Asian and Asian-American cast in the movie.

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