Marvel's First Movie With An Asian Lead Character Is Moving Forward

  • Marvel's First Movie With An Asian Lead Character Is Moving Forward

Marvel's First Movie With An Asian Lead Character Is Moving Forward

Shang-Chi joins an ever-growing field of developing projects that will reshape the MCU following the events of Avengers: Endgame.

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

Cretton is best known for directing the critically lauded indie "Short Term 12" in 2013, starring Brie Larson, who was up-and-coming at the time, as a supervisor of a group home for teenagers experiencing mental health issues and abuse.

That must be going well since Marvel Studios today announced that Short Term 12 director Dustin Daniel Cretton would direct the film, according to Deadline.

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.

Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’

He is now directing "Just Mercy", an adaptation of lawyer and civil rights advocate Bryan Stevenson's memoir, featuring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. However, with a Chinese-American director (and writer in Dave Callaham of Wonder Woman 1984), we should hopefully get a movie that Chinese-American audiences will respond to. Since the latter film's success was largely credited to its African-American cast and crew and honoring of African traditions and customs, the studio is hoping to repeat that success by spotlighting Asian-Americans and their cultures.

Initially created during the martial arts cinema craze of the 1970s, Shang-Chi is now positioned as a milestone character for Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe. 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. Marvel Studios has three release dates claimed for 2021, including February 12th, May 7th, and November 5th.

Marvel's Master of Kung Fu just moved one step closer to the big screen.

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