Marvel Studios Taps Destin Creston To Direct 'Shang Chi' Film

Destin Daniel Cretton To Direct Marvel’s First Asian Led Film ‘Shang-Chi

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton is best known for directing the movie Short Term 12, an independent film about a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.

Marvel Studios has often reached into the independent film world to pluck talented filmmakers for their superhero movies, and they've done it again with their Shang-Chi director. This follows the report from December that said Marvel had hired Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984), an American writer of Chinese descent, to script the film. Cretton broke out in 2013 with his drama Short Term 12, which he adapated from his own short film of the same name. The movie also featured future Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson. Additionally, he is now directing Just Mercy, a biopic about Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson starring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Information on the upcoming movie is pretty thin on the ground, but Deadline's reporting that Marvel Studios is courting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct it. Created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, Shang-Chi eventually gained the power to create duplicates of himself.

Shang-Chi is a beloved character in the pages of Marvel Comics.

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

Shang-Chi joins an ever-growing field of developing projects that will reshape the MCU following the events of Avengers: Endgame. More recently, Shang-Chi has appeared as a member of Heroes for Hire and various iterations of The Avengers. 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.

That film "shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free", but we're here to talk about Shang-Chi.

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