Marvel is moving ahead with its planned Shang-Chi movie.
A director has been chosen for the film, which will be the first MCU superhero lead of Asian decent. Set to direct the film is Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson in two films: 2013’s Short Term 12 and 2017’s The Glass Castle.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that Marvel Studios is looking to tackle Shang-Chi with plenty of Asian-American talent behind the scenes, as they with did with Black Panther‘s focus on African-American talent.
Behind the script is Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham, whose credits include 2005’s Doom, The Expendables, 2014’s Godzilla, and upcoming DC sequel Wonder Woman 1984. He’s in high demand; also on his horizon is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, Zombieland: Double Tap, and Mortal Kombat.
Comic book character Shang-Chi, who first appeared on the page in 1973, is raised and educated in a reclusive compound by his China-based globalist father. His early life is closed off from the outside world, as he is pushed to master martial arts and push his physical prowess to almost unbeatable levels. He’s eventually allowed out into the world, but only to do his father’s bidding. His journey unveils his father’s true nature – he’s called The Devil’s Doctor by others. Shang-Chi must come face that this man is not he though; he has become his enemy. Shang-Chi may not be a superhuman, but he’s known in the comic world as one of the greatest empty-handed fighters and practitioners of kung fu alive, particularly due to his mastery of chi.
Cretton is currently working with Larson for the third time on true-story drama Just Mercy, also starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.