It is clear that after Marvel Studios' unparalleled decade of success following Iron Man, Kevin Feige's next iterations of superhero franchises will distinguish themselves with ethnic diversity and inclusion, in front of and behind the camera.
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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle) has been tapped to direct Shang-Chi with Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2) attached to write the script.
In this latest episode, we talk about the new Aladdin trailer, how the new Joker looks in the Harley Quinn show, a HUGE Captain Marvel discussion & so much more! Previously, the studio recruited Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham to pen the script. Callaham is also co-wrote Wonder Woman 1984 with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns and is now writing the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Sony.
He first appeared in 1973's Special Marvel Edition No. 15 and was created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin after Marvel failed to acquire the comic book rights to the television series Kung Fu.
While Marvel's still moving forward with its slate of more cosmically-focused movies like Endgame and Eternals, it's also making progress with a Shang-Chi feature film that, considering the character's depiction in the comics, could be decidedly more grounded.
Cretton and Callaham are both Asian-American filmmakers. (If the pattern holds, the dramatic and comedic aspects of this movie will be great, but the action will suffer.) He broke onto the scene with I Am Not a Hipster back in 2012 (/Film's Peter Sciretta really dug that movie) before getting all kinds of attention with Short Term 12 the following year, a small, quiet indie that featured one hell of a cast (Kaitlyn Dever, Stephanie Beatriz, and John Gallagher Jr. were also in that one).
He's now working with Larson and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan on Just Mercy, which also stars Jamie Foxx.
Shang-Chi's film was reported in December with the character known for his martial art skills and as the Master of Kung-Fu.