Late past year, we learned that Marvel Studios is developing a new film starring Shang-Chi, the martial artist superhero created in 1973 by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin.
Plans for "Shang-Chi", based on a Marvel comic book character from 1973, were first unveiled in December, when Marvel hired Asian-American screenwriter Dave Callaham to write the screenplay and embarked on a search for an Asian director to lead the project.
Cretton, who is now directing the Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan movie "Just Mercy", has been officially hired to direct "Shang-Chi".
In the comics, Shang-Chi is a skilled martial artist who was raised and trained by his father Fu Manchu, a Chinese crimelord and immortal sorcerer who repeatedly attempted to conquer the world, in an isolated compound located in China. Share your thoughts below!
Deadline's report stresses that Marvel is looking to handle Shang-Chi in a manner similar to Black Panther. That field already includes a Black Widow movie, sequels to Black Panther and Doctor Strange, and an Eternals film, and while many of Marvel's ambitions for its future remain in shadow, that's an exciting lineup already.
Cretton is now directing "Just Mercy", starring Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Brie Larson, known for her Oscar-winning performance in Room and playing the titular heroine in the recently released Captain Marvel, gave her first leading performance in Short Term 12.
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.