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

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

Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. 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.

Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer Dave Callaham was previously reportedly as the film's screenwriter, as well as Sony Pictures Animation's planned Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.

Fans got a surprise today when a report revealed the Shang-Chi movie now has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, making the Master of Kung Fu the next hero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What do you think about Destin Daniel Cretton as the director of the Shang-Chi film?

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.

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Cretton's prior credits include Short Term 12, which was adapted from a short film he made in 2009. Additionally, he is now directing Just Mercy, a biopic about Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson starring Larson and Michael B. Jordan.

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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel also plans to feature a largely Asian and Asian-American cast in the movie.

If Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy may seem like obscure Marvel characters to make a movie about, then Shang-Chi may be even less known, having primarily appeared in the Master of Kung-Fu series through the '70s and '80s and few of those Master of Kung Fu comics have been reprinted.


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