11:28 pm EDT, March 13, 2019

Marvel taps Destin Daniel Cretton to direct ‘Shang-Chi’

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Marvel has officially found its director for Shang-Chi, the studio’s forthcoming film which will be the first to feature an Asian lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Short Term 12 helmer Destin Daniel Cretton has officially signed on to direct upcoming Marvel entity Shang-Chi.

Cretton will be directing off of a script set to be written by Wonder Woman 1985 scribe Dave Callaham.

The plan is for the upcoming superhero film to feature a largely Asian cast.

Though popular in the 1970s, the Shang-Chi comics are historically racist and littered with Chinese stereotypes.

It’ll be interesting to see if Cretton and Callaham can pull off updating the Master of Kung Fu’s story for the big screen in a way that celebrates Asian Culture much like Black Panther was able to celebrate African American culture.

Created by Steve Engelhart and Jim Starlin, Shang-Chi is a martial arts assassin who was trained by his villainous father Fu Manchu. Eventually, he rebels against his father and becomes a hero.

The character was first introduced back in 1973 as part of Special Marvel Edition No. 15. Most recently, the hero has appeared as a member of the Avengers in 2012’s Marvel Now! Publishing event.

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