No sooner is Marvel reeling from the success of Short Term 12 star Brie Larson’s debut as Captain Marvel, then the studio has gotten on the blower to the film’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, for the upcoming umpteenth chapter to the MCU, Shang-Chi!
Deadline has confirmed that the deal has been done for Cretton who will be helming the first entry to the MCU focusing on a lead Asian hero. Arriving on the page back in 1973, Shang-Chi began his life in the comic book world as a man of numerous skills in martial arts, squaring off against superhuman adversaries with only his fists as a form of defence. Eventually, his acts of heroism led him to join the Avengers, gaining the ability to duplicate himself and even the odds if he is ever outnumbered.
The script has already been signed, sealed and delivered to Marvel HQ courtesy of Dave Callaham, whose recent credits include Wonder Woman 1984 and Zombieland 2: Double Tap, as well as the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
While it may be a brave move for Marvel looking to their lesser-known league of heroes, it certainly isn’t an original one – and that’s not a bad thing. Let’s not forget, way back when, half the fans of this massive enterprise had a clue who the Guardians of the Galaxy, and now we’re itching for them to return in Avengers: Endgame. It’s also worth noting that, like Black Panther hired a majority of Black cast and crew for the project, Shang-Chi is set on obtaining an Asian American crew to bring the master of martial arts to life.
Currently, there are no names for the lead role, but chances are he’ll be able to hold his own in a scrap. Feel free to place your bets on who the potential contender could be and add them in the comments below.