The upcoming live-action adaptation for Marvel’s Shang-Chi is taking a massive step forward to becoming a reality today, as Deadline has learned that Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) has been tapped to helm the upcoming film. The report stresses that Marvel is looking to take a similar approach to Shang-Chi as it did with Black Panther, putting a strong emphasis on cultural mainland China and its traditions and customs. The film will also include a predominantly Asian cast, marking Marvel’s first Asian lead film.
Cretton’s previous credits include a collaboration with Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, and he will be directing the film from a script by Wonder Woman 1984 writer, David Callaham.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Wonder Woman 1984 scribe, David Callaham, was picked up by Marvel Studios to pen an upcoming film, and that film has now been revealed to be a live-action Shang-Chi film. Marvel is focusing on delivering a powerful and authentic story with an Asian or Asian-American director to helm the adaptation with the hopes of creating a world focused on Asian and Asian American themes.
Deadline also adds a bit of background on Shang-Chi, himself, who may not be familiar to many fans:
In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.