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Late previous 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.

In a big power move by your super mates over at Marvel, director Destin Daniel Cretton has been hired to helm the studio's first Asian-led film about kung fu master and superhero Shang-Chi.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton is best known for directing the movie Short Term 12, an independent film about a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.

Marvel likely hopes "Shang-Chi" will do the same, following the success of last year's "Crazy Rich Asians", which smashed box-office records after becoming the first Hollywood studio movie in 25 years to feature a majority Asian cast. Additionally, he is now directing Just Mercy, a biopic about Civil Rights attorney Bryan Stevenson starring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. His father is the villain Fu Manchu, with his mother, a white American woman who was genetically selected by his father.

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Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham has been said to be writing the Shang-Chi script, which Deadline says "will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with".

Cretton's now helming Just Mercy (which he also wrote) with Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, and picked up a lot of positive attention with the excellent Short Term 12. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared. It stars Larson, who collaborated with Cretton on 2013's "Short Term 12" and 2017's "The Glass Castle".

The first Marvel movie to feature an Asian superhero has bagged its director.

Shang-Chi appears to be another key player in the next phase of Marvel flicks following the events of Avengers: Endgame.


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