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Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Script Is "Modernized", Will Avoid Asian Stereotypes

Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Script Is

The studio has hired Asian-American director Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the project, Deadline reported Wednesday, and The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed.

Marvel Studios has often reached into the independent film world to pluck talented filmmakers for their superhero movies, and they've done it again with their Shang-Chi director. Dave Callaham, who co-wrote the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and is reportedly writing a sequel for Into the Spider-Verse, is working on a script for Shang-Chi. Larson also starred in Cretton's Short Term 12, where she first started getting attention as an actor, and in 2017's adaptation of The Glass Castle.

Cretton, who is now directing the Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan movie "Just Mercy", has been officially hired to direct "Shang-Chi".

The news comes as Captain Marvel has raked in $524 million at the worldwide box office.

He's now working with Larson and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan on Just Mercy, which also stars Jamie Foxx.

Callaham has strong credentials in the superhero and franchise-building realms and his own experiences as a Chinese-American will inform the Shang-Chi movie mythology. Shang-Chi eventually fell into obscurity and he rarely appeared.

In the wrong hands, the Kung Fu character of Shang-Chi could open up Marvel Studios to accusations of stereotyping (and indeed, he was created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart as a response to the popularity of the show Kung Fu). In recent years, he has become a prominent member of the Avengers and the Secret Avengers, with major roles in both Jonathan Hickman and Warren Ellis' runs on the titles.

Jordan appeared in 2018's "Black Panther", Marvel's first solo movie with a black lead.

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



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