Marvel Studios has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct its upcoming Shang-Chi, which will feature the studio’s first Asian lead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The director previously worked with Captain Marvel star Brie Larson on both Short Term 12 (2013) and The Glass Castle (2017), and he is currently directing Black Panther‘s Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy.
Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham is on script duty. Callaham is known for co-writing Wonder Woman 1984 with Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins. He’s also working on the recently-announced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
Shang-Chi was first seen in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973 and was created by Steven Engelhart and Jim Starlin. Shang-Chi fights unarmed, as well as with weapons like a gun, nunchaku and jian in the wushu style. He can also create duplicates of himself.
Shang-Chi is the son of Fu Manchu and was trained by his father and his father’s instructors in martial arts, eventually realizing that Fu Manchu isn’t a good man. Shang-Chi has also been an Avenger.
Shang-Chi has worked with Iron Fist, The Thing, Spider-Man, Black Widow and Nick Fury, setting the character in a perfect position to join the team as Marvel Studios moves into its next phase. He’s also been a member of Heroes for Hire.