Marvel's Shang-Chi Movie Has Found Its Director and Writer

Shang-Chi and a number of his duplicates.
Shang-Chi and a number of his duplicates.
Image: Stefano Caselli, Frank Martin (Marvel)

While Marvel’s still moving forward with its slate of more cosmically-focused movies like Endgame and Eternals, it’s also making progress with a Shang-Chi feature film that, considering the character’s depiction in the comics, could be decidedly more grounded.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, The Glass Castle) has been tapped to direct Shang-Chi with Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2) attached to write the script. Deadline reports that Marvel Studios is planning for Shang-Chi to explore aspects of Asian American identity in a story that’ll borrow from Marvel’s comics, where Shang-Chi is the biracial son of Fu Manchu and doesn’t know that his father is secretly a villain.

No further details about the movie have been announced yet, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

[The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]

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Angrier Geek

Shang-Chi is the biracial son of Fu Manchu

In the preface to the MOKF omnibus (yes, I bought them all) Steve Englehart flat out says making Shang-Chi bi-racial was a racist decision by editorial so that needs be tossed out to up front. Time to drop the idea that there’s no way someone can be the best of at something and not be at least part white.

Second, don’t be afraid to bring in a HK director for the action. Yes, sometimes you get a surprise like The Russo Brothers who had no background in action but make amazing action scenes. But also you get Captain Marvel whose big fight scene with her old Kree unit was as tepid as it gets. Better safe than sorry especially when that’s the raison d’etre of your character. Learn from the failure of Iron Fist.