Even though “Captain Marvel” is still dominating the box office, and “Avengers: End Game” is set to release next month, Marvel Studios is already hard at work on its future projects. Multiple outlets are now reporting that the studio has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct “Shang-Chi,” the first Asian protagonist in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There’s already a connection between Destin Daniel Cretton and the Marvel films; Cretton is currently directing Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, in the drama “Just Mercy.” That film also features another Marvel actor, Michael B. Jordan, who played the role of Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther.”
Dave Callaham is expected to write the script for the “Shan-Chi” film, which will bring Shang’s story into the modern-era and introduce the character to the MCU.
In the comics, Shang-Chi is a half-American, half-Chinese superhero and crime-fighter. Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin brought the character to life, and he first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 back in 1973.
Kevin Feige is producing the project, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serving as executive producers.
“Captain Marvel” made an estimated $153M across 4,310 locations on opening weekend. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed that MCU installment; the film features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan.
The next big release for Marvel fans is “Avengers: Endgame” from directors Joe and Anthony Russo. That film brings back almost every actor that has ever played a role in a Marvel movie, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper (Voice), Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Letitia Wright, Chadwick Boseman, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
If “Avengers: Endgame” wants to top the opening box office charts in April, it will have to beat the “Avengers: Infinity War” $257.6M opening set in 2018.
Deadline was one of the first outlets to report Destin Daniel Cretton’s involvement.