If Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy may seem like obscure Marvel characters to make a movie about, then Shang-Chi may be even less known, having primarily appeared in the Master of Kung-Fu series through the '70s and '80s and few of those Master of Kung Fu comics have been reprinted.
He's now making the drama Just Mercy with two other Marvel stars, Brie Larson - aka Captain Marvel herself - and Michael B. Jordan, aka Killmonger from Black Panther.
The character was created amid the martial arts craze in the 1970s, and some of Shang-Chi's earliest appearances are criticized for their stereotypical approach.
Introduced in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 197, the script will reportedly modernize the source material in order to avoid the character stereotypes of the time. Because of that, Marvel's already building a creative team comprised of Asian-American filmmakers and plans to build a cast of Asian and Asian-American stars, in the hopes of crafting a film that's as much a cultural touchstone within the superhero subgenre as it is a commercial success. Share your thoughts below!
He's now working with Larson and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan on Just Mercy, which also stars Jamie Foxx. Cretton made the critically-acclaimed film Short Term 12, which starred Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson in her first leading role.
Deadline's report stresses that Marvel is looking to handle Shang-Chi in a manner similar to Black Panther.
Jordan appeared in 2018's "Black Panther", Marvel's first solo movie with a black lead.
The first Marvel movie to feature an Asian superhero has bagged its director. The studio is also gearing up for major releases this summer including Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.