Marvel Studios is reportedly angling for Shang-Chi to celebrate Asian and Asian-American cultures both in front of the camera and behind it, similiar to 2018's Black Panther. Information on the upcoming movie is pretty thin on the ground, but Deadline's reporting that Marvel Studios is courting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct it.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton is best known for directing the movie Short Term 12, an independent film about a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers. Unlike the other Marvel martial arts heroes, Shang-Chi headlined his own comic book series, The Master of Kung Fu. His father is the villain Fu Manchu, with his mother, a white American woman who was genetically selected by his father. 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. Both Jordan and Larson have made an impact in recent Marvel Studios movies, Larson in the title role of the box office hit Captain Marvel and Jordan as Killmonger in last year's mega-blockbuster Black Panther.
That film "shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free", but we're here to talk about Shang-Chi. Larson later teamed up with Cretton on the film The Glass Castle, and will do so again alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in the upcoming film Just Mercy.
Marvel recently released its first female-led movie, "Captain Marvel", which has over-performed with more than $500 million in worldwide grosses in less than a week.