With all eyes on Avengers: Endgame, it’s clear that big changes are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it’s hard to know exactly what those changes will be. While some future projects have already been revealed–including new Spider-Man and Doctor Strange movies, a Black Widow prequel, and shows on the Disney+ streaming service–there are big pieces of the MCU that remain a mystery.
In the midst of all of that, though, Marvel looks to be introducing new characters to the fold as it continues to build out its superhero universe. One of those characters, “Master of Kung Fu” Shang-Chi, was previously revealed to be getting his own standalone movie. This will be the studio’s first film featuring an Asian actor in the lead. Though no release date has been announced, a director for the film has been found. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Destin Daniel Cretton will helm the project, with Wonder Woman 1984 screenwriter Dave Callaham handling the script. The Shang-Chi movie hasn’t been cast, though THR reports Marvel is planning to put together a largely Asian and Asian-American ensemble.
While this will be Cretton’s first superhero film, the director has some impressive credits to his name. He previously served as writer and director on the movies Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, both of which starred Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson. He’s currently working on his newest project, Just Mercy. The film sees him teaming once again with Larson, as well as Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan.
As for how Shang-Chi will fit into the larger MCU, that should be an interesting hurdle to tackle. In the comics, the character has the superhuman ability to create duplicates of himself, which could be useful when an army of heroes are needed. Beyond that, it’s simply his mastery of the martial arts that makes Shang-Chi stand out. While he may not shoot photon blasts or be able to fly, he has more than held his own against superhuman villains in the past.
Before we get to Shang-Chi, though, there’s lots to come from the MCU, whether it’s Avengers: Endgame or the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. Whatever the case, it’s clear that Marvel’s not going anywhere and that’s an exciting thing.