“Shang-Chi” Sequel With Director Destin Daniel Cretton in The Works
Buckle up, Shang-Chi fans—a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is officially happening, with director Destin Daniel Cretton returning to write and helm. Want more good news on this front? Cretton is also developing a Marvel series for Disney+.
For those of you who loved Shang-Chi (and we are legion), and are especially excited for what the future holds for the character after that post-credits scene with his equally potent sister, Xialing (played by the excellent Meng’er Zhang), the sequel was not only necessary but so, too, was bringing back Cretton to direct. Variety confirms that the director has signed a multi-year overall deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective, which will give Cretton the chance to develop TV projects for Marvel Studios on Disney+ and the Onyx Collective for Hulu and other platforms.
Shang-Chi was the first MCU film to feature an Asian lead and a mostly Asian cast, with Simu Liu in the title role, Awkwafina as his best friend Katy, the aforementioned Meng’er Zhang as his sister Xialing, Tony Leung as his father Wenwu, and Michelle Yeoh as his mother Ying Nan. For those of you who watched the post-credits scene involving Zhang’s Xialing, you saw (spoiler alert) that after helping Shang-Chi defeat their father, it looks as if Xialing has taken up her father’s now empty throne at the top of the Ten Rings criminal syndicate. This means there might be a sibling battle coming in Shang-Chi 2.
“Destin is an amazing collaborator who brought a unique perspective and skill to ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in a statement. “We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney Plus, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started.”
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Featured image: (L-R): Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.