Disney Finds New Director For A New Marvel Character!

It was announced late last year that Disney was concidering adding the Marvel martial artist character, Shang-Chi, to the already growing roster for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However,  according to reports by Deadline, they have moved passed considering it to hiring a director.

Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton  has been selected to direct Marvel’s first film that will star an Asian protagonist in the leading role.  At the moment Cretton is directing Just Mercy with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan so it is fare to assume Shang-Chi will be his next project.

You can be forgiven for not knowing the character of Shang-Chi, his comic sales were never at the top of the charts. He first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973.  It launched around the time that the globally successful film Enter the Dragon was released.  In the comic Shang-Chi was raised, educated, and trained in martial arts in a Chinese compound closed off to the outside world.  It is in his seclusion that he managed to develop unsurpassed skills in Kung Fu.

At the moment there is no release date for the Shang-Chi movie, but this is to be expected.  Marvel is keeping their lips shut about future projects until after Avengers: Endgame finishes its run in the theater.  However, my estimation is that it will be in the early part of 2021.

What do you think of getting a Kung Fu martial artist added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  Is it a property that you are looking forward to?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

 

Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’!!

According to sourced at The Hollywood Reporter Michael B. Jordan is set to reteam with Ryan Coogler, who directed him in Creed, for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther movie.

This would be the 3rd time that Jordan is directed by Coogler, who is both writing and directing the Marvel Movie.  The first time was in the indi drama Fruitvale Station, and the second time in the aforementioned Creed.

In the report it also mentioned that Academy-Award winning Lupita Nyong’o may join the film as well, but is still in negotiations. Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan Joins ‘Black Panther’!!”