Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton has entered into an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Disney companies Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective. The filmmaker is already in development with Marvel Studios on a new MCU series for Disney+.
At the same time, Disney has made it official that Cretton is returning to write and direct the previously rumored sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Under the big new overall deal, Cretton will develop TV projects for both Marvel Studios for Disney+ and Onyx Collective across all platforms, including Hulu. Maui-born Cretton will produce through a new production company he is launching with partner Asher Goldstein, named Family Owned. Together they will focus on building a slate of projects in film and TV that highlight the experiences of communities that have traditionally been overlooked by pop culture.
Shang-Chi was a fun entry into the MCU for a few reasons. It was smaller in scale, explored a very different world from what we are used to with Marvel as far as Eastern mysticism, and it had awesome hand-to-hand combat sequences. It also featured what I would say is a top-3 MCU villain performance from Tony Leung. CGI was a little wonky at times, but it was really fun overall and I loved Simu Liu stepping up & showing off his natural charisma & physicality.
The movie ended on an open mark as far as the future of both Shang-Chi and his sister. There are a ton of possibilities and a lot of comic book material to run on, so you should be excited to see where this sequel can go. As far as the larger picture, I'm curious where he goes with Marvel. The quality of the Marvel series have been up & down, and the one pure action series(Falcon & the Winter Soldier) was probably the worst of the bunch. I assume Cretton is on board to direct something similar to that, so hopefully he can realize that potential better than FatWS.
Here is our full Shang-Chi review for those interested.