He's now making the drama Just Mercy with two other Marvel stars, Brie Larson - aka Captain Marvel herself - and Michael B. Jordan, aka Killmonger from 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. Dave Callaham, who co-wrote the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and is reportedly writing a sequel for Into the Spider-Verse, is working on a script for Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi will be Marvel's first MCU film featuring an Asian lead actor, as well as a primarily Asian-American and Asian cast. They just connected in a big way with Captain Marvel, and while their official plans beyond Spider-Man: Far From Home are a mystery, it sounds like a Shang-Chi movie is going to be a priority for them.
Cretton and Callaham are both Asian-American filmmakers. Shang-Chi, known as the "Master of Kung Fu," first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973.
Cretton's prior credits include Short Term 12, which was adapted from a short film he made in 2009.
He is now directing "Just Mercy", an adaptation of lawyer and civil rights advocate Bryan Stevenson's memoir, featuring Larson and Michael B. Jordan. I wouldn't be surprised if Larson put a good word in for Cretton with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. He previously directed The Glass Castle and the terrific indie Short Term 12, both of which coincidentally featured Marvel's newest star, Brie Larson, in one of her early breakout roles. What we do know is that at some point, mutants will be introduced into the franchise, The Eternals will shed some light on the deep history of the universe and we also know that the studio is eager to get Shang-Chi into production.