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Marvel Cinemtic fans recently experienced the origin story of fan-favorite, Natasha Romanoff in BLACK WIDOW, but soon they will be introduced to the newest superhero in the MCU. To prepare for the next installment in Marvel Phase Four and the origin story of Shang-Chi, we interviewed Destin Daniel Cretton, director of SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS.
Destin Daniel Cretton most recently directed the AMC Artisan Film JUST MERCY, starring two of Hollywood’s biggest names who have played an integral part in the success of the MCU, Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. Cretton told us that the two actors were influential in his transition from the creative development of the smaller budget, artisan films to the blockbuster machine that is Marvel. Ryan Coogler, director of the BLACK PANTHER also played an essential role during the process, influencing Cretton’s decision with bringing his vision of the character to life and making him relevant, current so all fans could relate too him, whether you are Asian American, African American or Caucasian. “The fulfilment of a childhood dream to actually put a superhero in the world that, I could actually dress up like at Halloween, or relate to as an Asian American… with Simu was extremely fulfilling.”
A very important aspect in the creative process for Cretton was watching actor, Simu Liu transform himself into the hero, Shang-Chi, “Watching Simu bring the character to life with his humor, charisma and his intensity, was really fulfilling and magical.” He spoke about his excitement for fans who will be inspired by Shang-Chi, as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, turning his pain from the past into strength. More importantly though, he is very excited for fans to discover all of the characters in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, “I am as equally excited to introduce the world to all of these characters, they’re such a rainbow of personalities, that when you leave the theatre will be almost impossible for you to hold on to the fictional belief that all Asians are the same. Every character in this movie is so beautifully and drastically different.”