‘Shang-Chi 2’: Simu Liu Says Destin Daniel Cretton Will Return To Direct Marvel’s Sequel

As Disney rethinks and reorganizes Marvel Studios’ future plans, we’ve seen a lot of shake-ups. One of the biggest centered on director Destin Daniel Cretton, who was meant to direct Avengers: Kang Dynasty as his follow-up to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. But Cretton dropped out a few months ago, citing the number of Marvel projects he already has coming up. And that led to some thinking Cretton might also exit the Shang-Chi sequel, which seems to have been put on the backburner.

Well, not true. According to star Simu Liu in an interview with CBM, Cretton is still very much aboard Shang-Chi 2. Not that Liu has any other information on the film’s status…

“Oh man, I don’t know, to be honest,” Liu began. “I mean, those things are so above my pay grade. I just want to continue to be a fan of it. You know, when I get a call of like, ‘Hey, this is what you’re in, and this is where you’re going to show up. And, this is when you’re going to need to be blacked out for.’ That’s kind of generally what tends to happen. But, you know Destin is such a special filmmaker, and we’re very happy to have him on the sequel. So, he’ll be working on that, and we’re really excited to see what he comes up with. I think he’s going to do a brilliant job.”

Cretton is also attached to a Wonder Man series for Disney+. That show looked like it was getting the axe, but is still in production.

Shang-Chi 2 remains a mystery, though. It has no release date, no writers, and no start date, which means it probably won’t arrive until 2026, maybe 2025 if they can push it. Cretton’s got a lot on his plate. I’m not convinced Marvel will go through with a sequel at all, considering the first movie was only a modest success and Disney’s been gung-ho about reducing output.

Travis Hopson
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