Shang-Chi Director Wants to Give His Son a Superhero to Look Up To

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After Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios is looking to keep the Representation Wheel going with next year's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The studio has hired director Destin Daniel Cretton to take on the helm, and Cretton reveals he has some personal stakes when it comes to making the film.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cretton explains:

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"I grew up without a superhero to look up to. I gravitated to Spider-Man when I was a kid, primarily because he had a mask covering his face and I could imagine myself under that mask. I would love to give my son a superhero to look up to. I feel very privileged to be a part of telling that story."

While there are a lot of fans online who bemoan the thought of any studio "pushing an agenda," it's clear that these films featuring more diverse characters are hitting the audience members who truly matter—the kids. I mean, Black Panther is not the best Marvel film by any stretch, but if a lot of kids felt like they had a superhero that was theirs, then the movie had done its job.

I'll be honest, I'm not too excited for Shang-Chi just yet, but hopefully, the hype will start sinking in once the first teaser comes out. With a release set for early 2021, hopefully, we get our first preview sometime in November; around the same time as the release of Eternals.

Catch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings when it hits theaters Feb. 12, 2021.

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