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‘Shang-Chi’ to be a movie about ‘camaraderie, family and connection,’ says director

The upcoming Marvel film will tell the story of family.

Destin Daniel Cretton, left, and Simu Liu speaks during the “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego.
Destin Daniel Cretton, left, and Simu Liu speaks during the “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego.
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The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will have several family ties to it, according to the film’s director.

What happened: “Shang-Chi” director Destin Daniel Cretton told The Hollywood Reporter he wanted to adapt the comic book story for film because it gives children a new hero to embrace.

  • Cretton: “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.”

Flashback: Cretton previously said on the “They Call Us Bruce” podcast that the family would have a focus on family, according to ComicBookMovie.com.

  • Cretton: You can expect “the ideas of camaraderie, family and connection is something that will definitely be a part of this movie.”

From the boss: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said recently that the film will have Asian representation, according to CinemaBlend.

“Like ‘Shang-Chi,’ we’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time. We want to make a movie with a 98% Asian cast. And then you talk about, as you develop the movie, what other heroes can you bring into it, if you need them? And in the case of Black Panther (in ‘Captain America: Civil War’), it was the greatest thing that ever happened.”

Release: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will release Feb. 12, 2021.