“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” director Destin Daniel Cretton has already got his eyes on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he’s already got ideas for a “Shang Chi” sequel.
Cretton told me in an interview Monday that he had a positive experience working with the “Shang-Chi” crew, who were always bouncing new ideas around.
“I think that the experience of making this with this team was incredibly positive. And when it is a positive experience, I think you’re just in the moment and you’re already fantasizing about — what if we did that? What about this in ‘Shang-Chi 2’? What about a fight set here?” he said.
In fact, Cretton said they’ve already got ideas for a sequel, if not more movies.
“We have a whole bucket full of ideas ... that would be fun to tap into for future movies,” he said.
“Shang-Chi” tells the story of Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), who learns that his father, the Mandarin (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), is looking for Shang-Chi and his sister, Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), as well as some mystical items that could change the course of history. But soon, their worlds collide, and Shaun is forced to deal with his father’s growing thirst of power. It’s the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At a press conference for “Shang-Chi” that I attended, Cretton said he had some fears about directing a Marvel movie, especially one as ambitious as “Shang-Chi.”
“I did have a giant personal fear of stepping into a movie like this. When I pitched to Kevin Feige), in the pitch one of the last things I did. … I told myself I’m just gonna be myself. I have a tendency to be pressured to not be myself. And I was like I’m just gonna be myself in this pitch and walk out feeling good that I did that,” he said.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will hit theaters on Sept. 3