Shang-Chi 2 is officially in the works with Destin Daniel Cretton returning as writer and director

By Stephen Ippolito | December 6th, 2021

Disney has announced that director Destin Daniel Cretton has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collective. As part of the deal, Cretton will write and direct a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and develop a new MCU series for Disney+.

Cretton, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and President Freeform & Onyx Collective Tara Duncan, have all released statements on the exciting news.

“Working on Shang-Chi with Kevin and the Marvel Studios team was one of the highlights of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited about Tara’s vision for Onyx Collective. I can’t wait to explore new stories and build new worlds with this community.”

Destin Daniel Cretton

“Destin is an amazing collaborator who brought a unique perspective and skill to Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. We had a fantastic time working together on the film and he has so many intriguing ideas for stories to bring to life on Disney+, so we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with him and can’t wait to get started.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige

“Destin is a powerhouse storyteller with impeccable taste in material. As we continue to expand our roster, Destin’s unique voice will help usher in an exciting slate of content for our global audience.”

Freeform & Onyx Collective President Tara Duncan

News of a sequel to Shang-Chi shouldn’t come as a surprise. Released in September, the Simu Liu-led film became the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2021 (so far) after bringing in $224.5M. Worldwide it has also brought in $432M. In addition, the Phase Four film was also a hit with critics as it holds a 91% rating on Rotton Tomatoes.

As for the Disney+ series that Cretton will develop, while it wasn’t said, one has to wonder if it will have something to do with the Ten Rings.

During the post-credits scene of Shang-Chi, it was revealed that his sister, Xu Xialing, had taken control of her father’s organization, the Ten Rings. After the scene cut to black, a message popped up that said “The Ten Rings will return.” Many have suspected that a show on Disney’s streaming service would be the most likely place for them to return.

There’s no word on when both projects will be released. If I had to guess, you probably won’t see either until at least 2024.

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