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.