Cover Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' (Photo: courtesy of Marvel Studios)

Director Destin Daniel Cretton is returning to direct and write the sequel to the Marvel martial arts movie

In case you ever doubted it—it’s now confirmed that a sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is underway. This might not come as a surprise since the post-credits scene hinted that Shang-Chi will return. Released over the Labour Day weekend in the US, the Marvel movie is also the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office, raking in US$224.5 million. Worldwide, it grossed almost US$432 million.

Director Destin Daniel Cretton will be returning to both the director and writer’s seat for the sequel. The director is also booked to develop a Marvel series for Disney+, signing on an exclusive multi-year deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu’s Onyx Collection.

Shang-Chi, the second movie in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four, was historic. It was the first Marvel movie to star an Asian superhero and have a mostly Asian cast led by Simu Liu as the titular Shang-Chi as well as Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung and Awkwafina. It garnered positive reviews for the action sequences, the representation of Asian culture and the standout performances of Liu and Leung.

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“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,” says Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer at Marvel.

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

Nothing has been revealed about the plot of the sequel. But if we based it on the ending, or rather, on what the post-credits scene teased, it’s that our heroes might rack the beacon that the tens rings are giving out. Stay tuned for more news about the exciting sequel to Shang-Chi.

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