With the huge success of Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings both as a film and exhibiting representation, it's safe to say it's become a global phenomenon. It made Simu Liu one of the next leading man in this phase of Marvel superheroes. At the helm of it all was Japanese-Irish filmmaker, Destin Daniel Cretton. Now, he landed an exclusive multi-year deal with Marvel Studios and Hulu's Onyx Collective. Not only that, an equally huge announcement is Cretton is coming back to write and direct the "Shang-Chi" sequel.
We can expect Cretton's work to begin popping up through the streaming services in the next few years. A project already slated and in development is a new MCU series for Disney+. According to the press release from Disney Onyx Collective is "a new content brand on Hulu designed to curate a slate of premium entertainment by creators of color and underrepresented voices."
Deadline also shared, Cretton will be developing TV projects through his new production company, Family Owned alongside partner Asher Goldstein. The production company aims to highlight experiences and communities that are overlooked by media. He joins a roster of admired creators like Natasha Rothwell (SNL), Prentice Penny (Insecure) and all non-Marvel titles produced by Ryan Coogler’s Proximity (Black Panther).
Destin Daniel Cretton's filmography includes I Am Not a Hipster and Short Term 12 which both debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Short Term 12 even won the Grand Jury Prize Award at Sundance and the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. He also worked with Michel B. Jordan in Just Mercy where Jamie Foxx received a supporting role nomination. With almost 10 years in the industry, Cretton continues to make projects that make underrepresented voices heard.
Cover Photo Credit: Destin Daniel Cretton Instagram
Simu Liu and Saweetie recently made their debut on Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Simu hosting and Saweetie as the musical guest lighting up the stage. Simu's opening monologue went smooth and set it up for a great night of sketches. His natural demeanor and delivery were favored by entertainment critics.
Saweetie took the stage twice, performing with a live band and full choreography. We have to give it up to Saweetie as we continue to see her elevate her artistry in every live performance she's recently had. The slowed down, almost uptempo jazzy opening version of her Tap In performance made for a great change of pace and delivery. Check out her performances below.
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Up next for SNL in December is Billie Eilish, Paul Rudd, and Charlie XCX!
Hollywood premieres are back with some adjustments to keep everyone safe, of course. From onsite covid testing to limited media space on the carpets, the new normal has set in, and Hollywood Blvd. is back in business, and this week it was the World Premiere of Marvel's Shang-Chi!
ABS-CBN's Hollywood Correspondent and newly appointed member of the Hollywood Critics Association Yong Chavez was 1 of 18 media Journalists and Outlets that made the cut to witness the Asian excellence in Hollywood that evening.
Our favorite Hollywood Photographer, Sthanlee B. Mirador, was also in attendance and captured Social Media Personality and Singer Bella Poarch's first red carpet premiere. Bella stunned in an all-black look from head to toe, looking like she just stepped out of her "Build a B***h" music video. It might have been her first big premiere, but she was absolutely ready for her close-up.
Also in attendance was newly engaged Singer/Songwriter AJ Rafael and Executive Producer of Disney's Launchpad Short Film series and retired Disneyland Princess Alyssa Navarro. As well as our guy Guapdad 4000 dripping in some Alexander McQueen.
With Shang-Chi being Marvel's first Asain superhero movie and helping break barriers in Hollywood for actors of Asian descent to lead blockbuster movie roles, Gold House Co. has once again stepped up to help advocate for this history-breaking event.
Gold House continues to lead their "Gold Open" movement, pushing for films such as Shang-Chi to be seen, ensuring that these opening weekends are a success. To date, the Gold Open community has supported over 25 Asian-led films and engaged hundreds of thousands of people in showing the world that we are here to be seen and valued.
Speaking of representation, we can't forget about the superheroes behind the scenes. Check out the latest installment of our MYX Original Series "Making it in America," featuring Marvel's Senior Visual Development Artist, Anthony Francisco!
Producer Kevin Feige, stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina, and director Destin Daniel Cretton explore Shang-Chi’s backstory and his connection to the Ten Rings in “Destiny” - a new, exciting, action-packed featurette for Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.”
Shang-Chi’s journey is told with stunning visuals, the MCU’s signature spectacle and displays of mind-blowing action, along with the talents of a diverse, stellar cast and a relatable story. Behind part of the visual development for the film is Marvel’s Senior Visual Development Artist and the “Visual Father of Baby Groot” Anthony Francisco.
If you are a fan of the MCU, Anthony has had a part in some of the visual development in many of your favorite films and tv shows including Black Panther, Loki, Avengers Infinity War and End Game, WandaVision, and now “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” which opens in U.S. theaters on September 3rd.
You can also get to know Anthony and his work in his episode of our new MYX Original series “Making it in America” airing 8/23 on MYX or learn “How to Draw from Your Imagination” with his new courses on Nas Academy.
If you're a Marvel fan, you're in for a treat. The company that brings your favorite Marvel superheroes to life is introducing a new hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shang-Chi also known as the Master of Kung Fu and Brother Hand will have its own standalone film coming September 3, 2021. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu from the sitcom, Kim's Convenience.
The film marks the first Asian lead in a Marvel project. Based on the teaser, Shang-Chi is skilled in martial arts who looks to live a normal life. However, the life he previously left behind is back to catch up with him. He's left to confront it and choose which path to follow. Also featured in the film is the hilarious Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung, and Ronny Chieng. It is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a screenplay by David Callaham, Cretton and Andrew Lanham.
Cover Photo Credit: Marvel Studios Facebook