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Shang-Chi sequel announced with director Daniel Cretton returning

As if there was any doubt, Disney formally announced today it would be producing a sequel to the number 1 box office hit of 2021-Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, reported Deadline.

While not a surprise after generating $224 million in domestic ticket sales, the official announcement generated excitement among Marvel fans.

Star Simu Liu also reacted with a dig at some of the skeptics who wondered if a movie about an Asian superhero could do well at the box office.

“Flopped so hard we got a sequel,” he tweeted.

The studio also announced that Daniel Cretton would return to direct the follow up.

“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,” said Tara Duncan, president of Freeform and Hulu’s Onyx Collective, said in a statement to Variety.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 16: Director Destin Daniel Cretton attends the “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” World Premiere at El Capitan Theatre on August 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The Chinese American director will also be behind an offshoot on Disney plus. Comicbook.com reports its unclear if the TV show, while set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be directly connected to Shang-Chi.

Cretton is also working on American Born Chinese for Disney Plus. That show is inspired by Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel by the same name, reports Deadline.

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