Shang-Chi director referred to Good Will Hunting in his Pitch To Marvel
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton reveals that he referred to Good Will Hunting during his presentation at Marvel Studios.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings Destin director Daniel Cretton reveals he’s referenced Goodwill hunting during his pitch at Marvel Studios. Shang-Chi hit theaters earlier this year, introducing Simu Liu’s Kung Fu Master to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As well as being the first superhero film to be directed by Asian studios, the film features a predominantly Asian and Asian-American cast that includes Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung, Benedict Wong, Fala Chen, and Meng’er Zhang.
Shang-Chi follows its main character who, after spending a decade of his life in San Francisco, is forced to confront Wenwu (Leung), his ring-bearer father and head of the eponymous criminal organization Ten Rings. In addition to breaking box office records and becoming the highest grossing film of 2021 at the domestic box office (so far), Shang-Chi has the highest audience score of any MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes thanks to its action, performance, and gripping origin story.
In a recent interview with THR, Cretton explained how he got the director job Shang-Chi with reference to the tone and themes of the Oscar-winning film Goodwill hunting. According to the director, he struggled to come up with an idea that he said would get him the job. Therefore, by evoking images and scenes of Goodwill hunting, he presented the type of story he would have liked to see grow up but featuring Asian Americans.
“I didn’t think it would necessarily be something Marvel wanted,” Cretton said. “It was a very intimate talk about a relationship between a father and a son and a family learning to come to terms with their pain.”
In the same interview, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, recalled the presentation of Cretton: ‘He said:’ Like that! But with Asians.
1997 Goodwill hunting follows Matt Damon as Will, an MIT janitor with a genius IQ who decides to waste his potential in large part because of his troubled past. When his talents are discovered by one of the teachers (Stellan Skarsgard), Will is teamed up with Robin Williams’ Dr Sean Maguire, who offers him advice, support and catharsis. At the end of the film, Will comes to terms with his abusive upbringing and moves forward with a new outlook on life, which is reminiscent of Shang-Chi’s journey reconciling his past and embracing his potential. That being said, in July, Liu revealed that he had even read a monologue by Goodwill hunting as part of the hearing process.
Cretton’s approach to Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings has resonated with audiences around the world. It is therefore not surprising that Feige and his company chose him to lead both a Shang-Chi sequel and a Disney + series, which may or may not have to do with the Ten Rings star Xialing, and delves into the comedy that his flagship film balanced so well. To quote Ben Affleck Goodwill hunting character, Chuckie, it’s no exaggeration to call Cretton “smart villain. “
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