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Entertainment: During a meeting for 'Shang-Chi,' director Destin Daniel Cretton took a risk and mentioned how he told his agent: 'Don't ever let me do a Marvel movie.' He decided to be himself even though it could have cost him the job.

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Destin Daniel Cretton holding a sign: Destin Daniel Cretton speaks at a special screening of © Kevin Winter/Getty Images Destin Daniel Cretton speaks at a special screening of "Shang-Chi" at El Capitan Theatre on September 2, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Director Destin Daniel Cretton told his agent to never let him work on a Marvel movie.
  • Then he learned Marvel was searching for a director for "Shang-Chi."
  • Cretton was honest and shared that with Marvel, knowing it could hurt his chance at directing.
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"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" director Destin Daniel Cretton had a big decision to make when met with Marvel Studios about potentially working on the now record-breaking hit.

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Should he just be himself or be the person he thought Marvel wanted him to be during their meeting? He decided to just be himself, even if it meant it may cost him working on the studio's first film to feature a prominently Asian cast and superhero.

"I did have a giant, personal fear of stepping into a movie like this," director Destin Daniel Cretton told press, including Insider, in August during a virtual press conference for "Shang-Chi."

"When I pitched to [Marvel Studios' president] Kevin [Feige]... I just told myself, I'm just going to be myself. I have a tendency to be pressured to not be myself," Cretton said, before deciding, "I'm just going to be myself in this pitch and walk out feeling good that I did that."

Destin Daniel Cretton, Simu Liu looking at a cell phone: Destin Daniel Cretton (far left) is seen on the set of © Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios Destin Daniel Cretton (far left) is seen on the set of "Shang-Chi" with star Simu Liu (far right). Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios

There was one moment during their conversation where he reached a crossroads about how to respond to a particular question.

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"They asked me, 'Have you always wanted to do a big Marvel movie?'" Cretton said, unsure in the moment if he should be upfront and honest.

He decided to take a risk and do just that.

"The truth was it was a few weeks before they announced that they were looking for a director for this movie that I made a very real decision and called my agent and said, 'Don't ever let me do a Marvel movie,'" Cretton recalled as the rest of the cast sitting alongside him during the press conference started to laugh.

Simu Liu, Destin Daniel Cretton posing for a photo: Kevin Feige, Destin Daniel Cretton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Meng'er Zhang, Simu Liu, and Awkwafina were all part of the © Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Destin Daniel Cretton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Meng'er Zhang, Simu Liu, and Awkwafina were all part of the "Shang-Chi" press conference hosted by cast member Ronny Chieng. Marvel Studios

Cretton said he admitted that to Feige and a few other producers, including Victoria Alonso and Louis D'Esposito as he made his pitch for the film.

"I explained to them when they made the announcement for 'Shang-Chi' something sparked in me that made me have to go in and just take a meeting and that turned into this," Cretton said. "When I was in the elevator going down, leaving that meeting, I thought, 'You're an idiot' for saying that final thing."

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Cretton said he later had a conversation with his friend and "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler in which he gave him some advice about entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Black Panther," which was released in 2018, became the first comic-book movie to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

"I was scared of stepping into a big studio movie like this and scared of what it might do to me," Cretton said of the pressure he anticipated for "Shang-Chi." "Will I cave? I had a lot of fears."

a man doing a trick on a skateboard: Shang-Chi faces off against his father, Wenwu, in © Marvel Studios Shang-Chi faces off against his father, Wenwu, in "Shang-Chi." Marvel Studios

"The thing that Ryan said to me, which really eased my mind was, 'The pressure is hard. It'll be the hardest thing, potentially, that you have done up to this point, but none of that pressure or none of those complications come from the people that you're working with or for.'"

Cretton said that was true, adding: "This is a very special place to work where - not to toot Kevin's horn - but there is an environment of curiosity, of exploration that comes from the top down. There's no fear-based mentality in this studio, which has really allowed us to take risks. and chances and be able to instill that same fearless exploration with everybody involved in this film and I think that's a huge reason that the movie turned out the way that it did."

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Kevin Feige, Simu Liu, Destin Daniel Cretton, Ben Kingsley, Ronny Chieng posing for a photo: Ronny tells everyone to go see © Marvel Studios Ronny tells everyone to go see "Shang-Chi." Marvel Studios

In its opening 4-day weekend, "Shang-Chi," grossed $90 million, setting a Labor Day box-office record on what's typically a slower weekend.

"Shang-Chi" is currently in theaters, starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng'er Zhang, and Michelle Yeoh. You can read our review here.

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