Marvel's Shang-Chi Will Employ A Matrix-Style Tone

Director Destin Daniel Cretton claims the upcoming Marvel Studios film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will look to 1999's The Matrix as a stylistic influence, which should be easy with The Matrix cinematographer Bill Pope on staff.

"He has a really beautiful style, that’s both naturalistic and grounded, but also heightened, in the best way. And anybody who can shoot The Matrix is probably gonna do great with this one," Cretton told Collider when asked about his decision to hire Pope. Cretton then went onto say that the tone of The Matrix "feels right" for Marvel's first Asian American venture.

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Pope is a veteran cinematographer whose credits include 2004's Spider-Man 2, 2007's Spider-Man 3 and 2010's Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. He will also serve as cinematographer on the upcoming Charlie's Angels film.

Destin Daniel Cretton's next film to be released is Just Mercy, which stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson and more.

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Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the Mandarin and Awkwafina. The film arrives in theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.

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