Destin Daniel Cretton
Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios
United States
2021

Family Owned

Destin
Daniel
Cretton

Cretton made history as the first person to helm an Asian-centric Marvel movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” 2021’s top domestic grosser as of October. Born in Hawaii to a Japanese-American hairdresser and a firefighter of Irish and Slovakian descent, Cretton became a lauded talent via his 2013 film “Short Term 12,” which starred “Captain Marvel” hero Brie Larson and Rami Malek ahead of their breakthroughs in “Room” and “Mr. Robot,” respectively. Inspired by Cretton’s experiences working in a foster home, the film won numerous awards from festivals, leading him to helm further films like 2019’s Michael B. Jordan-led “Just Mercy.” After signing on to direct and produce a series adaptation of graphic novel “American Born Chinese” for Disney+, Cretton entered into an exclusive overall deal with Marvel as well as Hulu’s Onyx Collective to develop TV projects under his Family Owned shingle, with Disney confirming he was officially onboard to write and direct a “Shang-Chi” sequel.

Career

  • SHORT TERM 12
  • JUST MERCY
  • SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Education

  • Point Loma Nazarene University (CA, USA)
  • San Diego State University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

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