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‘It’s a promotion of the decade’: Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Finds Its Director in Shang-Chi’s Destin Daniel Cretton, Confirms Russo Brothers Are No Longer in Race

Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed the 2021 MCU movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu, has gone through a major uplift and is now all set to direct the upcoming Marvel Studios project Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

Destin Daniel Cretton
Destin Daniel Cretton is confirmed to direct MCU’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

During the 2022 San Diego Comic-con which was held recently, Marvel Studios president Kevin Fiege showed up with a bag full of announcements; not just for the upcoming Phase 5, but also for Phase 6, as a major surprise to the fans.

Although not a lot of projects have been revealed from Phase 6 as of yet, we do know that it is supposed to conclude with not one, but two Avengers movies – Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which is as of now set for a May 2nd, 2025 release; and Avengers: Secret Wars, which is supposed to release on November 7th, 2025.

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Future Marvel Projects:

Shang-chi
Cretton directed the 2021 MCU movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Although Cretton has already signed with Marvel Studios to develop future projects after the success of Shang-Chi, it comes a huge boost for his career that the director will be at the helm for an Avengers movie, with who knows how many characters in the mix this time around. The first two Avengers movies – The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) were directed by Joss Whedon, after which the baton was passed on to the Russo Brothers – Joe and Anthony – for Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

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While fans of The Russos were hoping for the directorial duo to return for some upcoming projects in the MCU, Kevin Fiege has confirmed that they are “not connected” to any of the Phase 6 projects.

Joe and Anthony Russo, Kevin Fiege
The Russo Brothers with Marvel Studios Kevin Fiege

“They’re not connected to it. They’ve been very direct about that. We love them, they love us. We want to find something to do together, it’s not this.”

For now, we can be sure that if not the Russos, we are definitely getting someone who is already immersed in the Marvel world. Cretton, along with the Shang-Chi sequel, which is set to be released in 2024, is also working along with Andrew Guest, of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Community fame, on a live-action series featuring Wonder Man, rumored to be starring Henry Golding as the lead character.

Kang the Conqueror:

Jonathan Majors
Jonathan Majors as Kang

The character of Kang the Conqueror will be played by Jonathan Majors. The actor has already appeared in the Marvel world as He who Remains, one of the versions of Kang, in the Disney+ series Loki. He is also set to return, as probably another version of Kang, in the upcoming MCU projectAntman and the Wasp: Quantamania. During SDCC, the actor revealed that there are multiple versions of Kang, and the one from Ant-Man will be different from the one in Loki.

Antman and the Wasp: Quantamania, which will launch MCU’s Phase 5, is set to release on 17th February 2023 – with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly returning, along with a grown-up Cassie, played by Katheryn Newton.

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Antman and the Wasp: Quantamania
Antman and the Wasp: Quantamania poster; credits: Marvel Studios

THR has confirmed that Marvel is bagging new directors into their fold, with Mogul Mowgli‘s Bassam Tariq directing the Mahershela Ali-starrer Blade; set for Nov. 3, 2023 release. Julius Onah of Luce fame will be directing Anthony Mackie-starrer Captain America: New World Order, to be released on May 3rd, 2024. And Phase 5 will conclude with Paper Towns director Jake Schreier’s Thunderbolts, which is set to release on July 26th, 2024.

As of now, Marvel is gearing up for a Phase 4 conclusion with the November 11, 2022 release of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

 

Source: THR