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Ryan Coogler Rumored to Be in the Talks to Direct Avengers: Secret Wars After Black Panther 2 Amidst Russo Brothers Opting Out

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Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther became a monumental success as it scored big with critics and audiences. The director ensured that the movie was unique and yet fit into the MCU’s overall narrative by bringing in collaborators from his previous films, Creed.

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Ryan Coogler next to the late Chadwick Boseman who played Black Panther.

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With the sequel to Black Panther close to release, Marvel has already started working on the production of Avengers: Secret Wars. The Russo Brothers were rumored to be directing the Avengers installment, but Kevin Feige confirmed they won’t be included, opening up possibilities for other directors.

Ryan Coogler for Avengers: Secret Wars?

Considering the two upcoming Avengers installments are quite huge, MCU probably intends to do with the directors they trust. Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton is already set to direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and new rumors suggest Ryan Coogler will be directing the next one.

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Ryan Coogler has already finished directing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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As reported in an episode of The Weekly Planet Podcast, news regarding the Secret Wars was revealed which included the possibility that Ryan Coogler would be directing the Avengers Installment. The podcast’s host James Clement said:

“And Ryan Coogler, here’s another scoop, Mason, is at the very least one of the directors, is currently in talks for Secret Wars. Which makes a lot of sense and yeah, the source here says, this is a reliable source, this person says ‘a fairly obvious choice.’ And it is. That makes sense.”

This obviously doesn’t rule out other directors, but Marvel might prefer to stick to directors they’ve already worked with, including James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Jon Watts, and many more

Is Ryan Coogler the right guy for the job?

Despite some duds in phase 4, Marvel has generally made good decisions while selecting the creative team for their films. On the other hand, Ryan Coogler has proved incredibly successful under the Marvel tent, making over a billion dollars with Black Panther.

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Black Panther won 3 Oscars and was nominated for 4, including best motion picture of the year.

Also read: “You got this”: Letitia Wright Claims She Could Hear Chadwick Boseman Talking to Her While Filming Black Panther 2

The director is already working on the Ironheart for Disney+, with his company Proximity Media involved in the production of the series. So it does seem to be the case that Marvel and Kevin Feige trust Ryan Coogler’s acumen with filmmaking, justifying his selection for Secret Wars.

Avengers: Secret Wars is expected to release in November of 2025.

Source: The Direct

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.