'Avengers: Kang Dynasty' Adds Destin Daniel Cretton As Director On The Roster

'Avengers: Kang Dynasty' Adds Destin Daniel Cretton As Director On The Roster

Cretton will only be directing 'Kang Dynasty' and not 'Avengers: Secret Wars'. Both the films are slated to release in theatres in the same year.

Marvel Studios recently announced their director for the Phase 6 giant, Avengers: Kang Dynasty, the first part of the concluding films of the Multiverse Saga. Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is said to helm the highly anticipated project, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news. 


While Kang Dynasty is set to release on May 2, 2025, Avengers: Secret Wars is yet to recruit a director. Currently, Kang Dynasty has no writers or cast members but it can be presumed that all the new characters introduced through Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase 4 will pay off in the ultimate conflict with Kang. Previously, Joe and Anthony Russo, the director duo, led both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, it seems unlikely that Cretton will be directing both the films, Variety reported, considering they will both be arriving in the same year. 


As the title suggests, Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, will be a central part of the film. In the comic run, Kang did conquer Earth until the Avengers defeated him (or we may get ambushed and the MCU will just be a barren wasteland). Kang made a brief appearance in Loki, giving fans a taste of the chaos the character could bring to the Multiverse. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania coming to theatres in 2023, the character will be explored in further detail surrounded by the quantum realm. 


Cretton has been an insider with the Marvel Universe for a while, even before the Shang-Chi era. His claim to fame was the beloved indie from 2013 titled Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson. Since this film, Larson has appeared in every single one of Cretton’s movies. Additionally, he has worked with Erik Killmonger actor Michael B. Jordan in the film, The Glass Castle. He will also be directing the Shang-Chi sequel currently in the works. Strengthening his connection within the Marvel Universe, Cretton along with Andrew Guest serving as the head writer (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community) will be working on the live-action series Wonder Man with the Onyx Collective. 


Cretton expressed that he asked a couple of people for advice on joining the MCU, including Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. “They all said yes,” Cretton said. “What really hung with me was something that Ryan told me, which was, yes, it is stressful, yes, there’s a lot of pressure, but none of that comes from the people you are working with. The group of people who are behind the studio and behind this movie, they’re incredibly special and supportive. Really, they’re like kids—they love to explore. They’re curious about each scene. … And it’s all out of the love of all these fans. Every decision we made was to try to put together the best thing for all these fans.”

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