More upheaval in the MCU. Director Destin Daniel Cretton has officially left the directorial role for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Instead, Cretton will focus on the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sequel, the Wonder Man Disney+ series, and other undisclosed Marvel Studios projects.
This departure prompts Marvel Studios to search for a new director for the ambitious MCU event movie.
According to Jeff Sneider, Kevin Feige ideally wants the same director for both The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, considering them essentially a two-part story. There are hints of a potential title change, and Marvel might shift away from the Kang storyline, possibly replacing Jonathan Majors as the villain or exploring another Multiverse Saga antagonist, like Doctor Doom.
The two-part Avengers saga may adopt the titles Secret Wars Part 1 and Secret Wars Part 2 instead of The Kang Dynasty. Marvel Studios has been considering experienced filmmakers, including Jon Favreau, Ryan Coogler, and Sam Raimi, to helm these ambitious projects.
Loki EP Kevin Wright mentioned that Michael Waldon, writer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is involved in both The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.
The departure of Destin Daniel Cretton raises questions about the future direction of these MCU films, and Marvel will likely provide more details as they finalize the new director and potentially unveil changes to the storyline.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is slated for release on May 1, 2026, with Avengers: Secret Wars following on May 7, 2027.