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MCU Director Confirms His Involvement In Kang Dynasty

Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton confirms that he is involved with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which releases in theaters in May 2025.


Destin Daniel Cretton confirms his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that he will direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. After the release of Avengers: Endgame and the unveiling of the Phase 4 slate, questions began to arise about when the next Avengers movie would release. Marvel Studios announced plans for the fifth Avengers movie at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Officially known as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, the movie received a May 2025 release date and will be followed by Avengers: Secret Wars just six months later. The news gave audiences a roadmap to where the MCU is heading and confirmed Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) and the multiverse will be key.

One of the surprising parts of Marvel’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars announcement was that Kevin Feige did not reveal who would be involved creatively. Reports quickly surfaced that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton was in line to tackle Avengers 5. It was then reported that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness was attached to pen the script centered around Kang’s multiverse dynasty. While Loveness has made his involvement quite clear with social media jokes, Marvel Studios has yet to officially confirm either member of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty‘s creative team.

In a new interview with ComicBook, Destin Daniel Cretton confirmed that he is directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. He is at New York Comic Con to promote his upcoming Disney+ show American Born Chinese. Near the end of the interview, the outlet asked Cretton if the reports were true that he will direct Avengers 5. The Shang-Chi director, who is also developing Shang-Chi 2 and a Wonder Man Disney+ show for Marvel Studios, confirmed his latest project by saying, “Is that true? I think so [laughs].”

Why Destin Daniel Cretton Directing Avengers 5 Is So Exciting

The confirmation that Cretton is directing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty should continue to elevate excitement in a project that is already quite high. Cretton’s talents behind the camera have long been known thanks to his drama Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson. His MCU debut with Shang-Chi received rave reviews (91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and performed very well at the box office during the pandemic, as it made over $430 million. It was through Shang-Chi that Cretton proved that he could balance the massive action of the MCU with the personal character stories and build on the established canon in fun ways. All of this should help him with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

While questions still remain about whether Cretton will direct Shang-Chi 2 (and if so, when that will happen), Marvel Studios should have a lot of confidence in him to deliver something special with Avengers 5. He already has experience working with Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Wong (Benedict Wong), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the MCU and likely will do so again in the next MCU movie he helms. The pressure will be higher for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, but there is little reason to doubt Cretton can handle it.

Source: ComicBook

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