Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the next Avengers film

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Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton is set to take on the MCU’s flagship series for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

We learned over the weekend that after not getting an Avengers movie since 2019’s Endgame, the six-year wait until the next one will be sweetened by the fact that there will be two coming in the same year. 2025 will mark the end, not only of Marvel’s Phase 6 series of movies, but also complete the second major story arc of the MCU. Whilst the first three phases are collectively known as The Infinity Saga,  the second will be known as The Multiverse Saga. 

What we didn’t know until know, was who would be responsible for making those two films. Rumours have persisted that the the Russo Brothers, helmers of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and the following year’s Endgame would return, but the weekend news also quashed that possibility. However, it has been revealed that the first of the two planned films, The Kang Dynasty, will be directed by an MCU alumni in the form of Destin Daniel Cretton. The director of last year’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings will be taking on the film, but not directing the follow-up it would seem.

With Joss Whedon directing the first two Avengers films, then the Russos helming the next brace, Marvel Studios have created a formula which enables a sense of continuity through the Avengers franchise. However, with The Kang Dynasty and its follow-up, Secret Wars releasing within six months of each other, perhaps that schedule is simply too tight for one director to manage. Either way, Cretton now has stewardship over the the most crucial part of the MCU’s future, an especially important role given that some quarters of the internet have expressed misgivings about the direction, or lack thereof, that Marvel Studio’s current output is taking.

We’ll let you know more on Avengers: The Kang Dynasty as we hear it.

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