Destin Daniel Cretton has reportedly left Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. If the rumours are true, that’s just one major change that might trigger several more.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton has reportedly walked away from directing Marvel Studio’s flagship project, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
The film was originally slated for a May 2025 release but was pushed back a year amid the turbulence caused by the strike action that have dominated Hollywood of late. Cretton has been attached to the project for a year already, so it’s a bit of a setback for the project.
Although he’s stepped away from The Kang Dynasty, it’s unclear how long the film will even bear that title given that the actor who plays Kang, Jonathan Majors, has found himself in worsening legal troubles of late.
Stories are swirling around suggesting that Marvel Studios has finally made the decision to axe Majors and while recasting seems like the simplest option, the rumour mill is indicating that a new antagonist may take Kang’s place. That’s even though lots of Marvel’s films and TV shows have worked hard to introduce a multiverse to establish Kang.
One such purveyor of those rumours is The Ringer's Joanna Robinson, author of the recently-released book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios. She mentioned on her podcast this week (which was picked up by Dark Horizons) that the film’s writer Jeff Loveness won’t be rewriting Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in the wake of Major’s expected departure because he “was all wrapped up in this Kang storyline and they [Marvel] are likely going to be moving away from that.”
As for Cretton, his exit from the project is said to be amicable. After all, he has both a Shang-Chi sequel to develop, not to mention helming and executive producing duties on the studio’s Wonder Man show, which suspended production during the strikes and is set to continue in the coming weeks.
Bumpy times, then. More on all of this as we hear it…