Marvel's 'Avengers: The Kang Dynasty' Film Taps 'Shang-Chi' Director Destin Daniel Cretton To Helm
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Marvel's 'Avengers: The Kang Dynasty' Film Taps 'Shang-Chi' Director Destin Daniel Cretton To Helm

Marvel’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty has found its director in a recent helmer of a Phase 4 MCU film.

Destin Daniel Cretton, who made history as the director of Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios’ first film with an Asian-American superhero, is back with the studio to create the Kang Dynasty.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Cretton will helm the film, which will come to theaters May 2, 2025. This marks the first time a director of color has been in the director’s chair for an Avengers film. Cretton will also be back to direct the Shang-Chi sequel.

The film's cast is currently speculative, since the building blocks for the next iteration of the Avengers team are in the works with Phase 4 films and TV shows.

But, as the film’s title states, fans will see Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors and first revealed in Disney+ series Loki. Majors will soon be seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will come to theaters Feb. 17, 2023.

Fans can speculate that they will see other Marvel characters, such as Sam Wilson as Captain America (Anthony Mackie), Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Shadow and Act interviewed Cretton and the cast in 2021. Cretton said that for him, Shang-Chi had parallels to Just Mercy (which Cretton also directed) and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“When as a filmmaker, and maybe as any storyteller, you chase stories that are speaking to you personally,” he said. “And it’s really nice when you start getting confirmation that this is the right thing you should be working on, because movies take so long to make. And in the middle of Just Mercy, that’s when the community around us started dealing with so many of the issues that we were trying to put on-screen. And it just felt like, ‘Okay, this is worth it. Everything we’re going through is worth it.’”