Avengers: The Kang Dynasty has reportedly lost its director, Destin Daniel Cretton, best known for also directing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The Kang Dynasty, which is planned to lead directly into Avengers: Secret Wars, originally signed Cretton on to direct last year but now he has apparently stepped back from the director’s chair to focus on making Shang-Chi 2 instead.
According to Deadline, Destin Daniel Cretton will no longer direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty after being signed on in 2022. That said, he will remain the director of Shang-Chi‘s sequel and a producer on the upcoming Disney+ series, Wonder Man. No replacement director has been announced by Marvel Studios yet.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Secret Wars is currently being written by Loki and Rick and Morty scribe Michael Waldron, though it doesn’t have a director attached to it either. The plot of both The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, which will be a culmination of the ongoing phases of the current MCU timeline, is being kept tightly under wraps. So far, Jonathan Majors is still attached to the projects as Kang the Conqueror alongside other MCU regulars like Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch.
In related news, Marvel Studios reportedly considered replacing Kang with Doctor Doom as the main overarching villain in the MCU after Majors was hit with allegations of domestic violence earlier this year. The Marvels recently launched to the worst opening weekend in the entire MCU, managing to bring in only $47 million domestically.
Skyfall and No Country for Old Men actor Javier Bardem is reportedly being eyed to play the cosmic entity Galactus in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, though it’s unclear if any discussions are happening right now.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty releases in cinemas on 1 May 2026.