One of two films that will conclude Marvel’s Phase 6 series of films is the fifth “Avengers” film.
Since Avengers: Endgame’s dramatic conclusion in 2019, which ended the Infinity Saga and almost $2.8 billion in global box office revenue, Marvel Studios has concentrated on introducing new heroes and moving forward with sequels featuring some of its most popular characters.
But as Kevin Feige said at Marvel’s presentation on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, the Avengers are coming together once again, with back-to-back films scheduled for 2025.
Additionally, the studio is already making creative progress with at least one of the superteam tentpoles, despite the fact that many other films will come out before that.
The Hollywood Reporter can exclusively confirm that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton has joined the team to oversee Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Cretton has already assimilated nicely into the Marvel clan. He has an overall agreement with Marvel that he signed after Shang-popularity, Chi’s in addition to directing the movie, which earned $432 million worldwide. As part of that, he is creating a live-action series starring Wonder Man that he will executive produce and maybe direct one or more episodes of alongside Andrew Guest, a writer-producer known for comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Community. He is also working on a Shang-Chi sequel.
The Kang Dynasty Avengers film’s screenwriter and the heroes who would even make up the squad for a tale that aids Phase 6’s conclusion are both unknown. A timetable outlined by Feige places the release of The Kang Dynasty on May 2, 2025, and Avengers: Secret Wars on November 7, 2025.
Jonathan Majors portrays Kang, who first appeared in the Loki episode of the Disney+ series. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will be released on February 17, 2023, Kang or a variation of him will be reintroduced. Phase 5 will begin with the film Quantumania. Majors portrayed Kang in Loki under the alias He Who Remains, but at Comic-Con the actor revealed that there are other Kangs and the one from Ant-Man is distinct from the one in Loki.
Marvel has been gradually appointing filmmakers for its next slate of films, which will encompass phases 5 and 6, since Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will conclude Phase 4 in November, was announced.
Blade, slated for release on Nov. 3, 2023, is being directed by Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli), Captain America: New World Order, starring Anthony Mackie as Captain America, is being directed by Julius Onah (Luce), and Thunderbolts, which will conclude Phase 5 with a release date of July 26, 2024, is being directed by Jake Schreier (Paper Towns).
One of the most prestigious professions in Hollywood is directing an Avengers film. The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) were the first two Avengers films directed by Joss Whedon. The monumental two-part Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were also shot by Joe and Anthony Russo.
Most assumed that when The Russos said they wanted to direct a Secret Wars movie, they intended to adapt the important comic miniseries that ran in the middle of the 1980s. Marvel seldom completely adapts its storylines; instead, it often incorporates a variety of elements into a film, perhaps even departing totally from the literary origins. A second Secret Wars, a 2015 plot by author Jonathan Hickman that encompassed the multiverse, further complicated things. In any event, Feige told Deadline after the panel that the Russo family was not engaged in the Secret Wars.
Cretton is represented by WME, Pangea Media, and Goodman Genow. He advanced through the dramatic ranks with films like Short Term 12 and Just Mercy.