Destin Daniel Cretton is stepping down from his role as director of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in another major shakeup for the MCU, Deadline reports.
The Shang-Chi director isn’t done with Marvel, as he continues to work on the Disney+ Wonder Man series. Cretton also reports discussions with Marvel Studios about making future films. He’s also still working on Shang-Chi 2, which continues to get “pushed back” due to delays from Avengers and other projects.
IGN has contacted Disney for comment.
While Cretton is still working with Marvel Studios on several projects, his departure deepens the uncertainty surrounding Avengers: The Kang Dynasty amid rumors of a move away from troubled star Jonathan Majors. The recent conclusion of Loki season 2 has added further fuel to the fire, suggesting that Marvel could take the story in a number of directions.
Cretton, for his part, remains very busy. In addition to his current Marvel projects, Cretton is currently executive producer of American Born Chinese on Disney+. Shang-Chi, which we ranked fourth on our list of MCU Phase 4 projects, was one of the few projects to follow Avengers: Endgame.
Meanwhile, the Avengers try to find a way forward amid a surprisingly difficult year. Marvels, released last week, just suffered the worst MCU opening weekend ever despite otherwise solid reviews. With big plans for Kang the Conqueror seemingly falling through, the future of the MCU remains murky at best.
We’ll have a little more clarity when Echo releases in January 2024, with Deadpool 3 following in July. For more, check out our full list of upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows for 2024 and beyond.
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