The mastermind behind Shang-Chi Destin Daniel Cretton has decided to walk away from directing Avengers: Kang Dynasty to prioritize the remaining Marvel projects he’s attached to. No there is no drama behind the scenes this time around. Cretton is still a major part of the MCU family.
Marvel Studios has been dishing out so many things all at once since the concept of Disney Plus and the beginning of Phase Four, and there have arguably been more misses than hits. Then there are the issues behind the scenes ranging from alleged mistreatment of VFX artists to Jonathan Majors’ alleged assault to whatever’s going on with the upcoming Blade movie starring Mahershala Ali. Despite what certain naysayers would have you believe, the MCU is far from dead, and none of this has anything to do with Destin Daniel Creton.
Destin Daniel Cretton Is Still Endgame With Marvel
According to Deadline, Destin Daniel Creton is in talks to direct future Marvel projects.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty is not coming out any time in the near future, as of this time of writing it is slated to release on May 1st, 2026, before Avengers: Secret Wars comes out on May 7, 2027, concluding the multiversal saga. If you were to ask me whether or not I think those release dates will stick, I’d say absolutely not, but miracles have been known to happen.
The plot details of Avenger: Kang Dynasty are currently unknown, all that we can presume is that involves Earth’s Mightiest Heroes facing off against the Council of Kangs. As for Avengers: Secret Wars that will very likely feature every superhero across Marvel’s multiverse and catalog of films predating the MCU to face the Beyonder who is speculated to be a Kang variant. How will those films be affected pending the outcome of Jonathan Majors’ trial remains to be seen.
Destin Daniel Cretton’s Marvelous Legacy Is Also Wonderful
Right now Cretton is hard at work developing Marvel’s Wonder Man series for Disney Plus, which he co-created with the showrunner Andrew Guest. Cretton is the executive producer of the series and has already directed the first two episodes. Wonder Man will be resuming filming after Thanksgiving and will be under the new Marvel Spotlight series banner for standalone entries that don’t necessarily fit in the standard Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Cretton also has his hands full working on the sequel for the hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which grossed over 432 million dollars. Marvel’s Kung Fu epic is the highest-grossing AAPI superhero movie ever and also owns the record opening over the 4-day Labor Day holiday weekend with 94.6 million dollars stateside.
After the success of Shang-Chi Destin Daniel Cretton signed an overall deal with Marvel Studios & Hulu’s Onyx Collective. He is an EP of the amazing American Born Chinese, based on the graphic novel of the same name.
The Rise Of Destin Daniel Creton
Cretton’s career kicked off with the independent short film Term 12, the same film that put Brie Larson on the radar before she won the Best Actress Oscar for Room and began her Marvel career as Captain Marvel herself. The Mr. Robot Star Rami Malek also had a role in Term 12 before wearing Freddie Mercury’s iconic mustache in the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody.
In addition to his director credits, Cretton boasts the legal drama Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson, about world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson.
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