Shang-Chi-Regisseur Destin Daniel Cretton sollte auch die Regie bei Avengers: The Kang Dynasty übernehmen, hat das Projekt jetzt aber verlassen. Beim Shang-Chi-Sequel soll er aber weiter Regie führen:
Cretton isn’t permanently parting ways with the MCU. He’s still on board to direct the sequel to his 2021 blockbuster “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and he’s currently working on the Disney+ series “Wonder Man” for Marvel Studios.
Beyond its director, the state of “Kang Dynasty” has been a subject of speculation. Jonathan Majors has already played multiple versions of the titular supervillain, Kang, on the Disney+ series “Loki” and this February’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” But the actor’s future with Marvel has been a question mark because he’s currently awaiting trial for domestic abuse charges.
Though unrelated, Cretton’s departure comes as Marvel — a once-untouchable film franchise, with a combined $30 billion across 32 films — has been showing signs of mortality. Over the weekend, “The Marvel” landed the ignominious distinction as the worst debut in MCU history. Earlier this year, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was a smash with $845 million globally, but “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” became one of the rare Marvel movies to lose a lot of money in its theatrical run. These uneven performances point to a future where Marvel can no longer throw just any superhero adventure on the big screen and expect a blockbuster smash in return.