Per a report from Deadline, director Destin Daniel Cretton has chosen to depart from helming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. After the film was announced to be in development, Cretton was attached to direct the project, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s Jeff Loveness writing the screenplay. The departure is said to be amicable between Marvel and Cretton, as he is committed to directing other projects for the studio.
One of those is Wonder Man, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ed Harris, and Ben Kingsley, which was in production before the start of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes but was shut down shortly after they began. Cretton was attached to direct at least two episodes of the show, with production set to resume after Thanksgiving. Wonder Man will reportedly be part of the Marvel Spotlight banner, which are stories that stand independently instead of being beholden to the larger MCU continuity. This will launch next year with Echo, set to release on Hulu and Disney+ on January 10.
Cretton will also direct the sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is the highest-grossing AAPI superhero movie ever made and set a record as the highest-grossing Labor Day opening of all time. According to Deadline, he is also in talks to direct other Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, as he signed an overall deal with the studio and Onyx Collective shortly after Shang-Chi’s critical and commercial success.