Since the climactic conclusion of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which closed a chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe known as the Infinity Saga and grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide, Marvel Studios has focused on introducing new heroes and pushing forward with sequels starring some of its top characters.
But as Kevin Feige revealed at Marvel’s Saturday presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, the Avengers are coming back together, with back-to-back movies set for 2025.
While there will be many more films released before that, the company is already pushing ahead creatively with at least one of the superteam tentpoles.
The director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Destin Daniel Cretton, has joined the cast of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Cretton has already assimilated nicely into the Marvel clan. In addition to directing Shang-Chi, which made $432 million worldwide, he got an overall agreement with Marvel following the success of Shang-Chi. 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.
It’s unknown who is penning The Kang Dynasty film, or which heroes would even be on the squad for a plot that helps cap up Phase 6. According to Feige’s schedule, The Kang Dynasty will be released on May 2, 2025, followed by Avengers: Secret Wars on November 7, 2025.
Kang is played by Jonathan Majors and first appeared in the Disney+ series Loki. Kang, or a version of him, will return in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will be released on February 17, 2023. Phase 5 will be launched with the film Quantumania. Majors played Kang in Loki under the alias He Who Remains, but the actor revealed at Comic-Con that there are numerous Kangs, and the one from Ant-Man is not the same as the one in Loki.