Marvel director Shang-Chi Destin Daniel Cretton will direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and one person who’s really happy about it is Captain Marvel star Brie Larson! Larson has made several social media posts highlighting Cretton.
Brie Larson worked with Destin Daniel Cretton
Brie Larson and Destin Daniel Cretton they worked together on the 2013 film Short Term 12, which featured Larson as a staff member at a residential treatment facility. The film was an incubator of emerging talent: in addition to Larson in the lead role and Cretton at the helm, Short Term 12 featured John Gallagher Jr. (The Belko Experiment), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart). In addition to Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), future Oscar winner Rami Malek (James Bond: No Time to Die) and LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You). While Short Term 12 clearly gave Larson the biggest boost, it’s equally clear that Cretton’s film was a stepping stone to so many others (and himself).
Now, Destin Daniel Cretton is deep within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it races through Phase 4, Phase 5, and Phase 6 over the next few years. Cretton is currently slated for Shang-Chi 2 (TBC), a Shang-Chi spin-off series focusing on the new Ten Rings organization (TBC), and Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in theaters May 2025 .
Simu Liu’s tribute to the director
The star of Shang-Chi, Simu Liu is certainly happy to see his director friend achieve success. Liu reacted to the news that Cretton would direct Avengers 5 by posting, “Three years ago at SDCC 2019 Destin and I sat backstage in Hall H watching some of the most famous people on Earth take the stage,” Liu wrote on Twitter. “We looked at each other like ‘damn, is this really happening to us right now?’ THIS F***ING HAPPENS BROTHER!”
There is a lot of (understandable) curiosity about what it will be Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The main theory (building on the earlier example of Avengers: Infinity War) is that we could once again get an Avengers event-level story told mostly from the villain’s point of view. This time, however, that viewpoint would be radically complicated by the fact that the villain (Kang) isn’t collecting stones but could team up with and/or eliminate his own variants and competition in each Marvel timeline, to secure ultimate reign from him. .
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will be in theaters on May 2, 2025. Brie Larson will return in The Marvels on February 17, 2023.