Avengers: 10 Filmmakers Who Should Direct The Kang Dynasty & Secret Wars, According To Reddit

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, during Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel, Kevin Feige announced huge chunks of the MCU’s upcoming slate from the rest of Phase Four up to the middle of Phase Six. Marvel’s plan for the immediate future includes two back-to-back Avengers movies, dubbed The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.

Feige confirmed that the Russo brothers, who directed the last two-part Avengers epic, won’t be returning for the next one. So, as it stands, the director’s chair is vacant. From Jon Favreau to Steven Spielberg to the Daniels, Redditors have a few ideas for who could fill it.


10 Jon Favreau

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Jon Favreau is the filmmaker who kicked off the MCU with Iron Man way back in 2008. That movie worked so well because of Favreau’s command of tone and focus on story and character over spectacle. Redditor u/Colton826 thinks Favreau should return to the franchise nearly two decades later to bring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their interdimensional counterparts together on Battleworld.

Favreau might be too busy running the Mando-verse to make a couple of Avengers movies, but he could hand over the reins to Dave Filoni while he takes a break to helm a two-part multiversal Marvel epic.

9 Matthew Vaughn

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Redditor u/dontnobodyknow thinks Matthew Vaughn would be a solid choice for the next Avengers films. Vaughn already helmed one mega-scale comic book team-up, X-Men: First Class, in which the director deftly handled a sprawling superhero ensemble unified by a common threat.

In the years since, Vaughn has built his own cinematic universe with the Kingsman franchise. The battle royale of Secret Wars would work wonders with the intensity of Kingsman’s “Free Bird” church massacre.

8 Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi

There’s a chance that Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker will reappear when worlds collide in Secret Wars. Redditor u/the_piper_sniper thinks Sam Raimi, the filmmaker who introduced him to the screen two decades ago, should helm the Avengers two-parter.

Raimi revolutionized the comic book genre with his groundbreaking Spider-Man trilogy. He also introduced the notion of incursions into the MCU in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, one of the franchise’s most visually striking entries.

7 James Gunn

James Gunn might be too busy balancing Marvel projects with DC projects to direct a couple of Avengers films, but Redditor u/Colton826 thinks he’d be a good choice for the job.

Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies redefined the tone of the MCU. They established the pitch-perfect blend of heart, humor, and spectacle that makes Marvel movies so much fun. Plus, he’s clearly adept at balancing a star-studded ensemble.

6 Steven Spielberg

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Redditor u/nocturnalfrolic thinks Steven Spielberg should helm the next Avengers movies. Spielberg pioneered the summer blockbuster in the 1970s. Unlike many of his New Hollywood peers, from Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola, Spielberg hasn’t written off the MCU as the death of cinema.

Spielberg doesn’t dismiss CG-laden genre movies as theme park rides. Instead, he’s embraced computer-generated effects in his own movies. The Adventures of Tintin and Ready Player One were shot almost exclusively in front of greenscreens.

5 Ryan Coogler

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Ryan Coogler earned Marvel Studios its first Best Picture nomination with Black Panther. He’s staying in the Marvel fold to direct the Black Panther sequel and a streaming spin-off centered around Wakanda. Redditor u/Colton826 thinks Coogler would be a great choice for the next Avengers movies.

The teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t as glossy and CG-heavy as the original. The teaser indicates a shift into moodier visuals that would be great for The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.

4 Destin Daniel Cretton

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Destin Daniel Cretton’s Marvel debut, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is much more epic in scope than most of the MCU’s solo adventures. The movie contains some of the most riveting, well-choreographed fight scenes in the franchise. Like Coogler, Cretton is sticking with Marvel Studios to executive-produce a Wonder Man series for Disney+.

Redditor u/whitepangolin thinks Cretton should direct the fifth and sixth Avengers installments. He’s signed on to helm the Shang-Chi sequel, but he could tackle the next two Avengers movies when he’s done with that. The Russos moved on to an Avengers two-parter after directing a pair of large-scale solo movies.

3 Jon Watts

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After completing the Spider-Man: Homecoming trilogy, Jon Watts dropped out of directing Fantastic Four to focus on non-MCU projects for a while. After helming a couple of smaller original films outside the Marvel brand, Watts might want to return to big-budget spectacle filmmaking with a pair of Avengers epics.

Redditor u/PhilAsp thinks he’d be a strong choice for the gig. Watts made the ambitious multiversal premise of No Way Home work beautifully. He could do the same with the MCU’s Secret Wars two-parter.

2 The Duffer Brothers

Redditor u/PepsiSheep would like to see Avengers movies helmed by Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer. The Duffers’ widely beloved Netflix sci-fi series similarly focuses on plucky heroes banding together to take on interdimensional threats.

The brothers only have one feature film to their name – a low-budget horror flick – but, from James Gunn to Taika Waititi, the MCU’s directors rarely have any big-budget blockbuster experience before being hired by Feige. Plus, the two-and-a-half-hour season 4 finale of Stranger Things is basically a movie.

1 The Daniels

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Redditor u/Colton826 thinks the Daniels should direct The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. The duo’s universally acclaimed Everything Everywhere All at Once is an action-packed multiversal epic spanning dozens of alternate realities as an all-powerful supervillain plots the end of the world. But it never loses sight of its emotional throughlines.

There are plenty of visceral fight scenes, hysterical sight gags, and gonzo sci-fi visuals, but it’s really a story about love and family. The upcoming Avengers movies need that kind of razor-sharp direction if they’re going to work.

NEXT: 10 Directors Who Could Replace Jon Watts On The MCU's Fantastic Four Reboot

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