In July, shortly after Marvel Studios announced the next two Avengers films, Deadline revealed that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director, Destin Daniel Cretton, had signed on for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. It was a smart choice, following Cretton’s work on Shang-Chi, however, it also left many curious which director would step in to direct the other Avengers film — Avengers: Secret Wars. A new report from The Weekly Planet podcast suggests that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler might be in the running to direct Secret Wars.
“And Ryan Coogler, here’s another scoop, Mason, is at the very least one of the directors, is currently in talks for Secret Wars. Which makes a lot of sense and yeah, the source here says, this is a reliable source, this person says ‘a fairly obvious choice.’ And it is. That makes sense.”The Weekly Planet Podcast
Of course, this should currently be taken as a rumor. While Coogler would be an obvious choice for the gig, the director does have a lot on his plate. Along with finishing up work on the highly-anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Coogler also has an overall deal with Disney+. One of those projects he’s developing as part of his deal is Ironheart, which is currently in production in Atlanta. However, he’s also rumored to be developing a Dora Milaje-centric television series. It’s currently unknown if he’s developing any further television shows, but if he is, that could also prove to be a hindrance as Secret Wars is slated for release in 2025.
If Coogler were to be selected for Secret Wars, it would be a smart choice on Marvel Studios’ behalf. Like with Cretton, Coogler retained his own personal style while working on a massive superhero film. If given the chance to bring that to Secret Wars, Coogler could deliver something truly special to end Phase Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Source: The Direct