As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is about to make its worldwide release, the hype and positive word of mouth about the film has fans wondering if Ryan Coogler might find himself moving into the director’s chair of what is sure to be one of Marvel Studios biggest projects. Coogler has found himself on just about everyone’s list as a potential director for Avengers: Secret Wars, which is set to end the Multiverse Saga when it hits theaters in 2026. However great of a fit Coogler might be for the project, it sounds like it might just end up in the hands of someone else.
In an interview with Variety, Coogler called the speculation of him landing the director’s gig “crazy.” Kevin Feige backed Coogler’s declaration:
Well, I would want Ryan to do anything at any time because he’s a singular talent and a great person to spend years with. But no, in all honesty, there’ve been no conversations. We’ve not spoken to him about Secret Wars.Kevin Feige
If Coogler isn’t on the job, Marvel Studios still has other in-house candidates to consider, not to mention the likelihood that a fairly large number of directors who have not worked with them might throw their hats into the ring.