With Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton exiting the director’s chair on Avengers: The Kang Dynasty earlier this month, Marvel Studios is looking to get the project back on track by bringing in Loki showrunner and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness screenwriter Michael Waldron to work on a new draft of the script.
Waldron – who seems to be quickly becoming one of Kevin Feige’s most trusted hands – has already been working on the script for the Kang Dynasty follow-up Avengers: Secret Wars, and will now take on both projects, replacing fellow former Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) who’d previously been writing Kang Dynasty under Cretin.
The Kang Dynasty overhaul comes amid the controversy surrounding Kang actor Jonathan Majors and speculation that Marvel Studios is looking to shift the focus of the Multiverse Saga away from his character and to another villain such as Doctor Doom. Majors is set to stand trial on domestic abuse charges this week, and so the picture will presumably become a little clearer once a verdict has been reached.
In the meantime, Waldron will begin work on the screenplay for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty while Marvel searches for a new director to replace Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is slated for release on May 1st 2026, and cameras are expected to start rolling in the first half of 2024.