Rumor: Ryan Coogler In Talks To Direct ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’

Here’s a fun rumor that I think we all hope becomes reality. We learned at Comic-Con that 2025 will see the conclusion of The Multiverse Saga with two new films, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars. Both are so close together it wouldn’t have been a shock if one director took them both on, but Shang-Chi’s Destin Daniel Cretton is only at the helm of the first. Now a new rumor from The Weekly Planet Podcast claims that Wakanda Forever‘s Ryan Coogler will direct Avengers: Secret Wars.

Coogler is rumored to be in talks to direct Secret Wars, which will conclude Phase 6 on November 7th 2025, just six months after The Kang Dynasty.


The popular assumption by fans was that the Russo Brothers would eventually come back to Marvel for the next big Avengers event, but they are far too busy directing and producing their own projects. Who knows if they’ll ever return?

If true, this is the logical next move for Coogler. He’s come a long way since Fruitvale Station, Creed, and even Black Panther. Each movie he’s directed has expanded in scope, budget, and studios have learned to put their faith in him. Hopefully, we’ll get an answer soon.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.