Sam Raimi Rumored Contender To Direct ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ And ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’

Marvel is reportedly making some big changes to their upcoming Avengers films, The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. It’s unclear if they plan to move forward with Jonathan Majors’ Kang as the major villain, or go in a totally different direction. Possibly part of that decision is the recent departure of The Kang Dynasty director, Destin Daniel Cretton. With reports that Marvel wants a single filmmaker to helm both movies, similar to what Joss Whedon and the Russo Bros. have done in the past, a new rumor claims to have a list of contenders.

Take this with a grain of salt as it comes from “scooper” Daniel Richtman, whose track record is as spotty as everyone else who claims to have insider knowledge. He claims that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ Sam Raimi is on the list to helm both Avengers movies. Raimi, of course, is a popular pick known for his Evil Dead films and his trilogy of Spider-Man movies with Sony. He has been rumored in the past to direct Secret Wars, but this would be the first we’ve heard of him taking on two back-to-back.

Also said to be in the mix are the red-hot duo of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, who have become heavy-hitters at Marvel with Moon Knight, Loki season two, and the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again. They have feature film experience, as well, so it was only a matter of time before Marvel turned to them for something big.

If Marvel’s Kevin Feige has scrambled upcoming plans, the first shoe to drop will be changing The Kang Dynasty title. Look out for that.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 1st 2026, with Avengers: Secret Wars to follow on May 7th 2027.

Travis Hopson
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