Following the official confirmation of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, fans have started speculating about whether Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo would be coming back to direct the fifth and sixth installments, especially when they’ve previously expressed interest in returning for a potential Secret Wars movie.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige addressed the rumor, confirming that The Russo Brothers won’t be involved in the next Avengers films. Despite this, Feige revealed that they’re always trying to find something new to work on together due to the camaraderie and bond that the filmmaking duo has built with Marvel Studios.
“They’re not connected to it,” Feige said. “They’ve been very direct about that. We love them, they love us. We want to find something to do together, it’s not this.”
The two films — Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars — were announced during Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The Kang Dynasty has a tentative release date of May 2, 2025, while Avengers: Secret Wars has a planned release date of November 7, 2025. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige during the panel, both of these films are currently planned to be the final entries in Phase 6 of the MCU, which will begin with the introduction of the Fantastic Four into the MCU.
During the Disney+ series Loki‘s season finale, Kang (played by Jonathan Majors) was revealed, setting the stage for who many fans believed to be the next “big bad” in the MCU, Kang the Conqueror, to appear. The name Kang Dynasty also likely refers to a 16-part comic series from Marvel that saw Kang and his son, Marcus, planning to conquer planet Earth.
As far as Secret Wars goes, fans have long been awaiting news of a potential live-action adaptation of the iconic comic book series, which sees various Marvel heroes and villains being taken by a cosmic entity known as The Beyonder, where they then fight it out on a planet called Battleworld.