Earlier this week, we learned Daniel Destin Cretton will no longer direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty for Marvel Studios. The news was shared by the trades, with all of them mentioning the filmmaker's plans to helm the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' sequel while remaining involved with Wonder Man.
That's being developed as a Disney+ series now set to fall under the Marvel Spotlight banner...assuming it's still happening, of course.
You'll recall that MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios author Joanna Robinson recently revealed that she's heard, "They're trashing the Wonder Man project." Today, John Rocha is backing up her comments by making some bold claims about where things stand with the show.
"The idea that he's going to be working on the Wonder Man series is cover," the podcaster claims. "From what I'm being told, the actors were told to move on from the Wonder Man series and, if they were going to do it, they were gonna be starting from scratch."
Rocha would go on to compare this situation to how many of the DCEU's actors have been dismissed from the DCU, with the vague promise they might return somewhere down the line. If so, that could mean Cretton (who has yet to comment on The Kang Dynasty news) and Marvel Studios may be done.
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When it comes to Wonder Man, Andrew Guest was tapped to serve as Head Writer with Cretton helming the first two episodes. Hopefully, the strikes have just meant Marvel Studios is making some improvements to the project - which has never been officially announced - rather than scrapping it altogether.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been tapped to play Wonder Man, with Sir Ben Kingsley set to reprise his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery. In April, Demetrius Grosse was confirmed as The Grim Reaper, while quite a few A-Listers - including Ed Harris, Bob Odenkirk, and Courtney Cox - are rumoured to appear.
Wonder Man made his Marvel Comics debut in the pages of Avengers #9 in 1964. Initially a villain, he was later retconned and became a hero (and an Avenger) in the 1970s. The Grim Reaper is his brother, and his brainwaves were used by Ultron as a basis for The Vision; later, he joined the West Coast Avengers and became a Hollywood star.
Here's how Shang-Chi himself, Simu Liu, appeared to react to that big Avengers: The Kang Dynasty news...