A couple of days in the past, the one factor we knew concerning the subsequent two Avengers movies was that they're releasing in the identical yr, and the Russo Brothers would not return to direct them. However within the wake of some big Marvel announcements at San Diego Comic-Con, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio has chosen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton to helm the primary movie, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, due out in Could 2025.
Whereas Shang-Chi didn’t have fairly the outsized business success of its peers, due partly to its 2021 pandemic launch, it was broadly praised by critics and audiences alike. Final December, Cretton was confirmed to be directing a Shang-Chi sequel, however it’s unclear how the Avengers announcement will influence that movie’s timeline. (For what it’s value, a Shang-Chi 2 didn't seem on the three-year slate introduced at SDCC by MCU head honcho Kevin Feige.) Earlier than he dove into superhero cinema, Cretton wrote and directed a number of indie dramas starring Brie Larson, most notably 2013’s Brief Time period 12.
Coincidentally, this information got here out the identical day that Vulture published an nameless visible results artist’s criticism of the grueling expectations and work situations on Marvel tasks. On one unnamed movie, they claimed to have accomplished “virtually six months of time beyond regulation each day,” whereas working seven days of the week as colleagues suffered from “nervousness assaults” and emotional breakdowns. The unnamed CGI whiz stated one of many primary drivers of the delays was Marvel’s penchant for hiring indie administrators with no expertise with big-budget results; new to the method, they typically ask to see time-consumingly detailed, “closing renders” of pictures early within the challenge, moderately than making inventive selections based mostly on rougher ideas that may be extra simply revised on the way in which to a closing imaginative and prescient.
The supply for the Vulture story didn't cite any administrators (not to mention Cretton) by identify, although Marvel’s penchant for recruiting small-scale administrators to make epic blockbusters is well-documented: The technique has definitely labored out with Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel), and Shang-Chi. (Not a lot with Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, although.) However in accordance with Vulture’s supply, the studio’s course of has been back-breaking—or a minimum of finger-breaking—for these VFX coders. “A variety of [these directors] have simply accomplished little indies on the Sundance Movie Competition and have by no means labored with VFX,” says the supply. “They don’t know tips on how to visualize one thing that’s not there but, that’s not on set with them…. Marvel wants to coach its administrators on working with visible results and have a greater imaginative and prescient out of the gate. The studio wants to carry its administrators’ toes to the fireplace extra to decide to what they need.