Deadpool & Wolverine’s Shawn Levy Tops Marvel’s List To Direct Avengers 5

Director Shawn Levy, known for his work on Deadpool & Wolverine, is currently Marvel Studios’ top choice to helm the upcoming Avengers film, Avengers 5. As Deadpool & Wolverine positions itself as a potential summer blockbuster, Levy’s involvement with another major Marvel project signals the studio’s confidence in his direction.

According to Deadline, although Levy has yet to confirm his directorial role for the next Avengers movie, Marvel has provided him with the latest script by Michael Waldron for consideration. While Marvel continues to explore other potential directors, Levy remains the frontrunner. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Marvel had initially offered Levy the position in mid-March, but he declined due to his commitments with the final season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, set to extend into the next year.

Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy

However, with the postponement of Avengers 5 for several months, there is a renewed possibility for Levy to accept the directorial role. This delay aligns with Levy’s schedule, potentially allowing him to commit to the Avengers project after completing his obligations with Stranger Things.

Levy’s potential involvement in Avengers 5 comes alongside his ongoing work on a Star Wars film, which has seen delays due to last year’s writers’ and actors’ strikes. His extensive experience with major film projects, including hits like Night at the Museum and Free Guy, positions him well for the grand scale expected of an Avengers film.

Marvel’s interest in securing Levy underscores their strategy to leverage his success with Deadpool & Wolverine, which is this year’s only MCU release. Set against a backdrop of a sluggish summer box office, the film is highly anticipated and could significantly boost cinema attendance.


Regarding Avengers 5, previously referred to as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, the project has faced uncertainty. Following actor Jonathan Majors’ conviction in December, Marvel severed ties with him, leading to speculation about changes in the film’s direction and central villain. It was reported earlier that Avengers 5 would undergo a title change from The Kang Dynasty, reflecting potential shifts in its narrative focus.

Details about the plot of Avengers 5 remain closely guarded, but it is expected to be a large-scale ensemble film featuring over 60 MCU characters. This marks a departure from earlier Avengers films, which focused on a core group of characters. The ensemble approach suggests a more collaborative dynamic among the heroes, possibly without a singular lead.

Avengers 5 is slated for release on 1 May 2026, and is set to be one of Marvel’s most ambitious projects to date, potentially featuring multiple antagonists and a vast array of characters from the MCU pantheon.