November 30, 2023

After I noticed a report earlier this week claiming that Marvel would possibly steer away from Kang, I had a tough time believing it. Sure, Marvel would possibly wish to distance itself from Jonathan Majors, contemplating his real-life authorized troubles. However Marvel has introduced the titles of the Avengers 5 and Avengers 6 films that can conclude the Multiverse Saga. One has “Kang” in its title, and the opposite is the Secret Wars conclusion, the place the Avengers will battle Kang variants.

Certain, Marvel might change its thoughts. It might pivot and retitle Kang Dynasty similar to it turned New World Order into Courageous New World for Captain America 4. However Marvel has been laying the groundwork for that Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars conclusion for years. The Captain America sequel is simply part of that overarching story. It may well have any title Marvel needs.

Even the huge Loki season 2 finale virtually cements the concept we’re heading to multiversal wars. It does it whereas additionally giving Marvel an out for the Kang state of affairs.

Just a few days after that report, we’ve seen extra reactions on-line that appear to point that Kang continues to be the massive villain of the upcoming Avengers films. On high of that, there’s one other insider who says Kang continues to be going to be the primary antagonist of the Multiverse Saga.

Beware that large Multiverse Saga saga spoilers would possibly observe.

Let’s begin with Loki and Deadpool 3

As I defined, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has not too long ago managed to change into the equal of Kang within the MCU. He’s the god the multiverse wants by now, selecting to defend all timelines somewhat than censor them. However he totally is aware of that the chance of multiversal conflict is actual. The TVA guarding the multiverse in opposition to future variations of Kang is proof of that.

We all know from varied leaks that Deadpool 3 will characteristic the TVA and present us what the timeless group is thus far that it has a brand new management. Lengthy story quick, the TVA will recruit varied superheroes from the multiverse to combat Kang, together with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and (Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). That’s what leaks declare.

Deadpool 3, after all, is meant to be a large cinematic occasion, main proper to Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, the Avengers films.

On high of that, films like Deadpool 3 will assist Marvel deliver a number of different non-MCU characters to the MCU, like X-Males members from the Fox universe who ought to be part of the Avengers to combat the Kangs. Additionally, do not forget that The Marvels simply gave us a type of X-Males. Beast (Kelsey Grammer) appeared within the movie’s credit scene, which occurs in a special actuality.

Certain, Marvel would possibly give you a special villain. However then Marvel will want extra time to ascertain that character. And it must throw away a lot laborious work.

What insiders say

After we informed you that Joanna Robinson revealed that Jeff Loveness wouldn’t write Kang Dynasty, we additionally identified that MyTimeToShineHello, a well known scooper within the MCU rumor mill, claimed Marvel wouldn’t scrap the Kang story.

I’ll additionally remind you that reviews emerged after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania that Marvel would substitute Jeff Loveness.

MyTimeToShineHello just isn’t the one Marvel insider saying that Kang Dynasty continues to be taking place. Daniel Richtman noted not too long ago on his Patreon account that he heard Marvel continues to be dedicated to Kang. Marvel might recast the villain, however they received’t ditch the character.

Moreover, the leaker mentioned that if Doom seems in Secret Wars, he received’t be the primary villain.

Kang Dynasty developments

Might the scoopers have it incorrect? It’s all the time attainable. In any case, the strikes pressured Marvel to delay most of its upcoming films. Deadpool 3 would be the solely MCU undertaking hitting theaters subsequent yr. Marvel has loads of time to pivot from Kang if it needs to, simply as it will possibly retitle Avengers 5 to one thing extra appropriate if Kang is not an possibility.

However different developments point out that Avengers 5 isn’t canceled and that Kang will stay its protagonist.

A report from Deadline says that Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Shang-Chi, has withdrawn from The Kang Dynasty.

He was presupposed to direct Avengers 5 however opted to exit. It’s an amicable exit, the report says, as Cretton continues to be growing different MCU stuff. Work on Surprise Man will resume after Thanksgiving. It’s a Disney Plus present he co-created with showrunner Andrew Visitor. Cretton has directed the primary two episodes and is an government producer on the present.

Cretton must also make the Shang-Chi 2 sequel for Marvel. Nevertheless, it’s unclear who will direct Avengers 5.

Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Loki season 2 trailer 1. Picture supply: Marvel Studios

Loki producer Kevin Wright really addressed a Kang query in a current Section One podcast episode discussing the TV present’s finale. Requested concerning the current rumors that Marvel dropped Kang and changed him with Physician Doom, and whether or not that call influenced Loki, Wright mentioned that Marvel allow them to shoot the present they wished to make.

That’s a declare just like what we heard earlier than from Wright, who needed to handle questions on Jonathan Majors associated to the home abuse allegations the actor has to face. As a reminder, Marvel had shot Loki earlier than Majors’s private life obtained in the way in which of his profession. In earlier remarks, Wright mentioned they didn’t need to reshoot Loki on account of real-life occasions.

Again to ComicBook’s podcast episode, Wright let it slip out that Michael Waldron is engaged on Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars whereas addressing the Kang query. Waldron wrote Loki season 1 and Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity:

So far as the place it’s all going, I can’t say, and never as a result of I’m being coy, we’re not part of these tasks. What I’d say is, I imply, I do know Michael Waldron is engaged on them and he loves clearly this world as he helped create it.

Wright additional clarified that the Loki season 2 finale established that the multiversal wars are coming. Meaning the Avengers inevitably going through off in opposition to Kang in The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars.

I’ll say for the ultimate time that something is feasible with the MCU, on condition that we’re within the multiverse period. However I doubt that Marvel won’t profit from Kang in Avengers 5 and Avengers 6. Regardless of who finally ends up taking part in Kang, he must be this saga’s important villain.