Avengers Secret Wars Pushed Back to 2028
Among other possible changes, rumor has it that Avengers Secret Wars will be pushed back to a 2028 release. This would be two years later than the current release of 2026, and 3 years later than the original planned release of 2025. However, I’ll mention again that this is currently just a rumor.
Movies getting pushed back isn’t uncommon, especially since the recent pandemic, but this two year delay is still a bit surprising if it is true. One possible reasoning for the delay is so that Avengers: Secret Wars will be released 20 years after the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie which is of course, Iron Man. While I think that is cool, I don’t think they would push it back just for that reason. I do think that Marvel wants to have many more projects, before Avengers: Secret Wars comes out.
It seems that with the recent disappointment that many fans had with Antman and the Wasp Quantumania overall, Marvel Studios is looking to release some better movies before they have their big event movie of Avengers: Secret Wars. There is a rumor that there is going to be a Nomad movie about Steve Rogers journey of returning the Infinity Stones to their proper timelines. That sounds like it could be a fascinating movie, and it would be nice to see other movies that involve the multiverse in a way that is engaging and moves the MCU multiverse narrative forward.
Avengers Lost without Cap and Iron Man
There were no Avengers movies in Phase 4 and currently there are no Avengers movies planned for Phase 5. While I believe, the reason given for this was to focus on introducing new characters, and focusing on individuals, it seems that there may be another reason. In the comics, Iron Man and Captain America are the heart and soul of the Avengers. Characters like Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye were all very important as well, but now that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are gone, it doesn’t seem right to tell any major Avengers story without them.
Most, if not all of the great Avengers stories in the comics involve Captain America and Iron Man. While they did have great character Arcs in the MCU, their comic counterparts have much more to offer. Those epic adventures won’t be the same without the two main Avengers. An Avengers movie or two without these characters could still be great, but they will probably feel like something is missing. It is very likely that we will see variants of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers appear in Secret Wars, but if they are absent in the Kang Dynasty, their presence will be missed. And hopefully, we will see a variant of Black Widow as well.
There is a chance that the Beyonder will be a variant of Kang and he will orchestrate the Secret Wars. If this is the case, all of the other Kangs may be destroyed in Kang Dynasty. It would be a shame not to see Iron Man and the original Captain America and Black Widow for that matter to team up with everyone else to fight against Kang.
The Future of the Avengers with X-men and the Fantastic Four
Just as the Avengers level stories would potentially suffer without the presence of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, so will the other major Marvel stories. With the X-men coming into the MCU soon, we could potentially see story lines like that of Onslaught. This would be brilliant, because while Onslaught is mainly an X-men story it involves many heroes of the Marvel Universe including the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. It would be great to see Tony Stark, and Steve Rogers working alongside the likes of Cyclops and Wolverine as well as others to figure out how to stop Onslaught.
It would seem that the Avengers overall weren’t seen as popular as teams like the X-men or their DC Comics counterparts until the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along (It’s been said that Sony once had the opportunity to buy the movie rights to the Avengers, but only bought the Spiderman rights saying something along the lines of the other movie rights weren’t worth it). Now that the Avengers are so big, it’s plain to see that Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are a big part of what makes them work so well.
Hopefully, we will get to see another Avengers team to shine, and we will also get Iron Man and the original Captain America back when the time is right. It seems like the MCU is destined for some sort of reboot at some point just like James Bond gets a reboot about every ten to fifteen years. With the MCU being so vast, I think twenty five to thirty years makes more sense. With all of the new characters that have been introduced, and the X-men, and Fantastic Four coming, there are more than enough stories to tell, but we’ve never seen those teams interacting with the original Avengers. Hopefully, it won’t take a reboot in twenty years to see that happen.