Kang: The Standout of Loki, and Quantumania
Recent reports have indicated that Kang wasn’t originally going to be the centerpiece of the second saga in the MCU, until footage of Loki, and Antman and the Wasp Quantumania highlighted Majors talent as the time traveling villain. Jonathan Majors talent combined with Kang being a big Avengers villain, and a time traveler, it makes sense that he would lead the opposition against Earth’s mightiest heroes in this Multiverse Saga.
Now that Marvel Studios has placed the weight of the Multiverse Saga on Kang’s shoulders, it is extremely unfortunate that the Kang actor Jonathan Majors has fallen into some legal trouble. It may be a while before we find out more about his case. Currently, Marvel hasn’t let him go, but it does seem that they have postponed any further projects until more information is revealed.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty (Avengers (1998-2004))
Avengers: Kang Dynasty is set to release in the spring of 2025, but it is very likely that that date will be set back due to Jonathan Major’s situation, and possibly the writer’s strike as well. Marvel may not be able to release anything in 2025 if the Writer’s Strike goes on too long, but if it ends within a few months, and Majors situation hasn’t been resolved, we could see an Avengers movie with a different antagonist.
Recently, another rumor going around is that Ultron may be coming back. Ultron is just one of many possibilities for a great Avengers villain. The trick with him is that he has already been the main antagonist for the second Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Ultron created by Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner could come back, but another course of direction could be to have an Ultron from another reality attack the MCU.
In the comics, the Age of Ultron story line has Ultron taking over the world, and the Avengers need to fix the timeline. With the Multiverse saga, this Ultron overlord could come to the main MCU timeline to take over there as well. The Avengers from both timelines could unite allowing us to finally get a new Avengers team in the main reality.
Civil War: New Avengers
Multiverse Civil War
Alternatively, we could see a conflict with the heroes of Earth 838 that we saw in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The heroes of Earth 838 could be looking for revenge since the Scarlet Witch killed Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Captain Marvel, Captain America, and Professor Xavier. Those actions could incur the wrath of at least 4 different teams namely the Fantastic Four, the Inhumans, the Avengers, and the X-men. While these are teams of heroes, we could see a sort of Multiverse Civil War between the heroes of both timelines.
There are many many different story lines, and villains that Marvel can use for an Avengers movie, so I’m not going to list them all on this post, and give Marvel a bunch of ideas because I’m sure that they’re reading this blog… Seriously, though, what we really need is to see the remaining and new heroes unite and form a new Avengers team. They don’t need to be called the New Avengers, but it’s about time we saw them team up. It will be good for them to unite against a lesser threat before they face Kang, the time lord.
I believe the director of Antman and the Wasp Quantumania said that he wanted the third movie of the Antman franchise to be an Avengers level movie. To make it the movie have a bigger scope, and higher stakes makes sense, but it doesn’t make sense to have an Avengers level threat for a movie that is only about two of the Avengers unless they are going to lose, and the movie leads into an actual Avengers movie.
Kang was a captivating, and powerful villain, but for the Ant family to defeat him, makes him seem like much less of a threat. An army of giant super ants would be incredibly hard to beat, but it seemed like Kang could have flown up into the air, and zapped the ants from above. He might not be able to defeat them, but it would make sense for him to focus on his escape from the Quantum Realm, and worry about getting rid of the ants later.
Avengers #268 – Council of Kangs
At the very least, it would have been nice to hear the council of Kang’s talk about how the Kang that was stuck in the Quantum Realm was one of the weakest Kang’s even though he was dangerous because of his reckless ideals. However, if he was one of the weakest, it make sense for the other Kang’s to easily destroy him instead of barely managing to banish him to the Quantum Realm. If his banishment was easy, they probably would have taken his time ship, and power suit away from him.
Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanov
With the nature of the Multiverse, the prospect of seeing Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanav return has been prominent in many of our minds. Reports have said that Scarlett Johansen won’t be returning, but Hugh Jackman also said that he won’t play Wolverine again, and look what’s happening with him.
It seems to only be a matter of time before we see Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanav again in the MCU, so why not sooner rather than later? We could see a new Avengers team unite to face some sort of multiverse related threat, and somewhere in the middle of the movie, or the beginning of the third act, we could see these characters pop up from another time line, and help the new Avengers in a similar way that Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman variants appeared in Spiderman: No Way Home, and helped him find his way.
A major complaint about the Multiverse is that no one dies. I have to say that that isn’t true. Of course, everyone who says that knows that, but I feel the need to state it. If we look at Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, we can clearly see that bringing a variant of a character who has passed can actually provide some great conflict. Star Lord is forced to look into the eyes of the woman he loves, and move on because she is essentially a different person.
Having different variants of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Natasha Romanav cross over into the main MCU time line could provide a lot of conflict for all of the characters involved. And the concern of stakes being nonexistent, could also go away as a result of having some characters back who were the heart and soul of the MCU during the Infinity Saga. In these shaky times of lack luster Marvel movies, some familiar faces may be just what the MCU needs.