8 Marvel Movies & Shows That Have Directly Set Up Avengers: The Kang Dynasty

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Summary

  • Marvel Studios has two crossover films set for Phase 6, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, expected to conclude the Multiverse Saga in 2027.
  • Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will mark the formation of the MCU’s New Avengers team in a battle against Kang the Conqueror and his variants.
  • Several projects in Phases 4 and 5 have teased potential members of the New Avengers, including Sam Wilson, Shang-Chi, She-Hulk, and Scott Lang.

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Marvel Studios has used several recent projects to set up the storyline for its next major crossover event, the MCU Phase 6’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced the development of two crossover films for the MCU’s Phase 6 at SDCC 2022, The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, expected to bring the Multiverse Saga to a close in 2027. While Avengers: Secret Wars could involve a multiverse-spanning adventure with many returning characters from the MCU and other franchises, many suspect Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will mark the formation of the MCU’s New Avengers team in a battle against Kang the Conqueror and his many nefarious variants.

Scheduled for release on May 1, 2026, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will be the first Avengers-level crossover event in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, whereas previous Phases have always concluded with Avengers films. Since so many new heroes have been introduced in the MCU Phases 4 and 5, it’s difficult to predict who might become an official member of the Avengers in Phase 6, though several projects have teased candidates to join the MCU’s premiere superhero team. Not only that, but the storyline and villains for The Kang Dynasty have also been teased, with eight major MCU projects laying the groundwork for the upcoming film.

8 Avengers: Endgame

Tony Stark with the Infinity Stones in Avengers Endgame-1

As the first Avengers film of the Multiverse Saga, The Kang Dynasty will be the direct sequel to 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, even though several projects will have released in between the two films. Endgame also introduced the idea of time travel to the MCU, which will surely be a key plot element in The Kang Dynasty with Kang the Conqueror facing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. After Endgame, the Avengers have seemingly gone their separate ways, particularly after the deaths of Black Widow and Iron Man, and Steve Rogers’ retirement, allowing a new team to form in The Kang Dynasty to fill the void left by these missing superheroes.

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7 Falcon & The Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson as the new Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Steve Rogers’ Captain America led the Avengers throughout the majority of the MCU’s Infinity Saga, but after retiring in Avengers: Endgame, Rogers passed the star-spangled shield to Sam Wilson. Wilson officially became Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and is set to make his big screen debut as the patriotic hero in Captain America: Brave New World, with many wondering whether he’ll follow in Rogers’ footsteps and lead the New Avengers. If this does come to fruition, Sam Wilson will be crucial to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, bringing together a new team of heroes and leading them into battle like Rogers did before him.

6 Shang-Chi & The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Shang-Chi using the Ten Rings in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

For the most part, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a fairly self-contained project in the MCU’s Phase 4, but the film’s ending led many to speculate that Shang-Chi, and potentially even his best friend Katy, would become members of the New Avengers. After defeating the Dweller in Darkness and saving Ta Lo, Shang-Chi and Katy were approached by Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel to investigate the Ten Rings and the mysterious beacon they were sending across the cosmos. Some theories suggest the Ten Rings are sending a beacon to Kang, implying they and Shang-Chi will have a key role in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

5 She-Hulk: Attorney At Law

She-Hulk with Iron Man suits in She-Hulk Attorney at Law

Jennifer Walters’ She-Hulk seems like a clear candidate to join the MCU’s New Avengers team in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Not only does she have a familial connection to established Avenger Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, but She-Hulk is a crucial member of the Avengers in Marvel Comics and was even teased about making her way to the big screen when she met KEVIN in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s finale. With Bruce Banner’s future as an Avenger currently uncertain, it’s possible that Jennifer Walters could take his place as the new strongest Avenger when The Kang Dynasty releases in the MCU’s Phase 6.

4 Secret Invasion

Nick Fury at the end of Secret Invasion

Nick Fury may have built the MCU’s original Avengers team, but it doesn’t seem like this will be the case for the New Avengers in The Kang Dynasty. While Phase 5’s Secret Invasion might not have teased Fury’s involvement with the new superhero team, the series did begin to establish some animosity towards the Earth’s superpowered beings, as President Ritson declared war on extraterrestrials residing on Earth in Secret Invasion’s finale. This could be an important narrative to follow in The Kang Dynasty, particularly after Phase 5’s Brave New World and Thunderbolts, as superheroes may not be as celebrated as they previously have been.

3 Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Illuminati chamber in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The consensus is that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may have set up the storyline for Avengers: Secret Wars more than The Kang Dynasty, particularly since the film saw Strange explore the multiverse and become aware of destructive incursions. However, Doctor Strange has been given a much more central role in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, which means he will likely be a key figure in the New Avengers. There has been talk of Doctor Strange 3 releasing before The Kang Dynasty in Phase 6, which could help to pave the road for the upcoming crossover film and could even establish Strange as the leader of the New Avengers.

2 Loki

He Who Remains in the finale of Loki season 1

Marvel Studios’ Loki on Disney+ introduced the concept of the multiverse to the MCU, which has led to many of the events of Phases 4 and 5 and directly sets up the villain for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty: Kang the Conqueror. Jonathan Majors debuted as He Who Remains, a Kang variant, in Loki season 1, and is set to appear as another, Victor Timely, in Loki season 2, and will have a much larger role in the MCU’s future and The Kang Dynasty after the verdict concerning his recent assault arrest. The Kang Dynasty is expected to feature many Kang variants, all pitted against the New Avengers team.

1 Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania

Scott Lang and Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania

Much like Loki on Disney+, Phase 5’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also featured Jonathan Majors as several variants of Kang the Conqueror, including the Conqueror himself and the MCU’s Council of Kangs. This new villainous group is expected to make up the primary antagonists of The Kang Dynasty, particularly after teasing their involvement with the multiverse in Quantumania. Scott Lang ended Quantumania with a feeling of dread after listening to Kang the Conqueror’s warnings, which will surely lead to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and could even see Ant-Man assume the role of leader for the New Avengers team in Phase 6.

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