Marvel has officially confirmed the title of Avengers 5 – The Kang Dynasty. But what does this title mean, and how will Marvel adapt the comics?
Marvel has confirmed the official title of the next Avengers film, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The future looks brighter than ever for the MCU, with Marvel Studios using San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to announce their full Phase 5 slate – and to tease the franchise’s overarching direction, confirming the importance of the multiverse going forward. Phases 1-3 were officially called “The Infinity Saga,“but Phases 4-6 will be”The Multiverse Saga.“
2024 will be a particularly exciting year, with Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror – set up by Loki and due to make his official debut in Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania – clearly taking center-stage in Avengers 5: The Kang Dynasty. Due May 2025, Avengers 5: The Kang Dynasty will then presumably lead into Avengers 6: Secret Warsscheduled to release just a few months later in November 2025. It’s likely the relationship between these two movies will be similar to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgamewith Avengers: The Kang Dynasty ending on a world-shaking note that is resolved at the end of “The Multiverse Saga.“
The title of Avengers 5, The Kang Dynasty, is lifted straight from the comics, specifically from a 2001-2002 story written by Kurt Busiek. This saw the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror and his son, the Scarlet Centurion, make a devastating attack on Earth; it was one of the most spectacular events published in comics, with Kang placing the entire world under siege and destroying Washington, DC in a horrific act of reprisal when the Avengers tried to fight back. Kang actually conquered the planet, with the Avengers forced to serve as something of a resistance army, eventually managing to overthrow him. They would have been unable to defeat Kang had his son, Scarlet Centurion, not fallen for Carl Danvers (then Ms. Marvel).
How Will Avengers 5 Adapt The Kang Dynasty?
It’s worth noting that the MCU is unlikely to do a straight adaptation of The Kang Dynasty. The franchise has a habit of lifting the names of major events but adapting them liberally. Avengers: Age of Ultron, after all, bore absolutely no relationship to the comic book event after which it was named. What’s more, the MCU’s Kang the Conqueror is already very different from the comics; he’s been reinvented as the key player in a multiversal war, with different versions of Kang the Conqueror clashing – and the fate of the multiverse itself hanging in the balance. Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness teased that this conflict could potentially cause all the timelines to collide, perfectly setting up Secret Wars.
The word “dynasty” is particularly interesting, given that it is closely associated with the rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. One of the most notable incarnations of Kang in the comics is Pharaoh Rama-Tut, who ruled Egypt in ancient times, and Moon Knight already teased Rama-Tut’s presence in the main MCU timeline. It’s quite possible the MCU’s version of Avengers 5: The Kang Dynasty will involve the Egyptian version of Kang – perhaps making Moon Knight a much more important part of the MCU than he had previously seemed to be.
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