- Killing Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may have been a genius move to solve controversy and change direction in the MCU.
- Marvel now has the freedom to explore a different villain, with the possibility of Doctor Doom taking on a central role.
- The future of Kang and the plans for Avengers 5 are still uncertain, but popular choices for recasting the role include Colman Domingo and John David Washington.
The MCU has made a few controversial decisions after Avengers: Endgame, but one choice in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may have been an unintentionally genius move. Marvel hasn’t found a consistent footing post-Endgame, and that has partly been due to a lack of direction with its story. However, that appeared to change with the introduction of Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Kang was set to be the next Thanos, and the Avengers would face off with him and his many variants in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Unfortunately, audiences didn’t leave Quantumania thinking Kang was an intimidating foe after he was defeated by Ant-Man. While Jonathan Majors delivered a menacing performance, it didn’t make up for the fact that he was seemingly killed by a single Avenger and an army of ants. However, with what has transpired regarding the direction of the MCU and Majors’ removal from the role, killing Kang might have been the MCU’s best decision in the Multiverse Saga.
Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania Ending Explained (In Detail)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s ending has deep implications for the MCU Multiverse and directly sets up at least three future installments.
Why Killing Kang in Quantumania Could Work Out For the MCU
The controversy surrounding Majors made Kang a problem within and outside the MCU. Majors was awaiting trial after being accused of assault in a March 2023 incident between him and his ex-partner. In December 2023, Majors was found guilty of intentional assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree and was shortly dropped by Marvel after the trial. By killing Kang in Quantumania, Marvel has given themselves a way out of the Majors’ situation, even though it may not have been their original plan.
Now, Marvel doesn’t have to go back to Kang, and they can move on to a different villain if they want to. There is the Council of Kangs left out there, but Marvel may have solved that problem in Loki. Loki’s sacrifice in the season 2 finale kept the multiverse from breaking out of control. While the Kang variants can now travel to different multiverses, the TVA is keeping their eye on them and Mobius confirmed that Quantumania‘s Kang had been dealt with. With Kang’s death and the TVA monitoring the situation, the MCU can move on to a different villain.
Is Kang Still The Main Villain Of Avengers 5?
Marvel still hasn’t addressed what the official plans are for Kang moving forward. According to THR, Marvel is now referring to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty as Avengers 5, so the studio could be rethinking its strategy for the Multiverse Saga. There are rumors that Kang could be recast, with some popular choices being either Colman Domingo or John David Washington.
Other rumors suggest Marvel could be making Doctor Doom the central villain, which could make sense with the Fantastic Four set to join the MCU soon. Avengers: Secret Wars is still the finish line for this saga of the MCU, and Doctor Doom would be an excellent antagonist for the next Avengers team. Still, there is plenty of potential for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty even after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and the suggested actors to replace Majors would perform admirably in the role.