Marvel Seemingly Recommits To Original Multiverse Saga Plans, Hires ‘Loki’ And ‘Doctor Strange: The Multiverse Of Madness’ Writer To Pen ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’

Kang the Conqueror defies the Uncanny Avengers on Daniel Acuña's cover to Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1 #22 "Avenge the Earth: Conclusion" (2014), Marvel Comics
Kang the Conqueror defies the Uncanny Avengers on Daniel Acuña's cover to Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1 #22 "Avenge the Earth: Conclusion" (2014), Marvel Comics

As their plans for the future of their shared cinematic universe continues to wildly fluctuate, Marvel Studios has reportedly tapped Loki creator and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron to pen their upcoming franchise-hail-mary, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

Michael Waldron speaks to Marvel on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Marvel Entertainment
Michael Waldron speaks to Marvel on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Marvel Entertainment

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Reportedly now one of “Marvel’s most trusted creative minds” thanks to his respective work with the God of Stories and the Sorcerer Supreme, Waldron’s promotion from Marvel’s television endeavors to their silver screen division was first announced on November 27th, courtesy of Deadline.

Notably, in light of his previously announced attachment as the writer for the Secret Wars sequel, Waldron’s new gig now leaves him the sole – or at least primary – screenwriter behind both of Marvel’s upcoming Avengers outings.

Kang grapples with Immortus in Giant-Size Avengers Vol. 1 #2 "A Blast From the Past" (1974), Marvel Comics. Art by Dave Cockrum, Bill Mantlo, and Tom Orzechowski.
Kang grapples with Immortus in Giant-Size Avengers Vol. 1 #2 “A Blast From the Past” (1974), Marvel Comics. Art by Dave Cockrum, Bill Mantlo, and Tom Orzechowski.

Interestingly, this news surrounding Waldron comes roughly two weeks after MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios co-author and noted Marvel insider Joanna Robinson alleged that, for reasons unknown, the studio was looking to angle way from Kang as the Avengers’ next big bad.

“I actually heard from someone recently,” recalled Robinson on the November 11th episode of The Ringer’s House of R podcast. “So, the screenwriter Jeff Loveness, who wrote [Ant-Man and the Wasp:] Quantumania was supposed to write Kang Dynasty, I had it confirmed to me that he is no longer working for Marvel.”

Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) prepares to force his way out of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), Marvel Entertainment
Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) prepares to force his way out of the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), Marvel Entertainment

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“I asked the person why,” she added, “and they said the reason why is that he was all wrapped up in this Kang storyline and that they are likely going to be moving away from that.”

“So no official announcement that Avengers: Kang Dynasty will now be called ‘Doom’s Dystopia’ or whatever,” Robinson ultimately concluded. “We don’t know exactly what they’re going to do, to be clear, but I think that this just gives them the perfect opportunity to just be done [with the Majors situation] if they want to be.”

Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror fight for the title of 'Master of Time' on Mike Del Mundo's cover to Kang the Conqueror Vol. 1 #3 "Only Myself Left to Conquer - Part 3" (2021), Marvel Comics
Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror fight for the title of ‘Master of Time’ on Mike Del Mundo’s cover to Kang the Conqueror Vol. 1 #3 “Only Myself Left to Conquer – Part 3” (2021), Marvel Comics

Further compounding this situation is the fact that shortly after Robinson raised her latest news, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton chose to amicably and voluntarily step away from his previously-confirmed role as the director of Kang Dynasty.

But in regards to this particular shake-up, though it was claimed that Cretton made this decision in order to “focus on his other Marvel projects”, which currently includes the supposed Wonder Man series and a Shang-Chi sequel, word on the street suggests that “the idea that he’s going to be working on the Wonder Man series is cover.”

Wonder Man takes on the forces of Cordo, Inc. on Bill Sienkiewicz's cover to Wonder Man Vol. 1 #1 "Wonder Man" (1985), Marvel Comics
Wonder Man takes on the forces of Cordo, Inc. on Bill Sienkiewicz’s cover to Wonder Man Vol. 1 #1 “Wonder Man” (1985), Marvel Comics

“‘Cause from what I’m being told is that the actors were told to move on from the Wonder Man series and if they are going to do it they were going to be starting from scratch,” said film critic John Rocha during the November 16th episode of his and industry reporter Jeff Sneider’s The Hot Mic podcast [Time Stamp: 24:41].

“So, one of two things is going on,” he continued to explain to his co-host.” The Wonder Man series is dead and this is a Justin Simeon/Donald Glover situation where they’re saying he wants to focus on Wonder Man and Shang-Chi 2, and then like a month later they’re going to say Wonder Man is cancelled, they couldn’t figure it out or whatever, and this is providing cover for Destin Daniel Cretton. Or they are starting from scratch. They let some of the actors go, but they might be bringing some of them back to restart this machine all over again.”

Wonder Man is done entertaining the concept of super heroes in New Avengers Annual Vol. 2 #12 "The Revengers!" (2011), Marvel Comics. Words by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Gabrielle Dell'Otto, Ive Svorcina, and Joe Caramagna.
Wonder Man is done entertaining the concept of super heroes in New Avengers Annual Vol. 2 #12 “The Revengers!” (2011), Marvel Comics. Words by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Gabrielle Dell’Otto, Ive Svorcina, and Joe Caramagna.

As of writing, Avengers: Kang Dynasty – or, if Robinson is to be believed, whatever project Marvel ultimately decides to produce in its place – is set to threaten the multiverse on May 1st, 2026.

NEXT: Marvel Studios Reportedly Only Chose Kang As Multiverse Saga Villain After Jonathan Majors Received “Positive Buzz” Over ‘Loki’ Cameo

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