Disney Dismantles ‘Avengers 5’, Marvel Hero Steps Away

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Jonathan Majors looking stern as Kang the Conqueror

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Avengers 5 won’t be happening how fans expect after Marvel reportedly scrapped the entire team working on it.

Doctor Strange talking to Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War
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Only a few years ago, MCU fans were asking Kevin Feige and the team working at Marvel Studios why they bothered to make more movies after Avengers: Endgame (2019). Phase Four focused solely on introducing new faces to the franchise, with many of the projects doing too much in so little time. With the pandemic and fewer iconic characters on the big screen, Marvel was suddenly making less at the box office except when certain heroes like Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord or Tom Holland’s Spider-Man graced the screen.

This was also the era when Marvel began experimenting with the Disney+ series, and that has led fans to feel like the Marvel Cinematic Universe was too much to keep up with. There are too many shows and movies about characters that fans might not know very well, and it has led to some great successes, but the MCU’s reputation isn’t the same. Reports even claimed that Marvel might bring back Avengers like Iron Man and Black Widow to get the original Avengers team onscreen once again. Other reports for movies like Captain America: Brave New World (2024) make fans nervous about what Marvel is doing with iconic super heroes. Phase Five hasn’t helped the franchise, but Avengers: Kang Dynasty (2026) and Avengers: Secret Wars (2027) were promised to be the flagships of the Multiverse Saga, and it seems that fans might not see that promise fulfilled.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror has only appeared in two projects so far, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), in which fans have really enjoyed his performance even if the MCU movie was a box office disaster. Kang’s presence was thought to be the glue that held the Multiverse Saga together until the actor was arrested for allegedly hitting his partner. What first was presumed to be a straightforward ordeal has turned into a huge trial, with Majors and his partner being looked at as the victim and the abuser.

This trial and Marvel’s desire to get back on track has led to serious changes in the MCU, with Avengers 5 being affected. It’s the movie centered around Kang the Conqueror, and no one knows if the actor will be recast or if the rumors about Marvel scrapping the villain for someone like Doctor Doom will actually happen. Deadline reports that Marvel director Destin Daniel Cretton has stepped down from directing the film to focus on Wonder Man and Simu Liu’s Shang Chi 2, two MCU projects that the director has committed to. This was after getting the chance to do much more in the MCU due to Marvel trusting the director after Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) being a big success for the franchise. Cretton is still in talks to do more with Marvel, just not Avengers 5.

Destin Daniel Cretton (left) and Simu Liu as Shang-Chi (right)
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This change has left the next Avengers movie without its director, and reports claim that Jeff Loveness was just removed from the project, leaving fans to wonder what is truly happening with Avengers 5. Is it about Kang Dynasty? No one knows because Marvel hasn’t decided what to do with Jonathan Majors. The clock is ticking, and if Marvel wants to wait through the trial to see if Majors is innocent, it could really hurt them because the MCU needs to start prepping for Avengers 5. If the movie is suddenly about a different villain, fans could be confused and not care for it.

While fans love Doctor Doom, it’s not fair to change course to rush the villain in as the big bad all of a sudden when the past few years have been centered around Kang as a real threat. Recasting the actor might be the best option. Still, Marvel needs to get their team assembled for the movie and the cast because if the Avengers franchise is going to win back fans, it must be just as great as the previous movies, or else fans won’t go to theaters to see it. The Kang storyline still seems like the best way forward, but Marvel might make some significant changes, forcing the Fantastic Four team to have a prominent role in the MCU if Doom replaces Kang.

Avengers: Kang Dynasty will be released in theaters on May 1, 2026.

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