Avengers: The Kang Dynasty won't be released for some time yet, but there is still plenty to start getting excited about. The film is coming as part of Marvel Phase 6, helmed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania scribe Jeff Loveness penning the script.
Beyond that, details on Avengers: The Kang Dynasty are few and far between. We've rounded up everything there is to know about Avengers 5 below, though, so you can get up to speed while you wait for the film to arrive. We've got the release date and all the potential plot points, using the comics – and Quantumania – as our guide. Of course, that means the following contains major spoilers for Ant-Man 3, so watch out if you're not up to date. For all things Avengers 5, look no further than our ultimate guide below.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty release date
Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed the Avengers: The Kang Dynasty release date at Marvel's 2022 San Diego Comic-Con panel: expect the next Avengers movie on May 5, 2025. We're also getting Avengers: Secret Wars six a year later on May 1, 2026.
Why such a long wait between Avengers: Endgame and Kang Dynasty? "When we were doing Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3, there were [fewer] projects over more years," Feige previously explained. "They were smaller projects and individual character stories, and it felt appropriate at that point, that after every two or three years that it took for a phase, we would do an Avengers film.
"As [Phases] 4, 5, and 6 were coming together, there are more projects in less years – because of all the amazing stuff we're now allowed to do on Disney Plus, and getting characters from Fox – Fantastic Four, and Deadpool – that it felt like, certainly after Infinity War and Endgame, that we thought Avengers movies aren't cappers."
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty cast
Jonathan Majors, who made his first appearance as Kang the Conqueror (under the He Who Remains moniker) in the first season of Loki, will likely reprise his role for Kang Dynasty. Majors played Kang – and all his Variants – in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Because Kang the Conqueror has a comic book connection to the Fantastic Four (whose new film will kick off Phase 6) and the villain Doctor Doom, it's possible that these characters will show up in the film as well.
No other casting details have been confirmed, though we can likely expect a few familiar faces to crop up. Considering his antics in the multiverse, Doctor Strange is not a bad shout, while Loki could very well make an appearance considering he's already met a variant of Kang. Ant-Man's another pick, seeing as Kang has unfinished business with him after Quantumania. The new Avengers could also include Fantastic Four, Shang-Chi, the new Black Panther, Ironheart, and Daredevil, as each hero has a solo project in the ongoing Multiverse Saga. The final line-up, however, probably won't be known until much closer to release – and we'll keep you updated on when names are confirmed.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty director
As confirmed a few days after Avengers: The Kang Dynasty's initial announcement, Shang-Chi mastermind Deston Daniel Crettin will direct the next Avengers movie. Interestingly, whereas Endgame and Infinity War were both directed by the Russo brothers, the sequel Secret Wars will be helmed by a different, as-yet-unannounced director, perhaps hinting at less cohesion between the two new projects.
Crettin's also an extremely busy man. Not only will he direct Kang Dynasty, but the filmmaker has signed an overall deal with Marvel that reportedly includes a Shang-Chi sequel and a Wonder Man project. No wonder he may want a break after dealing with Kang's antics.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Rick and Morty screenwriter Jeff Loveness is set to write the screenplay. Loveness has previously written for Marvel comics, penning 2015's Groot series, 2016's Nova series, and several issues of Amazing Spider-Man.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty plot
Plot details for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty are scarce, but we can hazard a guess at the direction of the story after Quantumania. Kang the Conqueror is the big bad of that movie, who was exiled to the Quantum Realm by the Council of Cross-Time Kangs (as seen in the post-credits scene). He spent a long time trying to escape with the intention of wiping out multiple timelines in an effort to stop his Variants, who are wreaking havoc on the multiverse and causing incursions. But, the ant-family stop him, and Kang is seemingly killed at the end of the movie. Whether he's really gone is a mystery for now, but there are many, many, many more Variants who could pose a threat in Avengers 5 – and the Council wants to stop the Marvel heroes exploring the multiverse.
This fits with the Loki season 1 finale, which sees a variant of Loki, Sylvie, kill He Who Remains, unleashing a multiverse of Kangs who are seemingly set on complete timeline domination. Considering the title of the new Avengers movie includes "Dynasty," we can potentially expect all these Kangs to be doing war with the Avengers – though how the second Quantumania post-credits stinger, which sees Loki and Mobius watching a presentation from Kang Variant Victor Timely, comes into play will likely become clearer after Loki season 2.
Kevin Feige has already teased Kang as a villain. "What I love is that [Kang is] totally different from Thanos. He is completely different. It's not just how about there's a bigger purple guy with a helmet, that's not what Kang is," Feige told ComicBook. "Kang is a very different type of villain and the fact that he is many, many different characters is what's most exciting and most differentiates him."
Now, let's look to the comics: a story titled The Kang Dynasty ran from 2000 to 2001 and saw Kang take over the Earth by destroying the United Nations and then teaming up with a whole roster of villains, including Eternals' foes the Deviants and the underwater armies of Atlantis, promising them all different parts of the planet. Kang then heads into the future to see how the Avengers may stop him, returning to the present and foiling their plans. The world soon gives into Kang.
The Avengers regather and launch an attack from space – and lose. Only when The Wasp manages to rally the other villains and turn them on Kang do the superheroes actually manage to save the day. Of course, the story's much more complicated than that and you can find our deep-dive on the comics' Kang Dynasty here.
And that's everything we know about Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. For much more on the MCU, be sure to check out our full breakdown of all the upcoming Marvel movies and shows heading your way soon.