Now that Avengers: Endgame is through and Marvel Studios is moving on to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans can’t help but wonder whether the future of the franchise might include a villain as massive as Thanos (Josh Brolin) ever was.
While some analysts believe that Marvel might try for a different approach in Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the franchise, the Observer says that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige may have to introduce an equally powerful villain and an engaging storyline to keep the MCU going with the same momentum and the same amount of success.
Speaking in an interview with the founder of MCU Cosmic, Jeremy Conrad, the Observer learned that Marvel seems to be setting up for the introduction of Kang the Conqueror, a time travelling entity that served as a major villain for Marvel comics.
“It really sounds like they’re starting to set up Kang, with the Time Variance Authority in Loki,” Conrad told Observer. “They’re also developing Young Avengers (built up with the Disney+ shows) and Kang has been a villain in Young Avengers as well. With all the time/multiverse focus right now, Kang makes the most sense as the next big bad.”
Given that Marvel is going to toy around with alternate universes and other dimensions in WandaVision and in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it doesn’t seem too farfetched that the studio might want a villain who plays around with time in Phase 4 of the MCU.
Let’s wait and see whether these speculations end up being true.
Phase 4 of the MCU is set to begin with the release of Black Widow.