Since the demise of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, fans have been wondering which next villain would cause the heroes of the MCU to unite. At the end of the Disney+ series Loki, viewers were teased with a variant of He Who Remains, called Kang the Conqueror who now we know to be the next big bad.
After many variants of He Who Remains were freed due to him being killed by Sylvie, he stated how if she thinks he’s evil, she should meet his Variants. The fifth installment of Avengers including Kang as the villain was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con by Kevin Feige this July.
Is Kang really the main villain?
Despite being propped up to be the big villain in future MCU films, fans believe he might play second fiddle to another iconic villain. In the comics, the Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom is the one who beats Kang the Conqueror.
He collects the necessary powers and information required to defeat Kang and waits for the opportune time to act on it, while the Avengers are fighting Kang and his dynasty. At the right moment, after defeating the Kang, Doctor Doom takes over immediately.
Doctor Doom’s future in the MCU
Since Fantastic Four is already announced before the Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, we can easily anticipate seeing Doctor Doom feature in the next installment of the MCU. With the film confirmed to not be an origin story, the villain is expected to be observing the heroes of MCU in the backdrop.
Fans expect to see Doctor Doom reinvent the universe and introduce Battleworld and the Secret Wars. Having learned magic, teleportation, and time travel in the comics, fans expect to see these abilities factor into MCU’s Doctor Doom.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is expected to complete production and hit theatres in May of 2025.