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Marvel might split Avengers: Secret Wars into two movies

Published May 24th, 2024 8:14PM EDT
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Marvel is currently in the process of improving the quality of MCU movies and Disney Plus shows under the supervision of not just Kevin Feige but Disney’s Bob Iger.

Since his return, Iger hinted that the MCU will see changes. Disney wanted to improve the quality of projects, reduce the overall output, and focus on characters that fans wanted to see, including the Avengers. More recently, Iger clarified Disney’s strategy for the MCU.

We’re looking at up to three Marvel movies and a couple of TV shows per year. He further hinted that the upcoming Avengers 5 and Avengers 6 movies are on track to premiere on their current dates.

We’re already in the middle of Phase 5, and the absence of Avengers is a problem. It’s actually somewhat of a plot hole until the MCU addresses the matter. Feige did say that the Avengers no longer exist in the MCU after Endgame, but that’s something we also have to find out from the movies.

While Marvel might be going forward with the current plans for Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, an insider claims that we might get an Avengers 7 movie after those two. Beware, some spoilers might follow below.

This isn’t the first time we hear an Avengers 7 installment might be in the cards for the MCU. Previous rumors have said that Secret Wars could turn out to be a two-part movie. The film that should have ended the Multiverse Saga is just too big to be. It’ll feature all sorts of superheroes from the MCU and other Marvel universes, like Sony’s Spider-Man movies and Fox’s X-Men.

Whether an Avengers 7 gets made or not, the overall expectation is that Secret Wars will feature plenty of cameos. The Avengers need all the help they can get to deal with the Kang threat.

Recent rumors said that Kang will remain the main villain of the Multiverse Saga. Avengers 5 would keep its Kang Dynasty title and move forward with production. Bob Iger also seemed to hint that the upcoming Avengers movies will drop on schedule.

Kang is a problem for Marvel and Disney because the role has been associated with Jonathan Majors thanks to his performances in Loki and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Marvel had to fire the actor because of his off-screen behavior and related legal problems.

But Kang, the character, deserves better than that. I said previously that Marvel should just recast the role once the dust has settled and move on with the story. The MCU has been building towards a Kang vs. Avengers fight, and it’d be a shame to waste it.

Marvel insider Daniel Richtman chimed with new tidbits about the upcoming Avengers movies. He said that Avengers 5 will include the multiverse, but it’ll stay grounded. Marvel should announce a new actor for Kang in the coming months, with filming set to begin in January 2025. If this pans out, Kang Dynasty will probably premiere in May 2026, right on schedule.

Richtman also said that Avengers 5 will be a more standalone story than initially expected. In turn, Secret Wars will become a two-part adventure. Therefore, we’d get an Avengers 7 at some point after Avengers 6.

There’s no title or release date for Avengers 7. I will remind you that a trademark for Avengers: Eternity Wars exists, though that’s not necessarily the title of Avengers 7.

Separately, if Secret Wars is going to make its May 2027 premiere date, I’d expect the second part of the movie to drop a year later.

Thankfully, we might soon learn more about Marvel’s Avengers plans. Comic-Con is just two months away, set to take place during the opening weekend of Deadpool 3. That’s where we might see Kevin Feige & Co. announce more MCU projects for the coming years.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.