The MCU’s Phase 4 has now concluded without an Avengers movie. But Phase 6 will do that feat for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with its two films — Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
In these films, Jonathan Majors’ Kang was touted as a threat to the Multiverse Saga. But now, after Kang the Conqueror, Kingpin is set to be the next huge villain of the MCU.
Kang’s presence in Loki Season 2 will impact future MCU movies, which hints at the character’s continued menace in the narrative.
Majors debuted as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Even though the movie saw the villain dying in a shocking twist, his return is certain. But it’s also for sure that Kang’s story won’t drag on for long in the MCU and Kingpin will become the next Big Bad.
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Daredevil‘s Kingpin May Solve the Jonathan Majors Dilemma
2023 has been a bleak year for Marvel Studios. Marvel cut ties with Jonathan Majors after he was found guilty of assaulting and harassing his former girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.
Previously, he was set to play the lead in the upcoming film Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. But, his exit questions the future of Marvel which is hanging in the air right now. Even, the actor who’ll replace him has not yet been announced.
But, there’s still a ray of hope, as speaking with Screen Rant, Brad Winderbaum (production & development executive at Marvel Studios) teases that Kingpin will be like the “Thanos of the street-level MCU.”
Kingpin will take over the next big villain after Kang, and it has just started with his appearance in Daredevil: Born Again and his upcoming role in Echo.
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MCU Should Try to Shift Its Focus to Street-Level Villains
After featuring Thanos in Infinity Saga and Kang in the Multiverse Saga, it’s now pivoting towards street-style villains like Kingpin. Villains like Thanos and Kang are more like carbon copies, and now introducing another villain in the same line might feel repetitive.
Marvel’s decision to introduce Kang immediately robbed the excitement of fans that they had when Thanos came to light. So, rather than relying on major villains, the MCU should now focus on minor villains to develop relatable stories for its heroes.
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Marvel Studios now has several street-level heroes, so it’s the perfect chance for them to focus on street-level villains. This will allow heroes like Daredevil and Punisher to have more involvement in the action.
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