Captain Marvel and Shang-Chi may be the Avengers’ next Iron Man and Captain America in the forthcoming The Kang Dynasty film. Only a few years after the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios revealed that fans would be treated to two Avengers films in 2025.
This confirmation of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars provides fans with a clear roadmap to where the MCU is currently headed, as the Multiverse Saga builds to the showdown between the new Avengers and Kang the Conqueror.
The MCU superheroes will need a new lineup for the forthcoming Avengers 5 film because Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Widow’s time with the Avengers is over in Avengers: Endgame. Hulk, Hawkeye, and Thor, the founding Avengers, could still play a part in The Kang Dynasty, but it’s likely that the attention would fall on the more recent heroes. The next Avengers squad will probably include Captain Marvel, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and whoever the next Black Panther is.
Ant-Man and Doctor Strange could have significant roles in Avengers 5’s universe and Kang-focused tale, but it now appears Captain Marvel and Shang-Chi will also likely play major roles. Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has recently been named as the director of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Given that Cretton is in charge of directing Avengers 5, Shang-Chi may have a significant part in the movie. Brie Larson frequently appears in Cretton’s movies; she played the lead in two of them, provided support in a third, and even appeared as Captain Marvel in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings post-credits sequence. The Kang Dynasty should continue to work with them, and as a consequence, Captain Marvel will eventually become one of the movie’s primary protagonists. Captain Marvel and Shang-Chi might replace Iron Man and Captain America on the new Avengers roster.
As of present, no cast members for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty have been officially announced by Marvel Studios. It is worth mentioning, though, that Cretton may have previously disclosed the primary Avengers lineup in the Shang-Chi post-credits scene. Wong took Katy and Shang-Chi back to the Sanctum Sanctorum to meet with Captain Marvel and Bruce Banner. They talked about the origins of the Ten Rings swords. The sequence also obviously hinted at Shang-Chi joining the Avengers. Captain Marvel, Shang-Chi, Wong, and the Hulk appear to represent the backbone of the new Avengers lineup.
On May 2, 2025, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will debut, while on November 7, 2025, Avengers: Secret Wars will hit theaters.