The MCU movies are always widely anticipated. Some more, some less. But even with all the movie and TV projects that Marvel Studios has in development, it’s known that Avengers movies are always anticipated with the next level of hype. We still remember the days when we were anticipating Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Only the release of the first trailer would fly us to the moon, not to mention the feeling we had when we bought our tickets, entered a theater, and waited for the movie to start. That level of hype later resulted in two blockbuster movies that grossed more than $2 billion worldwide each!
Although some fans say that MCU lost its touch after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, even they would be lying if they said that they aren’t looking forward to the next two Avengers movies. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars were first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022. While there isn’t much to know about these movies now, we’re getting another huge MCU event, which is enough to keep us interested.
Both movies are currently being written, so there’s no telling who or what we might expect in these movies apart from the villain mentioned in the title of The Kang Dynasty. Of course, that won’t stop rumors and theories from unreliable sources that won’t hesitate to spread false news before filming begins. Marvel Studios didn’t make any official announcements about the cast members of these movies, but it’s for sure that those will be big movies featuring a huge ensemble cast.
IMDb is the most known online database of information related to movies. And while not even IMDb can be 100% sure about some things (we remember that Brie Larson was listed to appear as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War, which didn’t happen at the end), it’s still considered that they’re giving more reliable info than some pages across social media. So we decided to look at IMDb’s pages for The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars to see if any actors are already listed to appear in these movies.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
Jonathan Majors as Kang
Jonathan Majors is probably the only cast member for which we can be 100% sure he will appear in The Kang Dynasty. Why? Because he plays a character that is mentioned in the movie’s title. In the Loki series, Majors first appeared in the MCU as Nathaniel Richards, aka He Who Remains.
Earlier this year, he debuted as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which was announced as the first real step towards the next crossover event in the MCU. The post-credit scene promised us that Kang’s reign is only at the beginning, and we’re waiting for it to culminate in The Kang Dynasty, and how will that movie set up Secret Wars? We have no idea at this moment. One thing’s for sure; we’re in for a treat.
Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang
The character of Cassie Lang has evolved a lot since she was introduced merely as the daughter of the main hero in 2015’s Ant-Man. Abby Ryder Fortson played the character in the first two Ant-Man movies. Following the time jump in Avengers: Endgame, Emma Fuhrmann played the teenage Cassie, and Kathryn Newton took over the role in Quantumania.
After this latest movie established her into a new hero called Stature, we’re just waiting to see what’s next for her in that MCU journey. Considering she was one of the first MCU characters that met Kang in person, she might have a more important role in the upcoming crossovers than we realize now.
Anthony Macke as Captain America
After Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers hung up the shield of Captain America and passed it over to Sam Wilson. Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier followed Sam’s establishment from Falcon into the next Captain America. We await his next adventure in Captain America: New World Order in May 2024.
Captain America was always one of the most vital members of the Avengers, and it’s pretty obvious we’ll see Sam fighting some new epic battles with one of the most known shields in popular culture. We don’t know where his MCU journey will take him, but we’re looking forward to wherever it is.
Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
We have already talked about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania being the first step in building the stage for The Kang Dynasty. There were some theories about Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang potentially dying in his threequel, which did not happen at the end, but that probably won’t stop a new wave of theories that will claim he’s going to die in his next MCU appearance, which will most likely be in The Kang Dynasty, if not before.
After Quantumania, Ant-Man already has more experience dealing with Kang the Conqueror than most of the others MCU heroes, so he will probably have an important role in the next crossover event. And will he survive to see the end of it? We won’t know before the movie hits theaters.
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop
Hailee Steinfeld joined the MCU in the Hawkeye series as the protegee of the titular hero, played by Jeremy Renner. Steinfeld received praise for her performance, quickly winning MCU fans’ hearts. But since the Hawkeye series concluded, there hasn’t been a word about when we will see her next since it’s obvious we will eventually.
It doesn’t seem like the Hawkeye series will get a second season, so the next best guess is that Kate Bishop will be a part of the huge roster in the next Avengers movie. We have seen how Marvel Studios is preparing the new generation of heroes that will carry this franchise, Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop is only one of them, and we’re still waiting to see what Kevin Feige and his team have prepared next for in the MCU.
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
When the Hawkeye series premiered in 2021, many fans thought that the series would officially end Jeremy Renner’s MCU path and set up Kate Bishop as his successor. Although the latter turned out to be true, the ending of the series did not seem like the closing chapter for Renner’s character, so there’s still a chance we could see MCU’s Legolas in the next crossover event.
Still, we need to remember that Renner is recovering from the severe accident he had last Winter, and we still don’t know how that will affect his future career. We wish him a good recovery and hope to see him with a bow and arrow again.
Tenoch Huerta as Namor
Tenoch Huerta debuted as Namor in last year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Although he played the main antagonist, the movie’s ending screamed, “don’t worry, you will see Namor again!” Although some things about Namor from the source material were changed for the movie, one thing that remained is that we can’t say if Namor is ultimately a hero or a villain. He was written as an antagonist, but in the long history of Marvel Comics, he played for both sides, and we have a feeling we might see just that whenever and wherever we see him again.
Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel
Like Hailee Steinfeld and Kathryn Newton, Iman Vellani is also one of those youngsters expected to carry this franchise into the future. Vellani debuted as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in her solo Disney+ series, and she’s set to be one of the three main characters in The Marvels, in which Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris will reprise the roles of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau, respectively.
After debuting in her solo series, we expect that The Marvels will fully establish Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel before seeing her in some crossover events. She certainly has a long MCU future in front of her.
Avengers: Secret Wars
Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, Anthony Mackie, and Iman Vellani, who were listed on IMDb to appear in The Kang Dynasty, are also listed to appear in Secret Wars. The actors who are currently only listed to appear in Secret Wars are:
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
We listed some new MCU names and some MCU veterans. But when discussing veterans on this list, Chris Hemsworth is probably the biggest. Hemsworth has been playing the God of Thunder since 2011, he has appeared in four solo movies, four Avengers movies, the post-credit scene of Doctor Strange, and he voiced the character in the What If…? animated series.
The ending of his latest movie Thor: Love and Thunder, announced that we would see more of Thor in the future, and although he’s not listed on IMDb to appear in The Kang Dynasty (yet), he is listed to appear in the movie that is expected to be the biggest MCU event and the climax of the Multiverse saga. We don’t know when exactly, but we’ll need to say farewell to Hemsworth’s Thor one day, and what’s a better movie to do it than the next Endgame that Marvel Studios is preparing?
Since he debuted in his first solo film in 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange quickly became of the biggest MCU stars. He was crucial in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The last we saw of Doctor Strange was in his sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has set up whatever will come next for him.
Some rumors say that Marvel Studios plans to develop Doctor Strange 3 before Secret Wars releases, which Marvel Studios didn’t confirm. Still, Kevin Feige said there are more projects to be announced for Phase 6, and Doctor Strange 3 seems like the most obvious choice to put it somewhere between The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. The Master of the Mystic Arts will surely have a huge role in those movies, and he still has plenty of stories to tell in the MCU.
Edward Norton introduced Hulk into the MCU, but Mark Ruffalo replaced him in The Avengers in 2012, and he still plays the role. Although some fans aren’t fond of what the Hulk has become since Infinity War, we will surely see more of him in the future. The last time we saw him was in the She-Hulk series, which ended with him introducing his son Skaar.
We don’t know when we will watch Ruffalo as the Hulk again. Still, with new Avengers movies on the way (Ruffalo has appeared in all of them so far) and the recent rumor that Marvel Studios might eventually develop the World War Hulk movie, it’s obvious we haven’t seen the last of Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner yet.
After years of waiting for this role, Simu Liu debuted as Shang-Chi in his solo movie in 2021, and it’s known that that was only the first step in his MCU journey. It’s been announced already that Marvel Studios is developing a sequel. And although the sequel still had no release date, we were teased that we’ll see Shang-Chi sooner than we might expect, and we all know what that means.
Marvel Studios announced in December 2020 that the Ironheart Disney+ series is in development. We didn’t know then that the character would be first introduced in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which has also set up the story for the Disney+ series. Dominique Thorne plays Riri Williams, a young but genius inventor who built the most advanced mechanical suit since Tony Stark’s era.
Marvel wants to find a young successor for each of the six original Avengers. We can only wait to see what role Ironheart will have in her solo series and the upcoming crossover events.
Xochitl Gomez debuted as America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a young heroine with a very useful set of skills; an ability to travel between the universes in the Multiverse. The movie finished with Gomez’s character studying the mystic arts at Kamar-Taj, so we suspect that she will learn to use her skills and use them when needed once the Kang comes to threaten the Multiverse.
We don’t know how much we would be wrong if we said that Wong is something like Nick Fury of the Multiverse Saga. We remember how Samuel L. Jackson was basically “everywhere” around when the MCU was in its first building stage. We can’t shake the feeling now that Wong is also “everywhere.”
We have seen him in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the She-Hulk series. That’s plenty of projects in less than a year for one supporting character. Benedict Wong certainly enjoys playing this role, and it’s for sure that he has more stories to tell in the MCU. After all, he is currently the Sorcerer Supreme of the Masters of the Mystic Arts.