- Rewatching the iconic scene where the Avengers first assemble helps to remember the roots of the team before its new iteration arrives in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
- Recapping Black Widow’s emotional death in Avengers: Endgame helps to prepare for potential heavy losses in the upcoming film.
- Kang the Conqueror’s backstory and his introduction to the MCU come through key scenes in Loki and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, helping understand his goals in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Following two Phases without an Avengers movie, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will see a new team rise in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and while the film will pull from several projects, here is how to get ready for the new Avengers film in only 28 minutes. During the Infinity Saga, every MCU Phase would include at least one of Marvel’s Avengers movies; however, the Multiverse Saga has changed that. Both MCU Phases 4 and 5 do not have an Avengers film, which has led to growing criticism related to how the MCU feels directionless at the moment. Thankfully, the upcoming Marvel movie slate includes not one but two Avengers films.
The first of those movies is 2026’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. As its name states, the film should feature the return of Kang the Conqueror and/or the variants that are a part of the multiversal Council of Kangs. Regardless of whichever path Marvel ultimately chooses for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty‘s story, which is currently being rewritten as Avengers: Secret Wars‘ writer Michael Waldron took over the film’s script duties, the film will build upon several MCU movies and series. While the task of preparing for the movie might seem daunting for some, these 28 minutes are all that’s necessary to watch to get ready for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
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The MCU Avengers Form
The heroes had already interacted before this moment; however, The Avengers‘s iconic shot was where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes really became a team. Clocking in at just under two minutes, watching the scene where the Avengers really assemble for the first time is important to prepare for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The next Avengers movie is set to introduce a new version of the team, and while there are still some original Avengers members active in the MCU, they are unlikely to be part of the team. By rewatching the MCU’s original Avengers forming, fans can remember the Avengers’ MCU roots before a new iteration of the team comes forward.
Black Widow’s Death
2019’s Avengers: Endgame completely changed the MCU. The movie was the last Avengers entry to release before the upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, serving as the final film that focuses on the original Avengers cast. With two major losses for the team, watching Black Widow’s death, which happens in a 5-minute sequence, is important for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. With Kang the Conqueror or the Council of Kangs in the Avengers’ way, it is possible that the new team will also suffer heavy losses, and fans experiencing Black Widow and Hawkeye’s emotional fight to see who sacrifices themselves for the other one more time is the perfect preparation for that.
Iron Man Dies To Defeat Thanos
Avengers: Endgame‘s biggest death was that of Tony Stark, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirming that Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will not be resurrected, as that would ruin the major MCU moment. The under 3-minute sequence that concludes with Stark sacrificing himself to stop Thanos is a great refresher for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Iron Man was the character who started it all for the MCU, and his death showed the hero coming full circle, going from an arrogant person to a selfless one. Iron Man’s death is the perfect ending to the previous chapter of the MCU, making it necessary to watch before the next Avengers movie.
Kang Is Introduced To The MCU
Despite Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania having underperformed, the debut of Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror made as big of a splash as was expected. As the supposed main villain of not only Avengers: The Kang Dynasty but the entire Multiverse Saga, watching Kang’s MCU debut is crucial to understanding the next Avengers movie. Everything from the way Kang carries himself to the cadence of his speech to the movie’s use of shadows leads to a fantastic final moment where Kang’s true power is shown, with the villain’s easy control of Ant-Man and Cassie Lang being something that the Avengers will have to watch out for.
Kang’s Backstory Is Explained (Twice)
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Disney+’s Loki is one of the most important projects to understand the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, as it deals directly with multiple Kang variants. The Loki season 1 finale introduced the MCU’s first Kang variant, He Who Remains, who watched over the Sacred Timeline. In a 4-minute scene, He Who Remains explains that there has already happened a Multiversal War between his variants started by Kang the Conqueror. The sequence is important to understand Kang’s past and goal in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and the fact that He Who Remains illustrates Kang’s history as he recounts it is great for understanding exactly what went down.
While He Who Remains explained Kang’s backstory, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania actually showed an important part of it in a quick sequence. The movie’s explanation of Kang’s backstory is one of the most necessary bits of info to have in mind when going into Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The reason for that is that it is revealed that Kang got trapped in the Quantum Realm after the Multiversal War. The sequence also shows a more tender side of Kang as he bonds with Janet van Dyne, and watching it adds a new degree of complexity to the character when he likely returns in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
He Who Remains Dies & Unleashes The Multiverse (& His Variants)
The moment where Sylvie — a female variant of Loki — kills He Who Remains is directly connected to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The Kang variant was responsible for watching over the MCU’s Sacred Timeline, and with his death, all the different universes were allowed to roam free and spill into each other, setting the stage for the Council of Kangs to wreak havoc in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. While Loki season 2’s ending put a new person in charge of watching over the different universes, the different branches in the MCU’s multiverse were allowed to continue, leading into the next Avengers film.
Kang Is Defeated In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
This 4-minute Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania climatic fight is crucial for the next Avengers movie. Kang the Conqueror was ultimately defeated at the end of his debut movie, with the character seemingly dying as he is sucked into his Multiversal Core as it explodes. Watching the scene is crucial to understanding what is going on with the villain when Avengers: The Kang Dynasty starts. The next Avengers movie should show what really happened to Kang, as it is unlikely that he is truly dead, and the character might have simply been transported into another realm/universe/time.
The MCU’s Council Of Kangs Is Introduced
Finally, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s first post-credits scene introduced a team of thousands of Kang variants. The short scene lasted for less than two minutes, but it properly set up the danger that the MCU is in as the Avengers will have to face off against the Council of Kangs in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Both Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Loki have shown how a single Kang variant can be a major problem, so a team of them like the Council of Kangs is worthy of being the threat that leads to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty seeing a new team assemble.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty releases on May 1, 2026.
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