Overcrowding The MCU: Can Marvel's Multiverse Saga Handle An Avalanche Of Heroes?
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Overcrowding The MCU: Can Marvel’s Multiverse Saga Handle An Avalanche Of Heroes?

As The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Multiverse Saga Gears Up For A Two-part Finale, The Challenge Of Balancing An Ever-growing Roster Of Heroes Looms Large

By Akshay Sharma
March 25,2023

The Multiverse Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has introduced an array of characters, with even more set to debut before its two-part finale. While Infinity War and Endgame managed to balance ensemble narratives within their runtimes, the upcoming films face the challenge of accommodating an even larger cast of heroes.

I. Comparing Infinity War and Endgame: Ensemble Narratives And Runtimes

Infinity War featured around 21 main heroes in its 2-hour-29-minute runtime, striking a balance in its ensemble narrative. Endgame, at 3 hours and 2 minutes, included fewer heroes until the final battle. With the MCU’s library of characters having almost doubled since Endgame, the upcoming films may need to be equally long to fit everyone in.

II. Speculating The Division Of Heroes In Kang Dynasty And Secret Wars

To explore how Marvel Studios may divide the heroes across the two films, we consider the comic book versions of Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, as well as the established and upcoming MCU characters.

A. Kang Dynasty: A Battle With Future Tech And A 30th Century Army

Rumors Swirl Around New Avengers Lineup For Kang Dynasty

New Avengers Lineup For Kang Dynasty

Kang Dynasty, set mainly in the present, sees Kang attempting to conquer Earth using future technology and a 30th-century army. This storyline could assemble over 20 heroes, including:

  1. Sam Wilson / Captain America
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Doctor Strange
  4. Spider-Man (Holland)
  5. She-Hulk
  6. Hercules
  7. Smart Hulk
  8. Ant-man
  9. Wasp
  10. Daredevil
  11. Moon Knight
  12. Shang Chi
  13. Black Panther
  14. War Machine
  15. Iron Heart
  16. Sersi
  17. Black Knight
  18. Iron Lad
  19. Stature
  20. Skarr
  21. Kate Bishop
  22. Hawkeye
  23. Namor 24-29. Thunderbolts

B. Secret Wars: A Multiversal War On Battleworld

Several Reports Claim That Morgan Stark And Tony Stark Are Rumored To Appear In Avengers Secret Wars

Avengers Secret Wars

Secret Wars could feature a multiversal war set on Battleworld, where ultimate good faces ultimate evil or the Council of Kangs to decide the fate of the multiverse. This storyline might involve a different set of heroes, such as:

  1. Iron Man – RDJ
  2. Captain America – Evans
  3. Black Widow – Scarjo
  4. Thor
  5. Hulk – Norton
  6. Loki
  7. Spider-man (w/ Symbiote suit) – Maguire
  8. Xavier – Stewart
  9. Wolverine – Jackman
  10. Storm – Berry
  11. Deadpool – Reynolds 12-15. Fantastic Four
  12. America Chavez
  13. Scarlet Witch
  14. Monica Rambeau
  15. Blade
  16. Ms. Marvel
  17. Doctor Strange (or Brother Voodoo?)
  18. Vision (white version) 23-28. Eternals (those not in Kang Dynasty)
  19. Speed
  20. Wiccan
  21. Watcher – Jeffery Wright
  22. Madame Web – Dakota Johnson


The Multiverse Saga

The Multiverse Saga

The Multiverse Saga’s two-part finale will need to masterfully juggle a vast array of characters, bringing Marvel Studios’ most ambitious project to a close. While this list is speculative and may not include all heroes, it provides an insight into the challenge that lies ahead for Marvel Studios.

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