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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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