Marvel’s Avengers Turn to ‘Loki’ Writer
Marvel continues to shake things up behind the scenes, and the latest move inspires hope.
Your favorite comic book film studio — at least until this year — just brought in someone new to work on the studio’s most important project.
While Marvel has gotten plenty wrong lately, nobody can question this latest move. Here’s what just happened.
The MCU Comes Full Circle
In 2018, Marvel announced a spinoff television series about Loki, the popular antihero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel assigned a largely unknown writer from Rick and Morty to work on the project. His name is Michael Waldron.
You’ve probably heard that name, as MickeyBlog has mentioned it quite a bit lately.
As the rest of the MCU struggles mightily, Waldron is currently taking a much-deserved victory lap for his work on Loki.
While we didn’t learn this fact until after the season two final aired, Waldron had pitched something brilliant.
Loki‘s two seasons work as bookends that blend together perfectly. This show is an absolute masterpiece.
At the end of season one, Loki revealed its primary antagonist, a character called He Who Remains, soon to be revealed as the strongest version of Kang.
Marvel planned to build Kang into the new Thanos. For that to happen, Kang needed to appear in other stories as well as Loki season two.
Waldron’s plans not only accounted for this but anticipated the idea and elevated it, leading to a stunningly satisfying conclusion.
While some personal issues involving Kang actor Jonathan Majors have derailed these plans, Waldron more than did his part.
Marvel has noticed and given Waldron a career-making promotion.
Waldron Will Write Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
Marvel has just placed Waldron in charge of the new script for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
As a reminder, director Destin Daniel Cretton just left the project due to scheduling constraints. Cretton is currently working on Wonder Man for Disney+.
Due to the end of the Hollywood strikes, several talented people find themselves squeezed for time as their previously announced projects have begun to stack.
That’s what happened to Cretton, who couldn’t make the progress Marvel needed with its vital Avengers sequel while producing Wonder Man.
Marvel hasn’t announced a new director yet, but the presumption is that the same person will create the multiversal stories for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Those upcoming releases should enter theaters in 2026 and 2027, respectively, and Marvel needs them to remind fans how great the studio’s content is.
So, the hiring of Waldron qualifies as a masterstroke. I say this because the writer has already told part of the story of Kang, including quite possibly the villain’s ultimate fate.
Before that, Waldron had stumbled into a job as the writer for Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, something that happened almost by accident.
In other words, he has written the story for Marvel’s first foray into the multiverse, AND he has created much of what we know of Kang’s backstory.
This one move should singlehandedly restore people’s faith in the progress of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
We’ll likely gain additional clarity later this week when actor Jonathan Majors gets his day in court.
Before 2023 ends, Marvel may be in the market for a new Kang. Or, it might double down on the actor. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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