When I first happened upon this glorious site, and created my writing account, one of my first theory articles was a theory on the true purpose behind all those Stan Lee cameos in the MCU.
I theorized that he was the terrifying intergalactic warlord, Kang the Conqueror, rather than Uatu the Watcher, the Marvel character that everyone was convinced Stan was portraying. It saddens me to say however, that I may have been wrong about that. See, Stan can't be Kang, because as of now, until some unforeseeable moment in the future, Kang CAN'T be in the MCU.
Why? Simple, rights issues.
This is a visual guide to the film rights of many popular Marvel Comics characters. Though he isn't up there now, Kang's movie rights may have just been cleared up by Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn.
Gunn has recently begun writing the script for the highly anticipated sequel to his Marvel space action-comedy film. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 may or may not include characters like Nova and Adam Warlock, but a fan on Facebook asked Gunn if a certain space emperor, as well as an intergalactic empire, were being considered for the film specifically.
So there you have it. 20th Century Fox, the same people who own the film rights to the entire X-Men and Fantastic Four universes, also own Kang. Kang has very close ties to the F4, so in a way, this makes sense.
It just makes me a bit disappointed, not only because I'll never get to see the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy team up to defeat the tyrannous Kang (because who wouldn't want to see that epic battle?!), but also because Fox is sitting on a character they don't have any plans for. Right now that is.
While I do believe Kang's rightful place is in the MCU, since Fox does own him, let's hope they've got some rad plans for him in the near future. Like?
A Supervillain Team-Up With Apocalypse!
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to introduce the titular character, Apocalypse, next year. Apocalypse is absolutely going to shake the X-world up! What better way to do that then joining forces with a time travelling, power hungry space tyrant?!
Not only would Kang's appearance in [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267), or subsequent X-films be absolutely incredible, it'd be the perfect way to bring in the Fantastic Four! Fox has been a bit vague about the ties between the X-world and the F4-world, but from what I can tell, they aren't separate film universes.
Meaning that at any time, Reed Richards could pop up and start an impromptu fight with Wolverine!
But while a random fight between these two would be cool, having the two teams' bad guys join forces is the best way to get them to notice each other.
Whatever it is you're doing with Kang Fox, I sincerely hope you have plans for him. If not, please hand him over to Marvel, and continue your plan for a shared X-Men and F4 universe, I'm ready for it!