Jeff Loveness, the writer of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is reported to be no longer involved in the upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. It is said that Marvel Studios has decided to go in a different direction with the project, indicating a change in their creative plans.
Meanwhile, news of writers holding off on projects is not new these days because of the WGA strike, which started back on May 8th, 2023. Ever since the strike, we’ve heard about Blade being delayed again and will only move on once the strike is done. Daredevil: Born Again has shut down filming for a day.
So, hearing about Avengers: The Kang Dynasty being put on hold isn’t surprising news. But him leaving the project is a shock.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty Writer Jeff Loveness Leaves
Hollywood insider Jeff Sneider reveals on The Hot Mic Podcast that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania writer Loveness has left Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
After talking about Dave Filoni’s Star Wars film, Sneider added that he got news about the MCU. He said:
This is unconfirmed. My source is saying that Jeff Loveness is off of [Avengers:] The Kang Dynasty, and that he fell off before the strike.
His co-host John Rocha asked what it all means for the future of the MCU and the Avengers movies. If Marvel plans to start from scratch with writing the film, or are they working on what Loveness has worked on? Sneider continued:
Yes, that is exactly what it means. Jeff Loveness, deserved or not, got a lot of criticism for his scripts and, yes, it sounds like they are going in another direction … from what my source says.
Back in September 2022, it was announced that the Rick and Morty writer would be writing the first Avengers film after Endgame. It was exciting news because it meant that Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios liked his work so much on Ant-Man 3 that they would entrust him to work on the Kang Dynasty.
The release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania had a lot of hurdles. It ended up with mixed reviews, questionable special effects, and it’s one of the worst performances at the box office for an MCU movie. It even marked the second time Marvel got a Rotten Tomato rating.
Details of why Loveness left the MCU project are currently unknown. Is it because of Ant-Man 3’s performance? Or maybe his story for Kang Dynasty was not lining up with what Marvel was looking for? Right now, we can only speculate.
All we know is that Marvel seems to be moving in a different direction from Loveness’ vision for the film.
Jeff Loveness Exits Avengers: Kang Dynasty
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is anticipated to be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that prominently features the superheroes battling against the formidable Kang the Conqueror. Given that this is the first Avengers film following the monumental success of Avengers: Endgame, expectations are understandably sky-high. It’s a daunting task to surpass the impact and memorable moments of Endgame. Even now, watching it remains to be an overwhelming experience.
Additionally, Kang Dynasty is expected to establish the tone and pave the way for the subsequent film, Avengers: Secret Wars, which, once again, carries immense anticipation and lofty expectations.
The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has recently come under scrutiny, with their films and TV shows receiving mixed reactions. While some projects have exceeded expectations, there have been others that failed to meet them. Consequently, some fans have lost interest in keeping up with the MCU. Even Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, has reportedly advised Marvel to slow down and assess their projects.
The news of Loveness departing from the project comes as a surprise to me. However, I believe it might be necessary for Marvel to take a step back and reevaluate their focus. It’s important to note that this news is still unconfirmed, so we should approach it with caution.
Personally, I found Loveness’ approach to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania enjoyable, even more so than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, there was a sense that Ant-Man 3 was merely checking off required elements, which is not something I would want The Kang Dynasty to feel like.
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