The Young Avengers are on their way to the MCU, with a bunch of MCU Phase 4 projects introducing one of the next generation of heroes into the franchise. Loki introduce one of them in Kid Loki’s form, a youthful variation of trickster Tom Hiddleston. However, although less obvious, the recent Disney Plus hit also seeded another team member that later went downhill. Specifically, Iron Lad.
Contrary to his name and what the original comics led us to believe, Iron Lad is not related to Tony Stark but is actually a version of Nathaniel Richards AKA Kang the Conqueror, someone trying to hide. Fate became an evil tyrant and so traveled to the 21st century to find his own heroic path. Although not directly related to Iron Lad, Loki the finale introduced another variation of Kang – The One Who Remains (Jonathan Majors).
He Who Remains insists that there are many variations of him out there. After Sylvie murdered him, the broken timeline and the presence of a Kang statue at TVA confirm he is now in power. So this opens the door to countless other Kang variations to come – possibly including Iron Lad. He was a key part of the original Young Avengers lineup, so if Marvel Studios wants to stick to the comics, bringing Iron Lad into the MCU is a must.
Other young heroes on their way include Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop in Hawk Eye, Iman Velllani’s Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel and Xochitl Gomez’s Miss America in Doctor Strange 2. And we met Wiccan and Speed in WandaVision and Eli Bradley in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Kathryn Newton also plays Cassie Lang / Stature in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Ant-Man 3 happens to be Majors’ confirmed next appearance as Kang, so there’s a good chance the Young Avengers concept will be explored in that movie. Loki Season 2 is also in development.