Since Jonathan Majors’ arrest, the question has arisen as to what will happen to Kang in the MCU. An important decision has now been taken in this regard.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
After Thanos (Josh Brolin) was the famous comic book villain Kang actually how new main villain was chosen for the current saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, this plan is in jeopardy after Kang actor Jonathan Majors was arrested on March 25, 2023 and later charged with assault and harassment of a woman. Subsequently, new reports emerged in which Majors was accused of, among other things, misconduct on film sets.
Since then, the question has been whether Disney and Marvel Studios will be able to keep Jonathan Majors. The case against the actor is scheduled to be opened on November 29, 2023 (via CBS). Those responsible may have already made a decision – and this will come as a surprise to many fans.
Vanity Fair journalist Joanna Robinson, who is well connected in Marvel circles and recently became known as the co-author of the book “MCU: The Reign of the Marvel Studios” (available here on Amazon), has now appeared on the “House of R” (via ComicBook.com) dropped a corresponding bombshell: according to their information, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” will be the author Jeff Loveness will no longer write the script for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. According to Robinson, this decision was probably made because Say goodbye to Kang as a villain there.
You see, it’s currently not official that Jeff Loveness has been kicked out, nor that Kang is expected to say goodbye to him at the same time. It wouldn’t be surprising if the script for the fifth Avengers film was entrusted to someone else, following the generally negative reaction to “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” However, the beginning of Phase 5 of the MCU associated with the work also established Kang as the new main villain, so it was initially obvious that Loveness should be responsible for her first major confrontation with the Avengers. If the author was indeed relieved of his duties, this could be an indicator, as Joanna Robinson suggested, that the MCU also wants to reposition itself in relation to Kang.
What is certain, however, is that the next Avengers film will have to reposition itself in terms of directorial position:
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It was only at the beginning of November that Variety reported that Kang’s departure would cause problems, as he had already established himself as the MCU’s new big villain. But on closer inspection, that doesn’t have to be the case. Other than “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and the two seasons of “Loki,” Majors has not appeared as a variant of Kang in any other title. The “Loki” Season 2 finale also didn’t explicitly position Kang as a major future threat. In its new role, the TVA is keeping an eye on the Kang variants, which in the future of the MCU could easily be interpreted as having the threat under control. In this scenario, Kang would not become a significant threat to the Avengers.
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In fact, Kang offers the perfect opportunity to easily recast a character with a different actor or actress. “Loki” finally established that variants in the multiverse don’t always look the same, aren’t always limited to just one gender, and aren’t always human. However, those responsible may be of the opinion that Kang is closely linked to the face of Jonathan Major and that they would prefer to leave this chapter completely behind because of the criminal trial. So Kang would follow Ultron’s lead and be limited to just one appearance as a major, recurring Marvel villain; Although this time it wasn’t enough to fight the Avengers.
Of course, “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” would need a new title and a new antagonist – and this is where the aforementioned Variety report comes into play again. According to him, Doctor Doom is already being discussed internally as a possible replacement, which would certainly be suitable. After all, Doctor Doom is one of the most popular Marvel villains of all time, and with “Fantastic Four” there is a film in production that could establish him in the MCU. Furthermore, a year after “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty”, the next big event begins in theaters with “Avengers: Secret Wars”. And who was responsible for the final iteration of Secret Wars in the comics? Exactly, Doctor Doom.
But as mentioned: none of this is official, it’s just speculation at this point. Marvel fans will be curious to see if the MCU’s current plan will be shaken up again. Firstly, things continue on the multiverse series front thanks to “What If…?” Season 2, which begins exclusively on Disney+ around Christmas 2023; You can secure your subscription here. It’s not impossible that Kang will (still) play a role there. Next year’s next and only MCU film will also head to the multiverse: “Deadpool 3” opens in U.S. theaters on July 26, 2024, likely two days earlier in this country. After that, fans can expect a break due to the now-ended Hollywood strikes; Perhaps this will give those responsible the time they need to finally resolve Kang’s dilemma.
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