Kang the Conqueror is expected to be a central character in upcoming Marvel projects, but now that his interpreter is in trouble his presence could be scaled back: here’s what we know.
I Marvel Studios they have a big problem to solve and it’s called Jonathan Majors. The actor, who was charged with domestic violence last March and is now awaiting trial, plays Kang the Conqueror. But that’s just the name of one of the “variants” of him seen in the season one finale Loki we have also known him as The one who stays, that is, the one responsible for the creation of the TVA (Time Variance Authority) and the only one able to maintain order between the universes and in the Sacred Timeline. We also found the character in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania where a post-credit scene confirmed that he will return in the second season of Loki (whose debut is set for October 6th are Disney+). Now, however, according to various sources close to Marvel, Jonathan Majors’ problems with justice risk destroying all plans, including and above all those of Marvel. phase 6 that the executives wanted to focus on Kang and culminate in the film Avengers: The Kang Dinasty scheduled for 2025.
Is Marvel in trouble because of Jonathan Majors?
The reaction of Marvel Studios, immediately after the arrest of Jonathan Majors, was very diplomatic. Company representatives said they have not yet made any decisions about the actor’s involvement in future projects; they will probably not express themselves until the end of the trial (scheduled for next October). Podcast host The Big Picture Of The Ringerhowever, the author of the book MCU:The Reign of Marvel Studios Joanna Robinson said sources close to the studios told her that Jonathan Majors’ performance in the Loki it changed all plans and would convince Marvel execs to invest heavily in the character. So now they find themselves having to manage a significant problem. Specifically, the reporter said:
“I was told by someone who works for Marvel that it wasn’t in the plans to make Kang the center of everything until they saw the dailies of ‘Quantumania’ and after his performance in ‘Loki.’ He was so strong that they said ‘This is it. This is the way to go. Let’s build everything around Kang and this artist who is passionate about so many people.’ For Marvel now it’s an unprecedented problem, because they’ve never made the franchise depend so much on one actor, as they did with Jonathan Majors. The Kang Dynasty it put them in a very unusual position. Usually they don’t put as much into one character as they did here. And that got them into trouble. We don’t know what they will do. I’ve heard conflicting rumors about whether they’re going to replace him, or that they’re not even considering replacing him.”
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Meanwhile, during the Disney Upfronts in New York, a new trailer of the second season of Loki where Jonathan Majors (and therefore none of his “variants”) was present. A strange choice, given that Kang (or the Leftover or Victor Timely) should be the main villain at the center of the new episodes of the series with Tom Hiddleston. But not only. According to the journalist of Axios Tim Baysingerthe president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige he wouldn’t even mention Majors among the stars of Loki, proving that Marvel Studios reserves the right to make a decision only after the process is over. The second season of Loki it’s already been shot, but you can always make last-minute cuts.