Summary

  • Marvel will need to make major changes to the MCU with the firing of Jonathan Majors as Kang.
  • The Multiverse Saga’s story will need to be reevaluated and tweaked without Majors in the role.
  • The firing of Majors puts pressure on the MCU to avoid repeating the same complications and criticism it has faced in recent projects.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have to modify its plans now that Jonathan Majors has been dropped from the franchise, and some major changes are on the way. Majors first debuted in the MCU as the He Who Remains variant of Kang in Loki season 1, with the actor going on to play Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Victor Timely in Loki season 2, and more. While the MCU’s Multiverse Saga hinged on Majors’ performance as the different Kang variants, Marvel Studios fired Majors after the actor was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault.

Marvel’s upcoming movies will now have to deal with the loss of the Multiverse Saga’s main face. Majors’ firing comes at a time when the MCU was already seeing an increasing wave of criticism due to recent projects failing to meet expectations. While the MCU was not seeing the same success it found during the Infinity Saga, Majors’ performance as the different Kang variants was a constant source of praise, leading to the MCU’s best TV show and more. Now, Marvel Studios will have to make major changes to the MCU to move forward without Majors as Kang.

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10 The MCU Will Need A New Kang (Or To Replace The Villain Entirely)

Kang the Conqueror fighting Scott Lang at the end of Ant-Man 3

With Majors being fired from the franchise, Marvel finds itself with two main options of how to move forward: recast Kang or replace the character with another villain. While a recent rumor claimed that Marvel had considered replacing Kang with Doctor Doom after Majors’ initial arrest, given how much the Multiverse Saga depends on Kang and his variants, recasting the character seems like the most likely option. Some actors that could replace Majors as Kang have already become popular among MCU fans, with Star Wars‘ John Boyega and Denzel Washington rising among the favorites if Marvel decides to stick to its initial plans for Kang with only an actor change.

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9 The Multiverse Saga Will Need To Change Its Story

Majors’ Firing Requires Story Tweaks At The Very Least

Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania Kang demonstrates the multiverse

Marvel’s Multiverse Saga has been building up the anticipation for Majors’ Kang to bring a full-on Multiversal War to the MCU. Without Majors in the role, the MCU will need to reevaluate its story for the Multiverse Saga. If Marvel chooses to replace Kang with another villain to prevent any recast comparisons to Majors, then the MCU’s plans for the Multiverse Saga would need to change drastically. Even if Marvel chooses to recast Kang, the Multiverse Saga’s story will need to be tweaked, at least, as a new actor will not be emulating what Majors did as the Kang variants but will put their own spin on them.

8 The MCU Will Need To Avoid Repeating Its Kang Complications

Majors Was Central To The Multiverse Saga

Kang (Jonathan Majors) scowls in Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania

Marvel made the risky decision to have an entire saga resting on the shoulders of just one person. The reveal of the Council of Kangs in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania showed how much Marvel believed in Majors, as the actor was the face behind pretty much all Kang variants onscreen. Whether Kang is recast or not, Marvel needs to take the lesson from what happened with Majors and make sure that no other actor has as much riding on them moving forward. Actors will now likely play a couple of variants at best, with no other actor playing several variants of themselves that are integral to the Multiverse Saga.

7 The Criticism About The MCU Feeling Directionless Will Grow Stronger

The MCU Has Received A Lot Of Criticism Lately

The original Avengers standing in a circle in the iconic team shot from 2012's The Avengers

Contrary to the Infinity Saga, Marvel’s Avengers movies still have to return in the Multiverse Saga. The MCU has received criticism in the last couple of years for feeling directionless, with few interactions between characters, heroes going missing for years, and no clear project to tie it all together. Majors’ role as Kang the Conqueror and as the face of the Council of Kangs would play a major role in Phase 6’s Avengers movies; however, the actor’s firing kills all the momentum of the MCU’s Kang storyline that had been set up across movies and series, making the universe feel even more directionless than it had lately.

6 If The Character Is Dropped, Kang The Conqueror Will Become A Joke

Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania Is Not The Perfect Kang Finale

Ant-Man and the Wasp watching as Kang dies and Jonathan Majors looking menacing as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Marvel might choose to replace Kang with another villain, and if that ends up happening, a formidable foe would be turned into a joke. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania introduced the MCU’s Kang the Conqueror, with Majors making the villain threatening. However, at the end of the movie, Kang is seemingly killed by Ant-Man and the Wasp. While the character was always expected to return, as that would have been too easy a death, Majors’ firing might make Kang’s fate permanent, and the idea of having the character who was supposed to be the follow-up to Thanos die after losing to ants in an ill-received MCU movie is awful.

5 The Multiverse Saga Will Have A Hard Time Topping The Infinity Saga

The MCU Has Been Lacking For Some Time

The MCU’s Infinity Saga succeeded primarily based on two factors — hero interactions and the setup for Thanos. Heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and more would appear constantly during the Infinity Saga, either leading their own movies, in team-up films or playing supporting roles/ making cameos in other heroes’ projects. The Multiverse Saga follows a different path, with few interactions between heroes, characters going missing for years, and cameos going nowhere. The slow setup for Thanos and the Infinity Stones was at least repeated with Kang; however, Majors’ firing makes all of it rather pointless.

4 Doctor Doom’s Debut Might Have To Be Accelerated

Marvel Reportedly Considered Replacing Kang With Doom Already

Before Marvel fired Majors, a report claimed that the studio had considered replacing Kang with Doctor Doom due to the actor’s initial arrest. Now, the MCU can move on without Majors by ditching Kang the Conqueror in favor of making Doom the new main villain of the Multiverse Saga. The character has major ties to the comic book event that inspires 2027’s Avengers: Secret Wars, making him the perfect threat for the film. While few details are available about Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie, Doom is rumored to not be in the film. With Majors out as Kang, Doctor Doom’s debut might be fast-tracked.

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3 The Multiverse Saga’s Variant Story Will Lose Its Edge

Majors Brought A Unique Factor To The Kang Variants

Victor Timely and Kang the Conqueror against backdrop of the Sacred Timeline

Majors’ versatility as multiple Kang variants was exciting, with the actor making every new version of the character that popped up feel like a completely different person. The Multiverse Saga’s variant story revolved around all versions of Kang looking like Majors, different from characters like Loki and Spider-Man, which made it easy to spot when Kang variants were in play. Following what happened with Majors, the MCU is unlikely to have the Multiverse Saga riding on the shoulders of a single actor again, possibly casting multiple actors to play different Kang variants if the Conqueror remains as a villain, which would change the Multiverse Saga’s variant story completely.

2 The Council Of Kangs Will Have To Be Drastically Changed If It’s Brought Back

The Multiversal Team Was Introduced In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

The Council of Kangs in full costume at the end of Ant-Man 3

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s first post-credits scene introduced the Council of Kangs, a multiversal team of Kang variants. The Council of Kangs will presumably be the threat that leads to the new Avengers assembling in 2026’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. After Majors’ firing, the MCU has a big problem regarding its plans for the villain team, as Majors was the face of all the Council of Kangs’ variants. If the team were to continue in Marvel’s plans, it is likely that multiple actors would appear as variants, such as Immortus, Scarlet Centurion, and Rama-Tut.

1 Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Will Reportedly Be Retitled

Majors’ Firing Might Completely Change The Next Avengers Movie

Following Majors’ firing, THR has reported that Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is being referred to now as just Avengers 5 by Marvel. If Avengers: The Kang Dynasty‘s reported title change turns out to be accurate, then it seems like Marvel might be ditching Kang the Conqueror altogether. Avengers: Secret Wars writer Michael Waldron was recently brought in to rewrite Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which, coupled with Majors’ firing, hints at major changes. The actor’s firing would then have major repercussions for the MCU’s future, as there is a lot of excitement to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe handles its new Avengers team, and now there is added pressure.

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