Summary

  • Marvel plans to move forward with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty despite dropping Jonathan Majors after his assault and harassment conviction.
  • Before the trial verdict, changes were made behind the scenes, including removing the director and bringing in a new screenwriter.
  • Marvel may recast the role of Kang and is reportedly considering a major creative overhaul due to the failure of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.


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In the hours after being convicted of assault and harassment, Kang actor Jonathan Majors was dropped by Marvel, but the studio reportedly plans on moving forward with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Majors officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang in Loki season 1, in which he played the variant He Who Remains. The actor went on to play a different variant, Kang the Conqueror, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, before reprising his role as He Who Remains and playing another Kang character Victor Timely in Loki season 2. However, after being found guilty on two misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault, Majors has been dropped from the MCU, though Marvel may be continuing with Kang.

According to THR, Marvel “intends to move forward with” Avengers: The Kang Dynasty following the studio parting ways with Majors. There have been changes behind the scenes on the fifth Avengers movie dating back before Majors’ trial started on Nov. 29. In mid-November, Marvel Studios removed previously announced director Destin Daniel Cretton from The Kang Dynasty, but he remained on board other projects such as the Wonder Man TV show. More recently, Marvel brought in Loki creator and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness screenwriter Michael Waldron to rewrite Avengers 5.

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What’s Going On With Avengers: The Kang Dynasty?

How Can Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Move Forward Without Jonanthan Majors?

Given the moves Marvel has made behind the scenes of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty by removing its director and bringing in a new screenwriter, it’s likely the studio has been planning a major creative overhaul for some time. It’s possible Marvel Studios is planning to recast the role of Kang, and Waldron – who oversaw the expansion of the multiverse in the MCU – would be the perfect person to provide an in-universe explanation. In fact, Loki season 1 already established that variants can look different across the multiverse, so Marvel could easily recast Majors as Kang and proceed as they had planned.

However, there’s another problem Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is facing beyond Marvel’s parting of ways with Majors, and that’s the failure of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The MCU Phase 5 launchpad bombed at the box office after receiving mixed reviews from critics. Then, it was reported this fall that Marvel Studios was considering pivoting the Multiverse Saga’s story away from Kang. Since the movie that was meant to be the villain’s big-screen debut flopped, it didn’t offer much hope he could reach a Thanos-level threat worthy of assembling the Avengers. If Marvel does move away from Kang entirely, The Kang Dynasty might be getting a larger overhaul than just a recast of its main villain.

It remains to be seen what becomes of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The movie isn’t slated for release until May 2025, but with Marvel eying a production start in early 2024, the studio will need to decide how to adjust their plans sooner rather than later. Of course, Marvel could delay Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, but with there already being six years between Avengers movies – the longest since the first released in 2012 – the MCU risks ignoring their biggest franchise for too long. For now, Marvel may be moving forward with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, but what exactly they plan to do with the movie remains unclear.

Source: THR

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