After Josh Brolin’s Thanos, Marvel Studios was ready to go all in on Jonathan Majors with his Kang the Conqueror, having him appear in several projects from Loki to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Majors was set to be the main villain of the fifth Avengers film, but it looks like that won’t be the case.
According to THR, Majors has been found guilty of reckless assault of the third degree and harassment by a six-person jury after four hours of deliberation over three days. Majors is set to be sentenced in February, and the charges filed against him could get him up to a year in prison.
Shortly after the verdict, Marvel Studios then announced that they would be dropping Majors as Kang the Conqueror in their franchise. We don’t know what direction they are going to go moving forward, but some are hoping they do a recast in order not to waste all the build-up that’s been laid down for Kang. There is also a rumor going around that they could be pivoting to another villain, as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is now being referred to officially as Avengers 5.
It certainly is a shame that Marvel has to make some tough decisions right now, but I think it will be for the best. If I’m being honest, the only Kang variants who I think are interesting are the main Kang in Quantumania and Loki Season 2’s revamp on He Who Remains. The rest of the Kangs, from the council to Victor Timely all feel like silly improv if you ask me.
Hopefully Marvel announces their decision with Kang soon. In the meantime, you can catch Majors’ final moments in the MCU in Loki now streaming on Disney+.