The Future of the MCU: What’s Next after Jonathan Majors’ Exit from Marvel Studios?

2023-12-19 18:53:35

Yesterday it was confirmed that the actor Jonathan Majors was fired from Marvel Studios after being found guilty of reckless assault in the third degree and harassment, as well as intentional assault in the third degree and aggravated harassment in the second degree, against his ex-partner.

Given this, many fans wondered what lies ahead for the Marvel Cinematic Universe where Majors played Kang, the main villain of the current phase of the superhero film franchise.

Therefore, Marvel now faces an uncertain future. Especially with its announced Avengers 5, which was titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The film was scheduled for April 30, 2026, so they will have to move quickly to continue its development.

A new big villain?

Most rumors suggest that Marvel is considering directly dispensing with Kang’s character. After the end of season 2 of Loki, the multiversal plot has taken a new direction and the announced war against Kangs’ army no longer has to happen.

In fact, numerous sources suggest that the film is no longer called The Kang Dynasty, confirming this paradigm shift.

This information coincides with what was published by ‘insider’ Jeff Snyder, who states that Marvel had already decided to get rid of Kang, regardless of the verdict in the Majors trial.

The idea now is to do the same as with Avengers 3 and 4 (Infinity War and Endgame), that is, convert the next two films of the meeting of Marvel heroes into a single cinematographic event divided into two installments.

In this way, Avengers 5 could become Secret Wars Part 1, with the current Avengers 6: Secret Wars becoming Part 2.

“Secret Wars is basically shaping up to be a big five-hour movie with a one-year intermission,” the source suggests.

The screenwriter of Loki and Doctor Strange 2, Michael Waldron, was recently hired to write the new script for Avengers 5. Therefore, he could be in charge of finding the new path for the MCU.

A path that in recent months has pointed to Doctor Doom. The villain, one of Marvel’s most iconic in the comics, has yet to appear in the franchise.

But in the vignettes he is one of the main antagonists of Secret Wars, so it would not be surprising if he took over from Kang in the Multiverse Saga and established himself as the new great threat of the MCU.

The other alternative: replace the actor

The other alternative that Marvel can follow is to keep Kang as its villain and find a new actor to play him.

The studio has already carried out this move in the past with some characters. Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as War Machine. And in the upcoming Thunderbolts, Harrison Ford will take over from the late William Hurt as General Thunderbolt Ross.

Therefore, it is possible that the company chooses to find a new actor like Kang, something that would be especially easy to justify on a narrative level.

In Loki it was established that multiversal variants of the same character can have very different aspects and do not necessarily have to be played by the same person. This is the case, without going any further, of the Spider-man of Toey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland.

Insider Daniel Richtman points out in his Patreon profile that Marvel’s intention was to continue with Majors as Kang in case he was found innocent.

Therefore, if the plan is to have the character in the future, the logical thing would be to opt for the recast. The insider also mentions that Doctor Doom has never been a real option to replace the Conqueror.

In any case, the character would only serve as a secondary villain in Avengers 5 and 6.

At the moment, Marvel has not officially revealed its plans. Fans will have to wait patiently until they know what the roadmap to follow in the MCU will be for the outcome of the Multiverse Saga. Avengers 5 and 6, whatever their final titles, will arrive on April 30, 2026 and May 7, 2027.

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