10 Marvel Villains Who Could Replace Kang as the Multiverse Saga’s Big Bad- Armessa Movie News

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The rollercoaster ride that is Marvel‘s Multiverse Saga keeps on turning. For, although it looked like the MCU was sticking by Jonathan Majors given his integral role in Loki season 2, it now appears his days as Kang the Conqueror are numbered.

According to a startling Variety report, Marvel execs and creatives recently hotly debated what to do with Majors and Kang at the studio’s annual Palm Springs retreat. Interestingly, despite fans assuming the most likely outcome would be the character getting recast, Marvel is known to be debating removing Kang as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad period and switching him out for a different villain.

If that is the road the studio decides to go down, luckily for Marvel, this universe isn’t short of iconic and/or powerful bad guys to pick from as Kang’s replacement. Here’s a few of the most compelling options.

Doctor Doom

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Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. As has naturally got fans talking, Variety confirmed that one of the characters Marvel is considering replacing Kang with is none other than the Fantastic Four’s eternal nemesis, the ruler of Latveria himself, Victor Von Doom. After Fox managed to screw him up twice over, the MCU certainly needs to do Doom justice at long last, and yes, casting him as the all-important chief threat of the Multiverse Saga would be one way to do that. Of course, there’s even comic book precedence for this, given that Victor is the big bad of 2015’s Secret Wars event, in his God Emperor Doom form.

The Beyonder

The Beyonder, Secret Wars villain
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The big bad of 1984’s original Secret Wars event, meanwhile, is the Beyonder. With everything pointing to Avengers: Secret Wars being a soft reboot of the MCU, it’s likely the movie will borrow from the 2015 storyline (which likewise hit the reset button of continuity) more than the ’84 version. Still, the Beyonder would still easily slip into the MCU’s mythos, given that it’s been introducing more and more cosmic entities of late (e.g. the Watcher and Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Eternity). We even just got a — highly camp and comedic — adaptation of the Beyonder in Disney’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon.

Strange Supreme

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Marvel has developed a bit of an obsession with Dark Doctor Stranges, with the very similar but distinct variants Strange Supreme and Sinister Strange appearing in What If…? and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, respectively. In the latter, we discovered that every Strange across reality is destined to break bad except for the 616 model. Giving Benedict Cumberbatch a pay rise and asking him to step into Majors’ shoes as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad would be a simple way of fixing the Kang problem by making use of pre-established continuity. Alternatively, how about Charlize Theron’s Clea turning out to be the bad’un?

Apocalypse

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OK, so if Marvel is tempted to use a Fantastic Four villain that Fox failed to adapt properly as a Kang replacement, then why couldn’t they do the same with an X-Men villain? One who’s certainly powerful enough to pose a widespread thread is Apocalypse — you don’t get a name like that by being a mere nuisance. As tempting as it would be to have Oscar Isaac pull double duty as Moon Knight and En-Sabah-Nur, an all-new variant of Apocalypse, to distance him from the Fox version, would definitely be the way to go if the ancient mutant did rise up to steal Kang’s spotlight.

Annihilus

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It’s easy to mix up Annihilus with Apocalypse for those not too familiar with the comics characters, due to their similar names and character designs, but actually Annihilus has a lot in common with the MCU’s Kang, which could make him a neat choice to fill his boots. Like Kang is the ruler of the Quantum Realm, Annihilus is the ruler of the Negative Zone and craves total domination of the universe. They even both have a thing for purple and green! Marvel could easily retcon him as a Kang variant, perhaps the deadliest of them all, and set him loose on the Avengers in Avengers: Kang Dynasty Annihilation.

Ultron

Infinity Ultron wields the Infinity Stones in What If...?
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Again, What If…? really could hold the secret to rescuing the Multiverse Saga, thanks to its various multiversal plotlines. We’ve already met Infinity Ultron, a variant of the android who was far more ambitious than Thanos in wielding the Infinity Stones. Get James Spader back, bring him into live-action and, boom, job done — a powerful villain who would hark back to the nostalgia of the MCU’s first two phases. He’d be especially deadly if Miss Minutes ever evolved into Jocasta, the Bride of Ultron, as Loki season 2 has suggested could happen.

Ravonna Renslayer

Photo montage of promotional images from Marvel Studios' 'Loki' and a panel from a Marvel Comics' issue where Kang the Conqueror and Ravonna Renslayer can be seen locking lips.
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Speaking of Loki season 2, maybe we’re thinking too hard about this when a totally creditable choice to replace Kang as big bad has already been threaded into the Multiverse Saga’s narrative. In Loki, we’ve learned that Ravonna Renslayer was once Kang’s partner in war, multiverse conquest, and love, until he wiped her memories and trapped her in a TVA desk job. She’s now more furious, vengeful, and power-hungry than ever. Given we’re told she was instrumental in winning the Multiverse War for He Who Remains, she should theoretically be a challenge for the Avengers to beat.

High Evolutionary

The High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
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Thinking along similar lines, who else is there already knocking around the Multiverse Saga who could easily step up in Kang’s stead? Well, how about the villain of Phase Five’s most acclaimed movie so far, the High Evolutionary? James Gunn has confirmed that the evil scientist is still alive at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Seeing how obsessed he was with playing God in the threequel, imagine how much more dangerous the High Evolutionary would get if he discovered the multiverse and teamed up with his variants to make himself ruler of all reality?

Mephisto

Mephisto
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Weirdly enough, it feels like the shadow of Mephisto has been hanging over the Multiverse Saga as much as Kang, even though he has yet to appear on screen. Starting with WandaVision, folks have been convinced Marvel’s answer to the devil can’t be far away. And it is heavily rumored that Sacha Baron Cohen’s mystery character in Ironheart could be the horned hell lord himself. It would be a seriously impressive example of the power of fandom if everyone’s hunger for the character resulted in Mephisto becoming the big bad of the whole saga.

Thanos

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No, I’m serious. Hear me out…

We know Marvel’s desperate to recapture the glory days of the Infinity Saga, yes? It’s even tempted to bring back Robert Downey Jr. and the other OG Avengers. But let’s extend that line of thinking for a moment and ponder the question… What if Thanos replaced Kang as big bad? Either bring in an even deadlier variant or reveal that he never actually died when Iron Man dusted him, as has been heavily theorized.

There’s a reason Star Wars keeps coming back to Darth Vader over and over. Try as Lucasfilm might, he’s impossible to top. Likewise, Thanos is Marvel’s greatest villain and it’s not going to be able to recapture the impact he made on audiences and pop culture alike. So maybe it’s time to stop fighting that and embrace it.

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Doctor Doom Floated as Kang Replacement (Report) – IndieWire – Armessa Movie News

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Marvel has allegedly contemplated replacing Jonathan Majors‘ Kang character with a new villain, pivoting to the comics baddie Dr. Doom, according to a new report.

The detail, which was reportedly floated at Marvel’s annual retreat in Palm Springs back in September amid Majors’ ongoing legal woes, is just one among a larger investigation by Variety that alleges other recent challenges and disarray at Marvel Studios despite the studio’s history of box office dominance.

Representatives for Marvel and Disney did not immediately respond to IndieWire’s request for comment.

In the case of Majors, Variety’s report says that recasting Majors is an option. The actor’s bid to have his case dismissed was rejected, meaning he will stand trial later in November. Complicating the issue of whether to recast the character or replace Kang as the villain is the finale of the second season of “Loki” that airs on Nov. 9. Variety quotes a top dealmaker who says Marvel is “truly fucked with the whole Kang angle” based on how the series concludes, and that the writers strike has prevented the studio from rewriting until recently.

A group of five people stand around a reception-style desk; still from "Loki" Season 2

But issues extend beyond Majors. The report says at least one single episode of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” cost as much as $25 million to produce, which rivals epics such as “Game of Thrones,” and that visual effects improvements were added into the show after it and other MCU series had already begun streaming on Disney+.

The “She-Hulk” detail adds a new layer to the drama surrounding the exit of longtime post-production executive Victoria Alonso, who was let go from Marvel after violating the company’s policy on promotion for her Oscar-nominated passion project “Argentina, 1985” for a rival studio. The report claims “She-Hulk” had other script challenges that needed to be fixed in the editing room, resulting in the added strain on the VFX team. Frustration over Marvel’s VFX pipeline challenges have been well-documented, and it led to the formation of an unprecedented labor union for VFX workers. Marvel is already in the works on overhauling its TV development process, including adding more traditional showrunners and pilots as a means of quality control.

Next on the slate for Marvel is “The Marvels,” featuring the return of Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” character. Variety’s report says Marvel took the rare step of hosting a test screening with fans that underperformed, and that the movie also underwent costly reshoots. It claims director Nia DaCosta began prep on her next film “Hedda” starring Tessa Thompson while “The Marvels” was still in post-production. “The Marvels” cost a reported $250 million to make, and it is currently tracking to a domestic opening between $75-80 million.

Other speculation in the report includes the fate of “Blade” starring Mahershala Ali, which has gone through numerous writers and was shut down because of the writers strike weeks before production was slated to begin. One version of the script reportedly saw Ali’s character relegated to the fourth lead behind several female characters, with the story being heavy on life lessons. The film is now slated for a February 2025 release, and the report cites speculation from around town that it could now be produced for as little as $100 million, which would be a dramatic change of pace for Marvel in terms of budget.

The piece concludes by saying that the studio has considered reviving the original “Avengers” characters, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, but that it has not committed to such a plan. Instead, with the writers strike concluded, the piece claims that the studio has begun talking with writers about how to bring the X-Men into the MCU fold, characters Marvel and Disney acquired from Fox in 2017.

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‘Loki’ Introduced Kang Better Than ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania’ – Armessa Movie News

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Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for Loki Season 2.Jonathan Majors‘ Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as He Who Remains in Loki Season 1 is so good, that it actually works to the detriment of his second and more essential character, Kang the Conqueror. Frankly, Phase 5 of the MCU has frankly gotten off to a bit of a weird start with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023). While not the worst superhero film ever made, the third film in the Ant-Man series feels like it’s trying to do way too much while accomplishing very little. All at once, it’s trying to be a straightforward movie about Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and his family, trying to introduce a new facet of the MCU with the Quantum Realm, and introduce the franchise’s next big bad. That last goal is undoubtedly the most important to achieve, and thankfully the film gets close to accomplishing it thanks to another fantastic performance from Jonathan Majors as Kang.


We say “another” because Marvel fans with Disney+ will know that we’ve seen Majors in the MCU before, with his Marvel acting debut officially occurring in the season finale of Loki. There, Majors successfully brought to life the show’s shadowy main antagonist, He Who Remains, a variant of Kang who created the Time Variance Authority and the so-called “Sacred Timeline.” Even though we only got about 30 minutes with the character before meeting his demise at the hands of Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), He Who Remains made a lasting impact, and it’s ultimately because of him that the MCU is at serious risk of entering a Kang Dynasty. It’s a scary thought, but there’s a pretty big problem after watching Loki Season 2 — He Who Remains is about ten times more interesting than Kang is right now.


He Who Remains Is Clear About His Intentions in ‘Loki’

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For being a villain who has been to multiple dimensions, Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania feels largely one-dimensional. The issue here isn’t Jonathan Majors’s performance, as, again, his performances so far in the MCU have been absolutely stellar. The issue is the characterization, as right now, the next big bad for the MCU feels quite generic and boring. So far, Kang is just another would-be megalomaniac who wants complete and total control of the world. Maybe the only unique difference is that Kang wants control of all universes instead of one, but that’s not exactly new either, since that’s the same end goal that we saw with Infinity Ultron (Ross Marquand) in What If…?.

He Who Remains is another story entirely. Not only is his reasoning for why he’s doing what he’s doing much more clear and concise, it still comes across as unique and engaging. Essentially, in a massive multiversal war between thousands of variants of himself, He Who Remains came out on top as the victor. His first order of business as supreme lord of the multiverse? Remove the concept of the multiverse entirely. Instead, He Who Remains opted to make a singular, perfect timeline. One that he had full control over and didn’t risk the possibility of creating more variants to cause mayhem on the rest of the cosmos.

This was the duty of He Who Remains for eons, but once Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie arrive at his doorstep, he decides it’s time for a change. As he frankly puts it, He Who Remains is tired of monitoring the multiverse and thinks it’s time for someone new to take over. Two versions of the God of Mischief hardly seem like the ideal candidates for stewardship of the universe, but at this point, He Who Remains doesn’t really care. He just gives them the information and gives them two choices: either they just take over the Sacred Timeline and rule over the TVA, or they kill him and unleash the dangers of the multiverse and all of his deadliest variants.

Kang Ranks With Forgettable Villains Like Ronan and Kaecilius

Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains in Loki Season 1 finale
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Some of the most forgettable villains in the MCU’s rogues gallery are the ones that are just evil for evil’s sake. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), all villains that are just generic and disposable evildoers. Kang, unfortunately, falls into a lot of the same pitfalls of those predecessors, with his entire personality revolving around the ole “I’m just stoic and evil” trope. All in all, he just feels like every other bad guy we’ve seen in Marvel’s plethora of stories.

The personality of He Who Remains could not be more different from his more notorious variant. When Loki and Sylvie meet him, he seems like a happy-go-lucky, fairly normal human being. As the two Lokis point out, He Who Remains appears to be “just a man,” as he happily chomps on his green apple while nonchalantly explaining how the TVA and the multiverse work and how he came to be in control of it. Eventually, that nonchalant nature of He Who Remains comes across as more manic than anything else. He may be a lot of things, but he’s no liar, so when he tells the two anti-heroes that once he dies, the floodgates of a billion Kangs will return to the multiverse, it instantly sends shivers down Loki’s spine.

MODOK Doesn’t Make Sense As Kang’s Henchmen in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’

Alioth in Loki Episode 5
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It sucks to say this, as Corey Stoll‘s return as MODOK is a big highlight in Quantumania, but his appearance in the story doesn’t make much sense. Why on Earth would Kang look at a barely alive mutant and think “Yeah, super-assassin”? As great and as funny as MODOK is in the film, he isn’t nearly a major threat. Alioth, on the other hand, is. The smoke-like being seen towards the end of Loki Season 1 has spent eternity feeding on the various variants at the end of time itself, and He Who Remains sheds even more light on why Alioth is so important. The beast is exactly what He Who Remains used to win the multiversal war between his variants, showing that even beings as powerful as them have a weakness. If what he’s saying is true, Alioth could be a major plot point in ending the Kang Dynasty. Meanwhile, MODOK is over there making jokes in the afterlife since he was killed off far too soon.

RELATED: What Is the Temporal Loom in ‘Loki’ Season 2?

Rama-Tut, Immortus, and Scarlet Centurion Are Already More Interesting Than Kang

Jonathan Majors as Rama Tut, Immortus, and Scarlet Centurion in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania's post-credit scene
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True to He Who Remains’ word, Kang was not the only variant to return to the multiverse. As the first post-credits scene of Quantumania shows, Rama-Tut, Immortus, Scarlet Centurion, and thousands of other variants are ready to cause chaos, each one with their own different and distinct personalities and motivations. We get to see Majors shine once again as he plays a variety of different characters in wholly different ways, which once again works to Kang’s detriment. These fantastical versions are so bizarre that the prospect of seeing them again is far more fascinating as of now than the inevitable return of the blue butcher of the cosmos that is Kang the Conqueror.

The Big Picture

  • Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania lacks depth compared to He Who Remains in Loki, making him a generic and boring villain with vague motivations.
  • He Who Remains’ clear and concise reasoning for eliminating the multiverse and establishing a perfect timeline is more engaging and unique, making him a scarier character despite his lighter persona.
  • Alioth, the smoke-like being, is a major threat and a better henchman than MODOK, as revealed by He Who Remains, while Kang’s other variants show more potential for interesting storylines than Kang himself.

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Is Jonathan Majors’ Kang In Loki Season 2? – Armessa Movie News

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WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Loki season 2, episode 1


Summary

  • Jonathan Majors will reprise his role as Kang variant Victor Timely in Loki season 2, as shown in the trailer.
  • Majors’ 2023 arrest did not affect his role in Loki season 2, as filming had already wrapped.
  • It is unclear exactly which episode Majors will appear in, but it is unlikely to be the season 2 finale since he was shown in the trailers.

After he was introduced in season 1 and set up to become the next main villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences may be wondering if Jonathan Majors’ Kang is in Loki season 2. Majors joined the MCU in the Loki season 1 finale as the Kang variant He Who Remains, a version of Nathaniel Richards who had defeated all others and kept them at bay by creating the sacred timeline. Although Sylvie ended up killing He Who Remains and setting the multiverse loose, Marvel had made it clear that it wouldn’t be the last viewers saw of Kang.

Since then, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania introduced another variant, Kang the Conqueror, who was the main villain to Scott Lang and his family. Though that particular iteration of Kang was defeated by Ant-Man, the Quantumania post-credits scenes established there were innumerable other Kangs from across the multiverse. The second of the scenes also revealed a new version of Majors’ Kang would be in Loki season 2, but now that the first episode has aired and he was nowhere to be seen, there might be some confusion over whether the villain will appear.

Jonathan Majors Plays Kang Variant Victor Timely In Loki Season 2

As seen in the Loki season 2 trailer, Majors will reprise his role as Kang variant Victor Timely in the show after appearing in the Quantumania credits scene. Little is known about the MCU’s version of Victor Timely, since all that’s been revealed is that he’s an inventor/scientist of some kind working with time theory. In the Marvel Comics, Victor Timely is a persona adopted by Nathaniel Richards after he time travels from the future to the past.

Jonathan Majors’ Arrest Didn’t Affect His Loki Season 2 Role

Tom Hiddleston, Jonathan Majors and Sophia di Martino as Loki, He Who Remains and Sylvie in Loki Season 1

A month following the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Majors was arrested March 25 in New York City on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment. Although a trial date has not been set as of publication, the allegations against the actor have sparked speculation about his future in the MCU. Marvel Studios hasn’t commented on the situation, but Loki executive producer Kevin Wright told Variety that Majors’ arrest didn’t affect season 2 because filming had wrapped in 2022.

Wright went on to explain there weren’t any discussions about changing Majors’ role in Loki season 2, saying, “No. And that mainly came from — I know as much as you do at the moment. It felt hasty to do anything without knowing how all of this plays out.” Given Wright’s comments, it seems Marvel is waiting to see the final verdict of Majors’ trial before deciding on his MCU future. Since the season was done before Majors’ arrest, the show wasn’t affected and Majors is still expected to appear in Loki season 2.

When Does Jonathan Majors Show Up In Loki Season 2?

Victor Timely with his machine in Loki season 2

It’s not known exactly which episode or episodes Majors will appear in during Loki season 2, but now that the premiere has aired, it’s confirmed he wasn’t in it. It’s unlikely Majors’ Victor Timely will be saved for the season 2 finale since he appeared in the trailer. After all, He Who Remains was hidden from all the Loki season 1 marketing, and he didn’t appear until the finale. Since Victor Timely is shown in the trailers, he’ll presumably appear earlier in the season, but exactly which episode of Loki season 2 remains to be seen.

Loki season 2 continues next Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9pm ET on Disney+.

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Marvel Delaying ‘The Kang Dynasty’ Gives It a Chance To Finally Unearth the Supervillain It’s Been Teasing for Years- Armessa Movie News

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There has been a massive shuffling around over at Disney lately, with films being delayed, brought forward, and even added to the giant media corporation’s roster. The announcements came on Sunday with these changes affecting Disney, Star Wars, and of course, Marvel too. One such change is that the next Avengers film, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, has been delayed by a year, and this could be a chance for one supervillain to really shine.

The Kang Dynasty, and the follow-up Avengers film, Secret Wars, have both been pushed back by a whole year thanks to the reorganization at Disney. Now, just as with all the other non-Marvel films that have also been moved around, such as the third Avatar film whose release slot went from December 2024 to December 2025, this move likely has nothing to do with the events surrounding Kang actor Jonathan Majors’, but it does give the studio more time to discuss options.

Marvel has been very tight-lipped on the actor’s future in the franchise, given it had taken a massive risk in hanging much of its current Multiverse Saga on his portrayal of Kang. Majors is set to make a return as another (or multiple) Kang variants in season two of Loki, but beyond that, we don’t know how he will continue in the MCU, especially if he is found guilty of domestic violence. By pushing back The Kang Dynasty, Marvel may have earned itself some time to see what happens with the current court case.

There are multiple options for Marvel; they could simply recast Kang and pretend the new actor is merely another variant, they could change him and not have any excuse, using the new actor for all variants as they have done with Kang so far, they could simply keep Majors in the role and face the backlash, or they could shake things up a bit and bring in a new big bad. The latter gives one Marvel supervillain the potential to stretch his demonic wings a little.

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Mephisto is a villain that many have wanted to see in the MCU for a long time. He has been teased repeatedly, going all the way back to the first Avengers film, where extremely eagle-eyed fans may have spotted his name under an image of the tesseract in a S.H.I.E.L.D. file. He was more prominently teased recently in WandaVision and the first season of Loki, with many getting super excited before realizing this was just a sleight of hand on Marvel’s part and, while hints were placed everywhere, the villain would not make an in-person (or in-demon) appearance. Some like to believe that Madisynn from She-Hulk could have had contact with the demon after she was sent stumbling through dimensions.

There are solid indications, though, that we will be introduced to the character in the upcoming Ironheart series, with many firmly believing Sacha Baron Cohen will take on the role. If you check out the show’s IMDb page, it lists the actor as Mephisto, but there has been no confirmation of this by Marvel, so IMDb may have jumped the gun here.

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Fans are also keen to see the character in Agatha: Coven of Chaos; given the witchy/sorcery element of the show, it would make it the perfect match for the mystical multi-dimension dweller. Again, Marvel has not said a word about whether this will be the case.

The devilish character is beloved by comics fans, many of whom have been begging to see him get adapted for the screen and brought into the grand scheme of the MCU. Given the amount of love the character already has, plus the hype already built up, he would make the ideal replacement as the big bad of the Multiverse Saga if the studio does decide to drop Majors and move away from Kang altogether.

However, this would be a massive headache for the studio that has been planning the next three years around the fact that Majors will play Kang. Who knows how many scripts would need to be rewritten and scenes reshot — heck, even the title, The Kang Dynasty, would need to be changed. This is probably unlikely to happen, though if they decide to scale back on Kang’s involvement with the following two phases, then it does leave a little more room to flesh out the character of Mephisto, something fans would undoubtedly be happy about.

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Laura Pollacco is Freelance Writer at We Got This Covered and has been deep diving into entertainment news for almost a full year. After graduating with a degree in Fashion Photography from Falmouth University, Laura moved to Japan, then back to England, and now back to Japan. She doesn’t watch as much anime as she would like but keeps up to date with all things Marvel and ‘Lord of the Rings’. She also writes about Japanese culture for various Tokyo-based publications.

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Kang Dynasty’ Pushed Back an Entire Year, Is Marvel Eyeing a Jonathan Majors Replacement?- Armessa Movie News

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The 2023 Writers Guild of America strike is finally impacting things over at Disney, where a slate of releases have seen their debut dates shuffled around.

It was inevitable, as the strike edges well into its second month, but Marvel fans were still surprised to see so many upcoming favorites delayed. The pushback of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty from 2025 to 2026 quickly pulled attention from many of its fellow Marvel offerings, as fans pondered if any underlying motivations were behind the flick’s significant delay. Most Marvel films only saw a postponement of a few months, so Kang Dynasty‘s far more significant gap can’t help but feel purposeful. Particularly when the controversy surrounding star Jonathan Majors is considered alongside the convenient timing ; it’s starting to feel as though there’s an underlying cause behind that 12-month shift.

That cause seems to be staring us in the face, and many fans would welcome Marvel finally taking the cue and seizing its opportunity to shift gears. While accusations against Majors have yet to be proven, the fandom turned against the actor soon after reports of assault arose. Many people would like to see the media behemoth sever ties with the established Kang actor, but doing so presents some pretty major hurdles.

See, films and shows are typically finished filming months ahead of their actual release dates. The process of completing a film continues far past the final take, and many of Majors’ upcoming Marvel appearances thus may have already been filmed. Even if they haven’t, the 33-year-old’s presence in the MCU’s future has already been well established. He is clearly and distinctly poised as the franchise’s next big-bad, and — after several years of laying breadcrumbs — the media giant can’t simply walk back on that decision.

Delaying Kang Dynasty by a year could be just the opportunity the franchise needs to rework Majors’ role in upcoming flicks, and perhaps pull the rug out from under expectant viewers. There are plenty of creative ways to do so, from revealing Kang as a red herring, to switching Majors out with a new actor, but all of them require time and care — something Marvel didn’t have until recently. While the writer’s strike is certainly a bad thing for many, it could actually serve as a boon for the MCU, which now has the time to ruminate on the glaring Majors issue and rectify it.

Think about the role Thanos played in the lead up to his major, scene-stealing entrance. Despite his status as the franchise’s biggest villain, and the many mentions he got ahead of his big debut, Thanos actually only appeared in a few minor moments ahead of Infinity War. He’s certainly mentioned a lot, in the wake of the Blip, but his overall screentime pales in comparison to a bulk of MCU favorites.

With this in mind, it might not be so big of a hurdle after all, replacing Majors. He’s already established as a major threat, thanks to releases like Quantumania and Loki, but his status isn’t irreversable. He could be replaced, with the relatively easy explanation of variants — a key element of his character — or he could simply get the boot with a full-blown replacement taking the position of Kang as the franchise’s next major baddie. As it turns out, Kang doesn’t actually have to be the next villain in the line-up. Particularly with a bit of extra time to ruminate on things, the MCU has plenty of options ahead of it, and only one of them carries the stain of Jonathan Majors.

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila carefully obsesses over all things geekdom and gaming, bringing her embarrassingly expansive expertise to the team at We Got This Covered. She is a Staff Writer and occasional Editor with a focus on comics, video games, and most importantly ‘Lord of the Rings,’ putting her Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin to good use. Her work has been featured alongside the greats at NPR, the Daily Dot, and Nautilus Magazine.

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