Marvel seems poised to shift its focus away from Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, the established multiversal threat in February’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Despite having a future Marvel film titled “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” centered around him, it appears that Kang’s days of conquest may be coming to an end.
Reports suggest that screenwriter Jeff Loveness, who was attached to “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” is no longer part of the project or working for Marvel. The news comes from Joanna Robinson, co-author of “MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios,” who revealed on the House of R podcast, “I had it confirmed to me [Loveness] is no longer working for Marvel. I asked the person why, and they said the reason why is he was all wrapped up in this Kang storyline and they are likely going to be moving away from that.”
Kang was being positioned as a formidable ‘big bad,’ even more powerful than Thanos, with the ability to manipulate time and lead an army of Kang variants. Despite Kang’s prominent role as the antagonist in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and appearances in both seasons of the Disney+ series “Loki,” Majors’ involvement in future Marvel projects like “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” is now uncertain, according to Robinson’s podcast statements.
Complicating matters is Jonathan Majors’ domestic violence charges. A Variety report from November 1 states, “The actor insists he is the victim, but the damage to his reputation and the chance he could lose the case has forced Marvel to reconsider its plans to center the next phase of its interlocking slate of sequels, spinoffs, and series around Majors’ villainous character, Kang the Conqueror.”