Following the guilty verdict, it is confirmed Jonathan Majors has been fired by Marvel and he won’t be playing Kang in the MCU going forward.
Deadline confirms: “Jonathan Majors Fired By Disney/Marvel Studios After Assault Guilty Verdicts; Actor Had Played Kang The Conqueror” – The site says, “A studio rep confirmed the news about their decision to not move forward with Majors in the MCU.”
THR also confirms: “Marvel Drops Jonathan Majors After Assault, Harassment Verdict”
Update: THR’s report also says Avengers 5 is the new title suggesting Avengers 5 has replaced Kang Dynasty.
Variety confirms: “Marvel Studios Drops Jonathan Majors Following Guilty Verdict for Harassment and Assault”
The news follows the jury in the Jonathan Majors trial reaching a verdict as the Marvel actor has been found guilty on two of the four counts of assault and harassment.
The actor faces up to a year in jail and sentencing has been set for February 6.
What do the rumors say?
Reports and rumors have offered that Marvel is moving away from Jonathan Majors as Kang not only due to the actor’s legal troubles but also the failure of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania at the box office.
It’s been said Marvel might move to using Doctor Doom instead of Kang the Conqueror.
So with Marvel said to be moving away from using Majors as the bad guy, it is speculated and rumored that The Avengers: The Kang Dynasty has been canceled.
At the same time, it is said Marvel is contemplating whether or not to recast.
“Executives discussed backup plans, including pivoting to another comic book adversary, like Dr. Doom,” stated a previous report by Variety about the crisis at Marvel. “A studio source notes that regardless of the actor’s legal issues, Marvel already had considered moving away from a Majors-led phase because of the box office performance of Quantumania, which will struggle to make a profit. ‘It gave people pause given that ‘Quantumania’ didn’t exactly land,’ the source says.”
It has been announced the Avengers: Secret Wars writer is now writing Kang Dynasty, but again, with the news that Majors is out, it’s fueling the speculation Kang Dynasty is canceled in favor of Secret Wars Part 1 and Part 2.