Kang the Conqueror Deserves Better Than the Marvel Mess With Jonathan Majors

Jonathan Majors may be out at Marvel, but Kang the Conqueror should survive, in one form or another.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3
Photo: Marvel Studios

This article contains light spoilers for Loki Season 2.

In the 31st century, the scientist known as Nathaniel Richards surveys the landscape around him and feels nothing but disgust. The son of the 20th century time traveler Nathaniel Richards and half-brother to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, Richards the younger knows that he’s bound for greatness. Yet, no one in the bland utopia of his generation can challenge him and give him the chance to prove his greatness. And so, Richards follows the example of his father and seeks power in the future and the past, building an army and taking a name befitting his destiny: Kang the Conqueror.

From his first appearance in 1964’s Avengers #8, Kang and his variants, most notably Immortus and Rama-Tut, have been major threats for the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and any number of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. He has been at the center of some of the greatest superhero stories of all time, including Avengers Forever and The Kang Dynasty. In other words, he was the perfect choice to make the jump to the MCU as the cinematic universe’s next big bad, and brought to life by up-and-coming actor Jonathan Majors, starting with Loki in 2021 as a reimagined He Who Remains.

Fast forward two years and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Marvel Studios will drop Majors as the MCU’s central villain following yesterday’s conviction on assault charges. It seems that Marvel chief Kevin Feige and his creative team will have to go back to the drawing board and find a new bid bad for its upcoming slate of films. But if there’s one thing decades of Kang stories have taught us, it’s that he never really goes away. He just returns in a different form.


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