Jonathan Majors is undoubtedly one of the most promising rising stars, but his recent personal troubles have raised doubts about his continued involvement in the MCU as Kang the Conqueror. Consequently, a new rumor now suggests that Marvel Studios has a contingency plan in place should they need to recast the character.
Just weeks ago, Jonathan Majors was arrested on charges of domestic assault, and while his accuser has since retracted her allegations, the incident has already tarnished his image. The Direct recently reported that during The Hot Mic podcast, Marvel insider Jeff Sneider disclosed that Marvel Studios is aware of the type of actor who could potentially replace Majors.
Here’s one I wanted to talk about… Did you see who got cast in that Brad Pitt racing movie? … Damson Idris… I think he’s from Snowfall. And so that’s like a big part, right? That is the young, hotshot racer opposite Brad Pitt in this $150-200 million racing movie. That was a big deal that he got that.
Even though there hasn’t been any movement on the Jonathan Majors front, I’ve heard that’s the kind of actor, who, like, if Jonathan Majors got the boot as Kang, someone like Damson Idris is the type of the person that [Marvel] may look at to replace him if that, in fact, happens.
Fans of FX's crime drama series Snowfall will easily recognize the name Damson Idris, who plays the role of Franklin Saint, an ambitious drug kingpin during the notorious crack epidemic era of the 1980s. The 31-year-old actor is now set to star alongside Brad Pitt in Apple's upcoming Formula One film.
Although it's still too early to make a verdict on Jonathan Major's longevity in the MCU, it certainly makes sense for Marvel Studios to explore other casting alternatives, considering Kang's significance in MCU's Phase 5 and 6. The multiverse villain first appeared in the Disney+ series Loki, before returning as the primary antagonist in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Despite the United States Army having already discontinued airing recruitment commercials featuring Majors, Marvel Studios will approach the matter with prudence and avoid making hasty decisions, unlike Disney's actions in regards to Johnny Depp.
In 2018, Disney fired Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise within four days of his ex-wife Amber Heard publishing a manifesto alleging domestic violence. However, Depp was later acquitted of the accusations as the court found Heard guilty of defamation.
Whether this rumor is true remains to be seen, but until then, we can expect Majors to reprise his role in Loki Season 2 later this year, before his solo film, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, arrives in 2025.