Marvel Studios fired Jonathan Majors yesterday from his role as Kang; now the big question is who and which villain will replace him
For close to 48 hours now, the mainstream has been dominated by everything that is happening around Jonathan Majors and Marvel Studios’ decision to fire him from his role as Kang The Conqueror. While we saw this coming after the court announced the Creed lll star guilty, the sudden jolt of this news left everyone shocked. This now means that the studio will have to move ahead without Majors playing their big villain for the Multiverse Saga. And this has certainly raised a lot of questions in the minds of the fandom.
However, we are still not sure whether the studio is thinking of recasting Kang and bringing in another actor to play the Conqueror, or if they are planning to change the big villain completely, bringing in a new problem for our Avengers to fight. The rumour mill is churning over time and we have heard a whole lot of speculation already. A primary one says that the studio has scrapped Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and is now calling it Avengers 5.
Amid all these rumours, what if there is a different big villain that the studio is planning to introduce? So, today we list down seven villains who can replace Jonathan Majors’ Kang The Conqueror and be the multiversal threat that the Marvel Cinematic Universe deserves to progress and conclude the Multiverse Saga. Read on.
Let's start with the obvious. We have already heard a lot about how the studio might replace Kang with Doctor Doom and how the studio is also looking for actors to play him. The last name in the pool of many was Mads Mikkelsen but nothing came after it. However, mainly associated with the Fantastic Four, Doom is certainly a massive threat if he makes the cut. Not as massive as Kang’s, but he does possess some insane powers.
Beyonder is the closest alternative to Kang in the Marvel comics, if you look at it. He has the power to create, destroy, and alter universes, and that is some crazy level of threat to the Earth’s mightiest heroes. What is also a plus is that Beyonder plays a key role in the Secret Wars comics, on which Avengers: Secret Wars is based. He teleports all the superheroes to Battle World, aka The Void.
The High Evolutionary
No, High Evolutionary didn’t die at the end of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3. A deleted scene confirmed that Drax (Dave Bautista) carried him when they escaped his ship and he is imprisoned in Knowhere. At this point, out of the ones introduced, he is the most unapologetic villain with no arc for redemption because his deeds are beyond one. A villain we can fully hate and, in turn, root for those who will defeat him.
Evil Doctor Strange
Surprised? Well, we all saw it coming though, didn’t we? It’s been a very long time since Doctor Strange turned evil and we have not seen anything about him since then. This makes the current situation a hotbed to reintroduce him as the villain this time and take us all by storm. His turning into Evil Doctor Strange and fighting against his own clan will only add more emotional value to the situation. Considering Tom Holland is touted to lead the Secret Wars as Spider-Man, this will be a very moving fight.
Mephisto is also easy bait if the studio chooses him to be the villain as a replacement for Jonathan Majors’ Kang. However, we have all read the rumours that he is entering the MCU in Ironheart, and Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing him. But such rumours have been around since the day and time of WandaVision. Which means this must be taken with a pinch of salt. However, for a villain with a simple back story and not many complications to introduce, Mephisto might be an easy catch.
It’s high time the female villains got their due in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Revonna has an emotional upper hand in replacing Kang. For someone obsessed with the Conqueror and having been a part of the Multiversal War, Renslayer can take up the responsibility to finish Kang’s job because she even knows his ways. Imagine if Revonna embodies everything that Kang is and comes for the superheroes.
We saved the best for last. What can be bigger than Galactus at this point in the MCU? Literally nothing. Nit is exactly a villain; he is a celestial being that needs to eat planets to survive and he does so. When he comes for Earth 616, it will be interesting to see how the Avengers beat him. What will be more interesting is the fact that even Eternals can have their time again in the MCU if Galactus gets involved. Reports were that the studio was planning to introduce him in Fantastic Four Reboot. But nothing has yet been confirmed.
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