Jonathan Majors made his MCU debut with Loki Season 1, where he played He Who Remains, a variant of the franchise's new baddie, Kang the Conqueror. Following this, the audience learns more about his villainous character in Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, showcasing his deadly powers and twisted motives, along with a glimpse of the Council of Kang in the mid-credit scene. Recently, Majors portrayed Kang's new variant, Victor Timely, along with He Who Remains in Loki Season 2, too.
Nevertheless, his MCU career was short-lived, following the recent reports of him being let go by Marvel Studios in the wake of being found guilty of harassment and assault. This news has thrown his character’s future into uncertainty. Marvel Studios has also dropped the name Avengers: The Kang Dynasty; now the project is simply called Avengers 5, with no details on which antagonistic character will be the focus of it.
There are also rumors surrounding the replacement of Jonathan Majors, which aren’t really confirmed officially. According to recent rumors, a renowned actor is being eyed for the role of Kang the Conqueror. Let’s find out who it is.
Who is rumored to play Kang The Conqueror?
John David Washington is rumored to be in contention for the role of Kang the Conqueror, as reported by industry insider Daniel Richtman. Earlier, there were also reports about Euphoria actor Colman Domingo being considered to replace Majors. However, Domingo has already provided an update on the rumors in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. He said:
"I don't know how much is true. I'm always looking at what I have to do right now... I can't tell if it's true or not, even from my team."- Colman Domingo
Speaking of David Washington, he has been associated with numerous renowned projects over the years ; some of them include BlacKkKlansman, Amsterdam, Tenet, Ballers, Malcolm X, and much more. Recently, he also starred in Gareth Edwards’ The Creator, a movie envisioning a war between artificial intelligence and humans. He is also set to lead his brother Malcolm Washington’s upcoming movie, The Piano Lesson.
Keeping in mind his noteworthy performances in Hollywood throughout his acting tenure, he can certainly be a great addition to the MCU, as it will allow him to explore a powerful and dangerous comic book supervillain for the first time, which would be something different from the roles he has done before.