Jonathan Majors Holding Tight to Kang: How James Gunn and ‘Superman: Legacy’ Could Swipe a Major Victory from the MCU

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The latest rumors concerning Jonathan Majors and his role as Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) suggest that there might be contractual obligations tying Majors exclusively to portray any variant of Kang. This could explain why Marvel is seemingly hesitant to part ways with the actor despite controversies and ongoing discussions about replacing Kang in future MCU projects like “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.” Speculation implies that this contractual clause may prevent Marvel from simply recasting the role or moving away from using Kang as a central antagonist.

If this rumored contract clause holds true, it could imply difficulties for Marvel’s storytelling plans, particularly concerning the Kang character. Consequently, this situation might give an advantage to James Gunn’s DC Universe (DCU), especially with its upcoming project, “Superman: Legacy,” which features Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor.

Nicholas Hoult’s casting as Lex Luthor, despite initially being seen as a surprising choice, has garnered positive reactions from fans, differentiating him from previous interpretations of the character like Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal in the DCEU. Gunn’s expressed admiration for the Lex Luthor character and his plans for Hoult’s role suggest an exciting and definitive cinematic portrayal of Superman’s arch-nemesis.

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With “Superman: Legacy” being the starting point for Gunn’s broader franchise plans within the DCU, there’s a possibility of Hoult’s Lex Luthor becoming a significant and recurring antagonist across the DCU’s Phase One, akin to Kang’s potential role in the MCU. The timing of “Superman: Legacy” arriving before Marvel’s “Avengers 5” offers Hoult’s character a chance to establish a strong presence before any potential changes to Kang’s storyline within the MCU.

While the inclusion of Doctor Doom in the MCU could pose a challenge to both Kang and Lex Luthor as the main antagonists, recent successes with villains in the DCU, like Gunn’s High Evolutionary in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” might position DC favorably in terms of character portrayal and narrative impact.

Ultimately, the future of both Kang in the MCU and Lex Luthor in the DCU remains uncertain, but these developments and potential long-term commitments of actors to iconic roles could significantly influence the direction and success of both cinematic universes in the coming years.