Jonathan Majors, who portrayed Kang, is no longer part of the MCU due to being found guilty on harassment and assault charges, resulting in Marvel severing ties with the actor, leaving the Multiverse Saga’s future uncertain. Marvel faces two choices: recast Kang or introduce a new villain, a move many fans seem open to due to the strong association between Majors and Kang, or perceived underwhelming Phase Five content.
To replace Kang, Marvel could introduce Galactus, a powerful entity known for consuming planets. Displaying Galactus devouring Kang could erase the old villain while introducing the new threat in a visually stunning sequence.
With expectations of Doctor Doom becoming the new antagonist, depicting Kang’s demise at Doom’s hands parallels Thanos’ elimination of Loki in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Finding a way to depict Kang’s defeat without Majors’ involvement could pose a challenge.
Fans are intrigued by Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin as a potential new big bad, particularly after his impactful return in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” Imagining a scenario where Green Goblin eliminates Kang could be a dramatic shift and an unexpected twist.
Surprisingly, one possibility is that Marvel doesn’t directly address Kang’s absence. Contrary to concerns about the Multiverse Saga, Kang’s defeat in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” leaves room for interpretation. The post-credits scene with the Council of Kangs might not necessarily indicate a universal takeover plan but could be misinterpreted as casual discussion or concern about the Avengers.
In essence, writing out Kang might not be as challenging as regaining the trust and interest of both dedicated fans and casual moviegoers, posing a significant hurdle for Marvel despite the potential ways to handle Kang’s departure.