- Fans are considering Denzel Washington as a potential recast for Kang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to his talent and the desire to see him in a Marvel movie.
- There are no current plans to replace Jonathan Majors as Kang, but the outcome of his domestic abuse trial may impact his future in the franchise.
- The role of Kang is integral to the multiverse saga, and if a decision is made to recast, now would be the appropriate time to do so. However, Washington’s involvement is unlikely given the current state of the franchise.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was set to bring a whole new saga to the franchise with the introduction of the multiverse, and a new “Big Bad” in the form of the mighty Kang the Conqueror. However, things have not been going quite according to plan for Kevin Feige and his team, with the franchise faltering at the box office, Disney+ shows being heavily criticized and their Kang star, Jonathan Majors, being the subject of a high profile domestic abuse trial. For that reason, many fans have started coming up with their own fan casting ideas for Kang to be reborn, and a new piece of fan art has revealed what one popular recast could look like.
Denzel Washington is an actor who has done everything…except a Marvel movie. So, for that reason alone, there are some who would love to see the Oscar-winner step into the shoes of Majors and take over the role of Kang for the next phase of Marvel movies. Thanks to Instagram user 21xfour, we can get an idea of what it would look like if Washington did decide to dip his toes into the MCU and take on the multi-movie-spanning role of Kang.
There are, of course, no current plans for Majors to be replaced in the franchise, at least none that have been made public. Having said that, Marvel Studios has seemingly put a pause on their output for the next year, with only Deadpool 3 scheduled for release in 2024. Currently, Jonathan Majors is on trial for an alleged assault on his former girlfriend, with the hearing expected to come to an end in just over a week’s time. The result of that trial could very well decide the actor’s MCU fate, and open the door for other actors to be considered for the role, but that is something that will be resolved one way or the other in the coming months.
Will Marvel Studios Replace Kang as the MCU’s Big Bad?
While there have been plenty of rumors about what may or may not happen with the upcoming slate of multiverse movies within the MCU, there has been nothing made official one way or the other when it comes to the future of Kang as this saga’s main antagonist.
Previous reports have suggested that Marvel Studios has been considering replacing Kang with another iconic villain, Doctor Doom, but that is something that seems to have been debunked as many times as it has been mentioned. There has been a lot of investment put into Kang’s place in the multiverse, and considering the upcoming Avengers movie bears his name, it is hard to see how the saga could continue without the time-manipulating villain being at its heart.
Naturally, if there is a decision taken to replace Kang completely, now would be the time to do it. Season two of Loki ended with the TVA keeping tabs on all Kang threats across the multiverse and seemingly being ready to step in if any get out of hand. Other than the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which saw hundreds of Kang variants congregating in the same place, there are no other references to the villain currently in play.
If it comes to recasting Kang, then there is little doubt that a star of Denzel Washington’s calibre would be able to bring an unparalleled gravitas to the role. However, the idea of Washington wanting to join the franchise in its current state of disrepair is a little hard to see being on the cards. For now, Jonathan Majors is still Kang, and Kang is the multiverse saga’s “Thanos level” bad guy. Whether that continues to be true will be known very soon.
And if you’re a fan of the actor, check out our news video about what part Denzel Washington will play in Ridley Scott’s upcoming sequel to Gladiator:
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