Jonathan Majors performance was the main reason Kang became the focus of the Multiverse Saga. Speaking on The Ringer‘s The Big Picture podcast, writer and author of the upcoming book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios book Joanna Robinson has claimed that during her work, she was told it was never the intention to make Kang the centre of the MCU.
Robinson says that Majors’ performance changed everybody’s minds. A senior writer for Vanity Fair, Robinson has a long history of writing Marvel pieces for the magazine. Ergo, this not some random rumor, but something Robinson heard from people at Marvel directly. She spoke at length about how everyone was blown away by Majors performance. Both in Loki, and the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania dailies that it caused Marvel to switch direction. Of course we are not told what previous direction things were pointed.
Of course this revelation would be news anyway. However, the impending court case against Majors, alleged to have been involved in domestic violence adds to story. As Robinson points out, Marvel now has a lot riding on Majors.
“I was told by someone who works for Marvel, it was not the plan to make Kang the center of everything until they saw the dailies from Quantumania and after his performance in Loki, which was so strong they were like, ‘This is it. This is our way forward.”
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“We’ve lost our varsity hero team, but let’s set up around this guy Kang and this performer that so many people are reacting to.’We know this is a huge problem for them that they are facing and grappling with right now. And what’s unprecedented in this for Marvel is, I would argue they have never hung so much of a franchise on one actor, as they tried to hang it on Jonathan Majors after his Loki performance and his Quantumania performance.”
“I would argue more than Downey as Iron Man, more than Brolin as Thanos, that hanging everything on this guy is then going to pop up in all of their properties leading up to something called The Kang Dynasty has put them in a very unusual position. They don’t usually hang this much on one person in the way that they did here. And that has put them in the bind. We do not know what they are going to do. I’ve hear conflicting stories about they are going to replace him, they’re not even considering replacing him etc etc. But it’s just one more thing.”
So we still have no idea what Marvel is going to do with the Majors situation. We shall just have to wait and see. However, this latest news shows just how serious a blow this could be for Marvel Studios.
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