As Marvel Replaces Jonathan Majors, ‘Loki’ Director Breaks Silence

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Jonathan Majors as Victor Timely in 'Loki' 2.03

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Since he was arrested on assault and harassment charges in March following an alleged dispute with his then-girlfriend, Kang actor Jonathan Majors’ future with Marvel Studios has been riddled with uncertainty. And now, the director of the latest Disney+ Loki episode is speaking out against the accusations against Majors, seemingly defending him by citing his positive relationships with co-stars Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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It seems like disgraced Marvel alum Jonathan Majors has some powerful cheerleaders on his side following his March arrest, which led to the actor being charged with assault and harassment. In the following weeks, Majors lost his representation and was subsequently dropped from marketing campaigns for movies like the Michael B. Jordan-fronted Creed III (2023).

The whole incident seemingly left Majors blacklisted from Hollywood, despite him not actually being proven innocent or guilty — yet. He’s scheduled to return to trial later this month after his initial court date was delayed, with his legal team claiming that New York prosecutors had “attempt[ed] to bury” key evidence in the case,” according to Rolling Stone.

Kang (Jonathan Majors) in 'Ant-Man and the Waso: Quantumania'
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Nonetheless, many began questioning Majors’ involvement in upcoming MCU Phase Five and Six projects after the actor played a prominent role in Season 1 of the Disney+ Loki show and again in February’s ill-fated Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023). Speculation only grew after Majors was reportedly edited out of a Loki Season 2 teaser that screened during Marvel’s D23 presentation, with some believing that Marvel had removed him altogether from the new episodes.

Of course, this was far from the truth, as Majors recently made his Season 2 debut as the awkward, bumbling genius, Victor Timely, in the latest Loki episode, titled “1893.” Audiences were introduced to this strange Kang variant in the post-credits for Quantumania, setting up the season’s primary antagonist — or so we think.

Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains in Loki Season 1
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Beyond Loki, Kang is set to become the Multiverse’s next Thanos-level threat, with Majors stepping into some big shoes left by Josh Brolin. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026) will, presumably, bring Marvel heroes together from all corners of the universe to team up against a common threat, though whether or not Majors will play that threat, per se, remains in the air.

Marvel was all but radio silent on the Jonathan Majors matter in the immediate aftermath of his arrest. Still, since then, it seems like the superhero studio is going all-in on defending him. For one, the actor featured prominently in the Assembled: The Making of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania special on Disney+ released in July, while Marvel co-stars such as Anthony Mackie affirmed that they wouldn’t buy into the allegations of abuse until there is more evidence.

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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However, it seems like Marvel has been doubling down on their support for the actor in recent weeks, with longtime producer Kevin Wright telling Entertainment Tonight that Majors’ legal troubles did not affect Loki‘s season 2 production or storylines and that there were “no changes” to the story even after news of his arrest broke in March.

More recently, Kasra Farahani, who directed the latest episode of Loki and served as the production designer on both seasons of the series, spoke for the first time on the discomfort surrounding Jonathan Majors’ arrest to Variety after the star made his franchise return in Loki.

Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains in Loki Season 1
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When asked about his immediate reaction to the news of Majors’ arrest, Farahani described it as a surprise, noting that his “great experience on the set” with Majors and the rest of the cast caused him to be thrown off by the severe accusations. He also praised Majors’ innovation and his chemistry with stars Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson, confirming that there was zero drama on set and that the cast “all worked together super well:”

It was a surprise for sure. But I don’t know anything about it, other than to say that we had, honestly, such a great experience on the set. The cast was a wonderful ensemble. They all worked together super well. Tom would have an idea, Jonathan would have ideas, Owen is an idea machine. The experience on set was without any drama, and just a joy. For me, especially as my first big directing opportunity, I count myself so fortunate to be working with such high-caliber actors that made the directing that much easier for me.

Interestingly, Farahani’s seem to align with other recent reports that claim Marvel Studios has no intention of changing course with Majors, as his Kang the Conqueror will become the overarching supervillain of the entire Multiverse Saga moving into Phase Six.

As for Loki‘s sophomore season, it seems like Majors’ Victor Timely will play a substantial role in the remainder of the season, particularly as Loki, Mobius, Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), O.B. (Ke Huy Quan) and Co. try to get to the bottom of their Temporal Loom problem.

Loki, OB, Mobius, and Hunter B-15 in 'Loki'
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So, even though Majors’ current place in the MCU is complicated, to say the least, it appears his involvement in projects such as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars (2027) is still fairly set in stone. This could, however, change depending on the trial results, and it’s possible that Marvel could replace him moving forward. But unless he’s proven guilty, it looks like the superhero studio and especially the Loki crew are ready to welcome him back with open arms.

New episodes of Loki premiere on Disney+ on Thursdays at 6 p.m. PT.

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