Marvel Speaks Out on Tom Hiddleston Replacing Jonathan Majors Two Weeks Before Assault Trial

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki wearing muzzle in The Avengers

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It’s been almost a week since Loki Season 2 wrapped on Disney+. With a strong and steady viewership and a thoughtful attempt at straightening out the Multiverse, the series, led by Tom Hiddleston, ended with a bang. But what has laced every episode is whether the Loki TV show will alter the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by removing the controversial actor Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. Now, Marvel has spoken out about Majors’ replacement two weeks before the Hollywood star goes to trial.

Tom Hiddleston looking scared and sad in the 'Loki' series
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Upon the first season airing on Disney+ back in the summer of 2021, Loki had the highest viewing figures to date. Following the likes of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki was created for television by Michael Waldron — who went on to scribe the screenplay for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) — and directed by Kate Herron.

The six-episode first season stars Tom Hiddleston as the titular god of Mischief Loki, Sophia Di Martino as Loki Variant, Sylvie, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, Eugene Cordero as Casey, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, and Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains, a Variant of the future villain Kang the Conqueror.

Loki, OB, Mobius, and Hunter B-15 in 'Loki'
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Marvel’s first proper foray into the Multiverse, Loki introduced elements like the Sacred Timeline, branched timelines, and the Time Variance Authority (TVA), all culminating in Sylvie’s killing of He Who Remains in his citadel at the End of Time. This action sparked an aftermath that the team of unlikely heroes had to deal with in the sophomore season.

No longer was Loki to be directed by one person; instead, Season 2 was led by directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, with Eric Martin serving as head writer. The same cast returned for the next chapter of the Loki series, joined by MCU newcomer and Oscar-winning actor Ke Huy Quan as the TVA engineer, Ouroboros, or “O.B.” for short.

Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) in 'Loki' Season 2
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What was particularly noticeable in Loki Season 2 was the lack of any references to Kang the Conqueror. It makes sense, considering that the version of Kang Loki’s team first encountered was He Who Remains, but it also feels pertinent considering the behind-the-scenes controversy happening with actor Jonathan Majors. Sure, Majors was present in the second season as Variant Victor Timely, but he really was on the sidelines. Considering his well-received debut in the first season and his leading role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), it seems odd that Majors would be relegated to such a small role in the ensemble cast.

On the outside of the live-action Marvel Universe, Majors is currently locked in litigation after being arrested in New York City in March 2023. After allegedly assaulting his partner, who was later identified as Grace Jabbari, Majors was arrested in Manhattan and arraigned a day later. Both Majors and his attorney, Priya Chaudhry, contested the claims of domestic assault, including harassment and strangulation, but it did not take long for other people in the actor’s past to voice their own concerns about his behavior.

Jonathan Majors as Victor Timely in 'Loki' 2.03
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Shortly after his arrest, which came not long after his appearances in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Creed III (2023), Majors was dropped by his talent and PR firms, as well as from ad campaigns with the United States Army and the Texas Rangers. Majors will appear in court on November 29, just over two weeks from now. The trial date prompted The Walt Disney Company to pull his awards contender, Magazine Dreams (TBD), completely from the release slate.

Upon details coming to the fore, many wondered just what Marvel would do with Kang the Conqueror in the franchise, considering he was seemingly tapped to by the next Thanos-level villain for Phase Five and Six. The next Avengers film is called Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2026), after all.

Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains/Kang in Marvel's 'Loki'
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Marvel has stayed relatively mum on the topic, although Loki executive producer Kevin Wright did speak earlier this month, acknowledging the situation was “complicated” but that he hoped viewers of Loki would appreciate the performances of not just Majors but the whole cast.

Now, Wright has once again spoken out about the ending of Loki Season 2, which firmly saw Tom Hiddleston replace Jonathan Majors as the new “He Who Remains.”

In the finale, “Glorious Purpose,” Loki finally realizes that he must abandon his hopes of being with friends in order to restore the Temporal Loom and save time and space across the Multiverse. In doing so, he becomes God Loki and manipulates the Loom into a tree-like structure to cater to all of the growing branched timelines, and leaves the likes of Sylvie behind.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki hearing the Multiverse
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When asked by Entertainment Weekly if this means Marvel fans will never see Jonathan Majors Kang again, Wright explained that he couldn’t reveal too much.

“I’m going to tread probably infuriatingly lightly, but for me — and I know all the filmmakers agree — we think everything is there on screen,” Wright said. “I think all the details are there, and there is a lot that people haven’t picked up on, or haven’t fully understood what is being said. The key to the future is in that conversation with Sylvie, and this doesn’t necessarily undo any of those threats. In my mind, it’s what Sylvie said: ‘At least give us a chance. Let us fight that battle for ourselves and define our own destiny.'”

The Council of Kangs in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
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So, based on this, it seems that Kang — whether with Majors or someone else — will still remain the Big Bad of the MCU moving forward. Sylvie’s line about giving them a chance suggests another battle is on the cards. This, teamed with the mid-credits scene of Quantumania, which featured the Council of Kangs, could be what sets the next chapter of Kang in motion.

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