‘Walking Dead’ Franchise Mainstay Reportedly Among Marvel Studios Top Choices for Major Role

When Steven Yeun debuts as the powerful Sentry in 2025’s Thunderbolts, he’ll join the extensive list of talent who have appeared in two of the industry’s most popular shared universes: the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Walking Dead Television Universe. Michael Rooker, Danai Gurira, Lauren Ridloff and Matt Lintz are among those who have all held down major roles in the MCU while also spending time fending off zombies in AMC’s popular and expansive franchise. Jon Bernthal, who along with Andrew Lincoln was one of the first two actors cast in The Walking Dead, is set to reprise his role as Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, in the Marvel Studios Disney Plus streaming series, Daredevil: Born Again, and fans have pined for Norman Reedus, whose Daryl Dixon remains one of the faces of The Walking Dead franchise, to land a Marvel role–mostly Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze–for years. However, a new report indicates that another franchise mainstay might be next in line to join the MCU.

According to industry insider Daniel RPK, Colman Domingo, who has starred as Victor Strand in Fear the Walking Dead, is atop the list of actors that Marvel Studios is considering for a major role in their ongoing Multiverse Saga.

The new report suggests that Domingo, who has appeared in 109 episodes of the series over its 8 seasons, is among a group of actors being considered by Marvel Studios to fill the role of Kang the Conqueror, the current franchise “big bad.” Jonathan Majors, who was originally cast as Kang and has appeared as Variants of the character in both seasons of the streaming series Loki as well as 2023’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, was fired by the studio in December 2023 after being found guilty of reckless assault in the third degree and of harassment stemming from an incident with a former partner in March 2023. Domingo, who also starred in 2021’s The Candyman, HBO’s Euphoria and voiced Unicron in 2023’s Transformer: Rise of the Beasts, immediately emerged as an online fan favorite for the role of Kang in the wake of the news of Majors’ firing and would be a strong choice should the studio cast him.

Rumors about a potential pivot away from a focus on Kang the Conqueror have been prominent for some time and only grew louder when Marvel cut ties with Majors. Fan reception to the character, particularly in his role in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, has been less than enthusiastic and with a creative overhaul of the two-part finale of the Multiverse Sagaincluding a new writer on Avengers 5, which was set to feature Kang–it seemed as though Marvel might choose to wash their hands of the character and replace him with another villain. While they still may choose to reduce Kang’s role in the remaining films in the Saga, interest in an actor of Domingo’s caliber suggests there are still some plans for Master of Men.

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