Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Jonathan Majors describes Kang the Conqueror as the supervillain equivalent of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Jonathan Majors — who plays main antagonist Kang the Conqueror — has described the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new big bad as the supervillain equivalent of the franchise’s greatest hero: Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.
“He’s a conqueror, right?” Majors told Deadline regarding his inspirations for his portrayal of Kang. “You should look at Alexander the Great, you look at Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, start there. He’s a part of a already-established universe. That universe has… yeah, those are inspirations. And then counterpoints, which is also important in creating character, is to figure out, ‘How do they counter people?’ You know, ‘You’re smart? Well, watch how smart I am,’ you know? You can look at Robert Downey’s Iron Man and say, ‘Okay, if that’s the superhero of superheroes, et cetera, and I want to be a supervillain of supervillains, how do I counteract that in the zeitgeist?’ I mean, I could write a book on this at this point — but I’ll close there.”
Majors made his MCU debut as He Who Remains — a multiversal variant of Kang the Conqueror — in the Season 1 finale of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ original series Loki in 2021. Majors will portray Kang proper in Quantumania, which is set to release in theaters on Friday, Feb. 17 to kick off Phase Five of the MCU. The villain is expected to be a major figure in the franchise going forward. While it’s currently unclear just how many appearances Majors will make as Kang in the coming years, the next Avengers film is built around him. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is currently scheduled to release on May 2, 2025 as part of Phase Six of the MCU. The film will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) from a screenplay by Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness.
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In the meantime, Quantumania itself is directed by Peyton Reed, who returns to the Ant-Man franchise after previously helming 2015’s Ant-Man and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. The upcoming threequel also features the return of franchise mainstays Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, who reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Hope van Dyne/the Wasp, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, respectively. Moreover, Randall Park reprises his role as Jimmy Woo. Fellow Ant-Man franchise star David Dastmalchian is back as well — though as Veb, rather than his previous character, Kurt. Similarly, Corey Stoll appears in Quantumania as M.O.D.O.K. after having previously portrayed Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in the first Ant-Man film.
Meanwhile, Majors isn’t the only Ant-Man franchise newcomer to feature in Quantumania. The film also stars Kathryn Newton, who takes over the role of Cassie Lang (a character previously played by Abby Ryder Fortson in the first two Ant-Man films and by Emma Fuhrmann in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame). Finally, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian and Bill Murray make their own MCU debuts as Quaz, Jentorra and Lord Krylar, respectively.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opens in theaters on Feb. 17.
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