With the introduction of variants in the MCU, we can get different flavors of characters we already know. In Loki, we got introduced to the next big bad with Jonathan Majors as Kang, or He Who Remains, in that series, but now in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we get a different take.
In an interview with Empire, director Peyton Reed talked about what fans should expect from Jonathan Majors as Kang in the third Ant-Man movie. In the Disney+ debut of the character, we got a quirky yet sinister man whose charisma was captivating and unsettling. It did not ring like an Avengers-level threat when looking at previous foes who rivaled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
“Kang the Conqueror in our movie is a very different character. He’s someone who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist.”
Jonathan Majors is playing a different Kang in Ant-Man than in Loki
While many found Phase 4 to be slow in building to what the Multiverse Saga holds, we are going to start ramping up at the beginning of Phase 5 with Quantumania. It will be building to the conclusion with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. In the upcoming movie, we will get a better view of how the villain fits into the MCU and his motivations.
For Scott Lang, this is a match he has not faced before on his own. He had joined the Avengers to battle Thanos and his army. For his standalone adventures, he has faced lower-level antagonists who would have been swept by the more experienced heroes. Now that he has earned himself some credit, it is time for what Reed calls an “all-timer antagonist,” with Paul Rudd as Ant-Man teaming up with his family to face Jonathan Majors as Kang.
With Reed directing his third time for the character, we also get Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty) penning the script, who will also write Kang Dynasty. The film will star the two previously mentioned actors with Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kathryn Newton. It hits theaters on February 17, 2023.