When Jonathan Majors was first announced to be portraying the villainous Kang in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, it was revealed that his deal with Marvel Studios set the actor up for several appearances over the course of multiple projects. By the time Majors appeared as He Who Remains in the season finale of the first season of Loki, it started to become clear just how big of a factor Majors was set to be in what ultimately became known as the Multiverse Saga. The aloof He Who Remains, as it turns out, was just one of an infinite number of versions of Kang and, as he said himself, definitely not the worst one. Majors teased that He Who Remains was just one of “many iterations” of Kang that he’d be playing during his tenure in the MCU and now Ant-Man franchise director Peyton Reed has chimed in on which version audiences will see in Quantumania.
“Kang The Conqueror in our movie is a very different character,” from Majors’ He Who Remains, teased Reed in an interview with Empire. “He’s someone who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist,” added Reed, whose description is in lockstep with how Majors has previously described this version of the character. Reed finished the thought by describing this version as, “an all-timer antagonist“, giving fans of the comics (and probably Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heros) a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The third installment in the Ant-Man franchise has always been destined to break the mold of the first two films, which were small, palate-cleansing features that followed Avengers films into theaters. According to Reed, Quantumania “has a profound affect on the MCU” and teases a connection between it and 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, both of which are written by Marvel Comics and Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness. “There’s been a lot of discussion about the impact that this appearance of Kang The Conqueror makes,” said Reed, adding “there are big things in store.”
But what about Lang and his Ant-Family? Do they stand a chance against someone like Kang. Reed didn’t give anything away, but does make it clear that Lang is definitely the underdog. “That’s interesting to me: to take the tiniest, and in some people’s minds weakest, Avenger, and put them up against this absolute force of nature.”
Audiences dont’ have to wait too long to find out exactly what happens as Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters in February.