Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, recently spoke about Jonathan Majors’ performance as the MCU’s newest big bad, Kang the Conqueror.
Kang was set up with Majors’ first MCU appearance in Loki on Disney Plus, where he played He Who Remains, the Sacred Timeline’s version of Kang, who kept his alternate self at bay. However, with He Who Remains dead and the Multiverse unleashed, Kang is now free to wreak havoc.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will mark Kang’s first MCU appearance and Peyton Reed has been talking up Jonathan Majors’ work as the villain.
Jonathan Majors Is Marvel’s Next Big Villain
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Peyton Reed spoke about Jonathan Majors’ performance as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The director referenced the actor’s “energy and presence,” which he says benefits the Ant-Man threequel, but is also something Majors will be bringing to the MCU’s ongoing Multiverse Saga, leading to his title role in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Speaking about Jonathan Majors’ Kang in the upcoming Ant-Man movie, Peyton Reed said:
“It’s become a cliché over the decades to compare somebody to a young Marlon Brando, but Jonathan has that. He has just this energy and this presence, and our movie is definitely benefiting from that.”
With Kang’s arrival teased in the final scene of Loki‘s first season, it looks likely the villain will return in the Disney Plus series’ second season, though this is not yet confirmed.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also confirmed Jonathan Majors will continue to play multiple variants of Kang, so there is no guarantee the version seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be the same version seen elsewhere in the MCU.
Ant-Man and the Wasp last appeared in Avengers: Endgame. Here is the film’s synopsis:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sebastian Stan, and Josh Brolin.
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Source: The New York Times