Jonathan Majors is out at Sundance doing press rounds for his indie movie Magazine Dreams and hyping at Kang the Conqueror’s arrival in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania calling his character “the supervillain of supervillains.”
In a new interview with Deadline, Majors cites his inspirations for the role.
“Uh, the inspirations for Kang? He’s a conqueror,” Majors said. “You should look at Alexander the Great. Look at Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar starts there.”
Majors added: “He’s a part of an already established universe. Those are inspirations and then counterpoints, which is also important in creating a character is to figure out how they counter people. ‘You’re smart, but watch how smart I am’. So you can look at Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and say okay, if that’s the superhero of superhero, etcetera, and I’m to be the supervillain of supervillains. How do I counteract that in the zeitgeist. I can write a book about it at this point, but I’ll close there.”
“He is the obvious choice as you’re dealing with the Multiverse,” Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige previously said. “Kang allowed us to do a new kind of Big Bad. He’s a different type of villain, warring amongst themselves as much as he’s warring with our heroes.”
Feige added: “Kang’s a very powerful person, but when we meet him he’s in a position where he needs to get that power back. He has a ship and a device that would allow him to go anywhere, and anywhen he wants if he can get it online. If only he had access to genius scientists with Pym particles.”
A variant of He Who Remains from the Disney Plus series Loki, Kang serves as the main villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania before taking on an even larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel has already confirmed that Majors is set to return as the villainous character for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
The Ant-Man series evolves
Fittingly enough, Paul Rudd’s standalone Ant-Man movies have been small in scale compared to other solo films in the MCU. However, given Scott Lang’s integral role in Endgame, he has since become a vital part of the Avengers, and his contributions involving science thanks to his collaboration with Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have certainly been integral. Now that Kang the Conqueror is involved, it’s safe to say that this will be Lang’s biggest threat yet.
Directed by Peyton Reed from a script written by Jeff Loveness, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also features Michelle Pfeiffer and Bill Murray. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on February 17, 2023.