First Look at Kang the Conqueror In Live-Action (Photos)

By Savannah Sanders Updated:
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Even though Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has yet to debut in theaters, marketing has already begun for Marvel Studios' 2023 slate beginning with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

But Ant-Man 3 isn't just launching Phase 5 of the MCU, it's also introducing audiences to the Multiverse Saga's big bad - Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror

Kang's role in the threequel has been anything but a secret; and now, fans can finally see Majors' Kang in live-action in Ant-Man 3's first official trailer. 

Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror Revealed

The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania revealed the first look at Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror in action. 

In the first shot featuring Kang, his face isn't shown, but viewers can see a glimpse of his green and purple armor as he places a mysterious orb into a machine. 

Ant-Man 3 Kang
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This item may have something to do with why Kang wants Scott Lang. 

While not included in this latest trailer, Ant-Man 3's D23 trailer showed Kang demanding Scott's help in getting back something "somebody stole" from him in exchange for Scott's daughter, Cassie. 

Then, the trailer reveals a full shot of the villain wearing his signature helmet from the comics with blue energy radiating from his hands. 

Ant-Man 3 Kang
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In the comics, Kang's abilities stemmed from his intelligence and access to advanced technology. 

Just how faithful Marvel Studios' version of the villain to that of the comics remains to be seen. 

However, in addition to being able to wield energy, the D23 trailer showcased his telekinesis while recent interviews have claimed that Majors' Kang is "the warrior version of Kang" who has "developed every type of combat skill."

Finally, the footage finally shows him in a close-up, talking to Scott Lang, saying, "So what's it gonna be, Ant-Man?"

Ant-Man 3 Kang
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While this trailer offers the first official look at Kang in live-action, it's not the first time audiences have seen Jonathan Majors in the MCU. 

Majors first appeared in the Loki Season 1 finale as He Who Remains, warning Loki and Sylvie that his own death would release his dangerous variants. 

While Quantumania will showcase just why He Who Remains was so concerned about his Kang Variant, this first-look footage has already revealed a few differences between the two individuals. 

Kang the Conqueror Comparison
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For instance, Majors' Kang seems to be much more stoic and controlled than He Who Remains. 

And, apart from their differing costumes, Kang has no facial hair and sports the same signature lines down his face as his character in the comics. 

The full trailer can be seen below:

Phase 5 of the MCU Has Arrived

In some ways, this trailer is more than just a preview of Ant-Man 3 but rather this next phase of the MCU.

This is because Kang is integral to the Multiverse Saga's overarching tale for years to come, culminating in Marvel Studios' next Avengers film, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in 2025.  

With this in mind, it's hard to say how Quantumania will end since audiences know Kang is anything but a one-and-done villain. Some have even questioned whether the threequel will end with Scott Lang's death. 

There's also the question of whether audiences will see other Kangs since He Who Remains was concerned about his Variants.  

While fans will have to wait and see, it's worth noting that this official Ant-Man 3 trailer was generous with its Kang footage. 

Not only did it potentially tease what Kang is after and his tech, but it also showed him in his armor and without. 

This begs the question of whether Jonathan Majors' Kang will be seen again sooner than later, such as in a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever post-credits scene. 

Regardless of whether he will, Ant-Man 3 marketing officially has begun meaning Kang will be at the center of MCU news and conversation leading up to February 17. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania debuts in theaters on February 17, 2023.

Release Date
February 17, 2023
- About The Author: Savannah Sanders
Savannah Sanders joined The Direct as a writer in 2020. In addition to writing for The Direct's Star Wars, Marvel, and DC teams, Savannah specializes in the relationship between Disney's blockbuster franchises and the Disney Parks.