Even one month removed, Jonathan Majors remains the man of the hour.
The Lovecraft Country star captivated audiences worldwide with his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, rhyming and raving as the mastermind behind the Time Variance Authority, He Who Remains. Loki's finale revealed that He Who Remains wass one of an infinite number of Variants, all of who are much crueler than himself. With He Who Remains killed and the multiverse unleashed, those infinitely evil Variants are free to conquer.
While it is unclear how many more times fans will see Majors in the MCU, his next confirmed appearance will come in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. There, Majors will become one of those "evil Variants" he teased: Kang the Conqueror.
Kang, a multiversal tyrant bent on taking over timelines, will feature as a prominent antagonist in Ant-Man's threequel as Scott Lang and company venture deeper into the Quantum Realm.
The film remains over a year away, but Majors is already deep into the psyche of his conquering character.
JONATHAN MAJORS TALKS ANT-MAN 3
Speaking with IndieWire, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Jonathan Majors divulged his preparation process with scripts for projects like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, revealing he goes a step beyond simply memorizing his lines:
“[The notes] may look like a football play sometimes, but it’s like the astrology of the spirits in the space. Everybody works in relation to someone else, always.”
Majors detailed that there are "scripts everywhere" around his trailer for Ant-Man 3 and was prepared to show one over Zoom but passed when realizing the multiverse chaos that could ensue if he revealed a Marvel Studios script on camera.
KANG MODE ACTIVATED
Majors may not be taking the method actor approach to his antagonist, but his process still gets him deep into the cerebrum of the conqueror.
Unlike most roles, Majors has the unique and challenging opportunity to play thousands of different iterations of the same character. He Who Remains acted as a charismatic, Willy Wonka-esque Variant of Kang, characteristics that will likely be absent come Quantumania.
Kang's personality remains to be seen, but his "evil" tease makes it more probable that he's crueler, wiser, and more stoic than his charming counterpart.
Marking up the script and leaving notes across it positions Majors for success. Furthermore, the need for extra analysis hints at a couple of iterations of Kang showing face in Ant-Man 3. Where the conqueror goes beyond 2023 is anyone's guess, but if Quantumania positions him as the next Avengers-level threat, it's fair to assume fans will see at least a few different Variants, each showcasing their individual cruelty.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17, 2023.