In the aftermath of the Infinity Saga, Marvel fans are preparing for the arrival of the MCU's next big threat who will replace Thanos and force the Avengers to assemble once again for another world-shattering blockbuster.
The debut of that threat now appears to be imminent as Jonathan Majors will appear as Kang the Conqueror in the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The Lovecraft Country actor made his first MCU appearance as an alternate version of Kang, known only as He Who Remains, during the season finale of Loki.
With shooting currently underway on the Paul Rudd-led sequel, Majors teased his excitement to be filming his villainous role.
Jonathan Majors Teases Ant-Man Kang Filming
The actor initially revealed he never auditioned for his latest role as “the Marvel team have their ways” in that “they're just watching:"
“I guess after The Last Black Man in San Francisco. I can't say it was that film at all. The Marvel team has their ways. It's very much like getting a role in drama school. They're just watching. You don't audition for roles. You get into drama school, then the dean will watch what you're doing. If they wanted you, you get tapped. That's kind of what happened.”
When asked how his Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania role as Kang the Conqueror compares to Loki's He Who Remains, Majors seemingly suggested there will be drastic differences between them, as “every character is different.”
Additionally, the star described the ongoing filming of the Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel as “wicked,” revealing his excitement for audiences to eventually see it:
“It's wicked. I can't wait for people to see it. Come on, bring it!”
As many fans expect Kang to become the next Thanos-level threat for the Avengers to take on, Majors' future in the MCU appears to be much less certain as he revealed “you can only do one film at a time.”
Is Kang the Avengers' Next Big Villain?
With no other obvious world-shattering villains being lined up for the MCU as of now, Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror certainly appears slated to serve as the villain of Avengers 5 whenever it may eventually release.
Based on the assumption that Kang has a long and bright MCU future ahead, it's hard to determine what kind of role he will play in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. So far, Majors' time-traveling conqueror is the only antagonist announced for the sequel, seemingly indicating he will be the primary threat.
However, a character on the power level of Kang will probably prove too big a threat for the shrinking crew to handle alone, meaning he may come out victorious by the end of the film. Alternatively, Marvel could opt to introduce more Variants of the villain going forward for future projects including an Avengers blockbuster and future seasons of Loki.
Whatever the case, it will certainly be some time before fans get a look at Kang the Conqueror's MCU design. With release still around a year and a half away, the first peek of Majors' latest costume is probably still over a year away.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters on February 17, 2023.