Kang the Conqueror, the adversary of the upcoming Ant-Man threequel, is the ideal Marvel Cinematic Universe villain, according to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania creative executive Brian Gay. The third installment in the Paul Rudd-starring franchise will be released on February 17, 2023, which will kickstart MCU’s phase 5.
Fans were first introduced to Jonathan Majors’ new supervillain as the quirky variant, He Who Remains, in the Disney+ series Loki in 2021. This made fans aware of the hazards of the Multiverse and Kang’s potential power throughout space and time. Even after being established as the major villain of 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, he will be the Avengers’ next confirmed big bad in a post-Thanos future.
Jonathan Majors’ insane workout for Ant-Man 3
Stephen Broussard, executive producer of Loki and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, spoke in a recent interview about Kang the Conqueror actor Jonathan Majors‘ “insane work ethic.” The Marvel Studios producer remembers the actor arriving at work early every day in his Kang costume, then jogging around the soundstage with his portable speaker.
Jonathan Majors would arrive early to the set of #AntMan3 every day wearing his Kang costume and then jog around the soundstage with his portable speaker, reveals producer Stephen Broussard:
— MCU – The Direct (@MCU_Direct) October 19, 2022
According to the same report, Majors intends to devote several months to intense cardio, muscle strengthening, and mental conditioning if the film demands him to play roles such as a pilot, a professional boxer, or a bodybuilder. The actor expressed his perfectionist methodology to acting, “If I’m going to bench-press 250 in a film, I need to be able to bench-press 275 a few times. 305 a few times.”
While the Creed III actor prepares to take on the role of Kang the Conqueror in the Multiverse Saga, he is also working on indie projects. Aside from lifting heavy weights and performing his stunts, the 33-year-old actor expressed anxiety about convincing the viewers that his characters are real:
“People have been following this character for two hours sometimes. I’ve been trying so hard to tell the truth, which is not easy. A part of you will know. That’s Kang, but that’s not my Kang. That’s Kang adjacent. That’s a stunt guy. In The Harder They Fall, I ride a horse in a very particular way. You put a stunty on that, and they go, ‘He don’t got the swag. His head ain’t bopping.’ You should never once think it’s not him. You know it’s him. So you trust in him.”
Aside from his deep feelings for Kang and Marvel in general, Majors’ consistency with this preparation in all of his previous parts cements the image that he’s a dedicated actor willing to go to any length for any assignment.
Jonathan Majors’ role in the future of the MCU
Looking ahead to Phases 5 and 6, Majors is ecstatic to be playing such a unique character who, after beginning as He Who Remains in Loki, might potentially branch out into many variants. This will only escalate in Ant-Man 3 before his real strength is revealed, implying that irrespective of whether Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne defeat this version of him, the MCU is in for some terrible days following that threequel.
The Loki star also discussed how significant it is to be a part of the MCU’s elite cast as the franchise develops far beyond the events of the Infinity Saga. Avengers 5 and Avengers 6 are destined to change the game in the MCU in the same way that Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame did, and having Majors lead the way as Kang will only add to the excitement and epicness.
Kang’s ability to time-travel makes him a formidable foe for the Avengers, as he is aware of their weaknesses and has previously slaughtered many characters in past universes. On February 17, 2023, Jonathan Majors will reprise his role as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.