We got the next Big Baddie of MCU in the form of Kang as the colossal events of the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con 2022. As the lineup was revealed, it was pretty clear that the iconic villain will be helmed as the next major supervillain in MCU. Now it is even confirmed by Kevin Feige that he has a very major role to play in this massive Multiverse Saga which comprises MCU Phases 4,5 and 6.
Kevin Feige on Kang the Conqueror:
Similar to Marvel’s Infinity Saga which comprised phases 1,2 and 3 and covered the storyline surrounding the infinity stones in MCU, these latest three phases will focus on the Multiverse story arc and will conclude with Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
The fans were immediately blown out of their mind as soon as they were given the first glimpse of Marvel’s plan till 2025 and not only that but Marvel even went on to show a teaser of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania where fans saw the first look of Kang. The character was already expected in the future of MCU after the appearance of one of his variants “He Who Remains” in the first season of Loki. During an interview with Comicbook Kevin Feige revealed that the character played by Jonathan Majors and also his variants will act as the pillar of this Multiverse Saga and will shoulder the future of MCU:
“nobody’s shoulders I’d rather be putting the Multiverse Saga on than his.”
As we saw in the finale of Loki, “He Who Remains” played by Jonathan Majors revealed that there are various other variants of him in the vast Multiverse and our heroes now have to face the wrath of Kang through his different personalities and forms throughout the multiverse. Jonathan Majors received wide appreciation for his role in Loki and even Kevin Feige came to his praise and said:
“It’s really impressive what Jonathan Majors is able to do. And all the different incarnations, Variants, if you will, of Kang that we will see him do. It’s really pretty cool.”
With Kang for the first time appearing as the Main Villain in the movies with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, speaking to Variety the actor Jonathan Majors also exclaimed about his feelings on the iconic character of the comics, and according to him, it’s surreal:
“Yeah, it was surreal. It was so surreal that actually as I was backstage watching the clip, I was listening to the voice and the words, and I went, ‘I know that… but where’s that coming [from]?’ And then I went, ‘Oh that’s him! That’s him. That’s Kang.’ You know, that’s how surreal it’s been. And then, I was just over there when my friend and publicist showed me the Kang Dynasty beat and that was wild. So I’m still… I apologize because I’m just so afloaty.”
It’s being hoped that, unlike Thanos, the Jonathan Majors character will have a far massive role in this saga as he is already appearing in a movie with a major role before the seismic events of the upcoming Avengers movies.
Now it’s all about Kang:
Even though we are till now in the dark about the villain and how he will affect the vast future of the MCU but with this, Marvel can be very experimental and can do various things. If MCU and the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed takes it in a unique direction then this movie can turn out to be a banger as the pilot of MCU Phase 5 and will introduce Kang as a villain and even a far more iconic threat to the MCU.
The last time we were shown Kang, we saw one of his variants in Loki but that would not be the case with the Kangs we are going to witness in the future as they can be far more evil and dangerous. Besides Jonathan Majors as the next MCU big villain, the movie also stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bill Murray, and Kathryn Newton. This movie also presents us with the live-action debut of another Marvel villain MODOK.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release on February 17, 2023.
Source: SDCC 22