*Minor Spoilers For Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania*
Kang, the feared antagonist has found himself getting compared to Josh Brolin’s Thanos in the MCU. With an intense portrayal by Jonathan Majors, fans immediately started comparing the actor to the Avengers: Endgame villain, Thanos.
The screenplay writer of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Jeff Loveness rushed to defend the actor. In a lengthy interview, the writer talked about showcasing the heavy defeat of Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror against Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and the significance of the villain’s downfall.
Jeff Loveness Talks About Kang’s Defeat
As intense and dark as the alias of Kang sounds, the character was defeated in the end. Although the whole trope of good winning over evil was followed in the MCU movie, it was not the end for Jonathan Majors and the character of Kang.
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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Loveness talked about the significance of the moment when Kang lay defeated on the ground. Talking about how people love a villain that learns from their mistakes and a person that stumbles and falls yet gets back up, Loveness believes that Kang’s defeat is of paramount importance for the future.
“Well, I think you root for someone who knows defeat. Thanos says that he knows what it’s like to lose, but we never see him lose until the end of Endgame. All he does is toss away the people that he loves and beat Thor’s ass.”
The American screenwriter further revealed that they took some heat for Kang’s defeat but he hoped that the audience would root for a guy that stumbles and falls.
“But yes, it’s a risk, and we certainly took some heat for it. But I am willing to bet that we are going to root for a guy that we’ve seen stumble and fall, much like Chris Claremont’s Magneto from those X-Men comics,”
According to Jeff Loveness, the writer had nothing but praise for Jonathan Majors‘ portrayal of Kang. Talking about Kang’s human side of emotions and feelings, Loveness admitted that he felt grateful and excited to be working with Jonathan Majors in the movie.
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Jeff Loveness Gives A Difference Between Kang and Thanos
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Marvel villains have been distinct in their own way over the years as the MCU progressed. Some villains changed sides (like Loki and Wanda) while some villains left to guide others (like Red Skull), Thanos was none of them. With a single snap of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, the Mad Titan’s army turned to dust and he was defeated.
According to writer Jeff Loveness, that is the primary difference between Kang the Conqueror and Thanos. Thanos can only be defeated once but Kang…is existential.
“If you go back in the comics, you can beat Thanos once, and that’s the end of the day. Kang is not a guy that you can beat once; he is an existential problem. And so he doesn’t care if he loses because he’s got nothing but time.”
The writer further revealed that Kang also has human emotions that made him a human being while Thanos only shed a tear when he had to sacrifice Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War.
“The big distinction between Thanos and Kang is that Kang is more of a human being. And so his defeat was a way to showcase his humanity and his unending passion.”
With the recently released movie facing backlash on the Internet, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently screening in theaters worldwide.