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“There’s very little he won’t do”: Jonathan Majors is Basing Kang Off of Shakespeare’s Othello

"There's very little he won't do": Jonathan Majors is Basing Kang Off of Shakespeare's Othello

The end of Thanos and his bloodthirsty army who set out to bring stability to the universe by wiping off half of its inhabitants quickly sparked a need for the next looming danger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on a whim. Cue Jonathan Majors’ entry into the MCU, and we now have our next major Thanos-level threat for the franchise.

Majors is the man who will be taking on the role of Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming major Avengers movies after Endgame. Now fans may wonder what he will be able to bring to the table with his portrayal of the villain, needless to say, he’s taken influence from a notable real-life figure’s work.

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Jonathan Majors

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Jonathan Majors Claims Shakespearean Influence On Kang The Conqueror

We’ve already seen a sneak peek of what Jonathan Majors looks like as the villain Kang the Conqueror in Loki, regardless of that being a variant of the character.

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Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror

But we got a much closer look at Majors’ character in the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer, a movie in which he will make his official debut as the villain who will be replacing Thanos’ tyranny in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The looks are there, but what will the villain be like if played by the 33-year-old actor? During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Majors revealed that Iago- a character from one of English playwright William Shakespeare’s most popular works, Othello- served as a major source of inspiration for his take on the new MCU villain-

“The first thing that was pitched to me was, he’s a villain, and I went, ‘Hmm.’ And they were like, ‘he’s a supervillain,’ and I went, ‘Hmm, I’m into that.’ But why was I into that? Because [of] classical texts. I mean, I do want to play Othello, but, in Othello, you’ve always got to be careful about Iago, because Iago, that guy, that’s the most complex character. There’s very little he won’t do.”

Since he specifies that Iago is ‘the most complex character’, fans might actually be getting a real deal of a villain with multiple layers to the character for fans to uncover in this new era of the MCU.

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Jonathan Majors Wants To Extend His Stay In The MCU

It would be a no-brainer to assume that Jonathan Majors‘ character Kang the Conqueror will also be making an appearance in the movie, after all, it’s named after the villain.

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Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror

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However, Jonathan Majors isn’t too convinced of his appearance in the movie and suggests that he wishes to stay around longer in the MCU. During the very same interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Devotion actor had this to say about Marvel possibly replacing him as Kang-

“I don’t think so, but you’d be surprised. They can do whatever the f— they want to do, really. I’d like to stick around a little longer.”

Is this a call for help from the actor? Maybe. But since he’s yet to make his movie debut in the MCU, it’d be too early to kick him out with a new actor taking his place.

Source: Screen Rant

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.