Although The Mad Titan Thanos was the greatest supervillain threat that the universe had ever faced before, most of us still understood his reasons for such drastic measures to sacrifice half of the universe’s population to let the other half thrive in prosperity. Even after the Avengers took him down with Iron Man sacrificing himself in the process in Avengers: Endgame, we could not shake the feeling of something that felt off. This is a question that we constantly ask even to this day.
Was Thanos actually a villain?
We might not know the exact answer to it, but a similar question was asked by the actor who is to be the next big antagonist of the upcoming Avengers film and this phase of the MCU itself! Which might just end up putting us in the same dilemma again.
Avengers 5 And 6 Antagonist Asks ‘What Is A Villain?”
Jonathan Majors, who plays Kang the Conqueror, previewed Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, in an interview with Variety at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Majors revealed that they had a “few discussions” while confirming that Shang-Chi director Cretton will direct the future MCU film. Majors praised the director, calling him someone with an “open mind” and saying that “he’s grounded:”
“I think that’s the most important part about it. We’re dealing with myths. What is a Kang? What is a movie? What is an MCU movie? What does that mean? What does that look like? Those are the questions we’re asking, but all of that works because it is grounded. And really, really, really tucked into the given circumstances, what’s going on between these people, and what we can illuminate for ourselves as a species.”
He said, talking about how the story of the next Avengers films will be more focused on the relationships of the characters and their personal development rather than relying heavily on the time travel and multiversal aspect of the MCU.
At the end of the interview though, we heard the most rattling thing that we were expecting to hear from the next big bad wolf of the MCU!
“Look, what’s a villain? What’s a villain?” Said Majors as the interviewer commented that they will be rooting for the villain in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
What To Expect From Kang In Avengers: The Kang Dynasty?
Returning back to the question about the definition of a villain in the MCU will never be an easy answer. Marvel Studios has a long track record of making relatable big bad wolves. From that angle, Thanos and his quest for balance were something noble, yet the misguided route that he took made him a mass murderer in the eyes of the Avengers, who knew that there were more ways to resolve the issue rather than mass genocide. As Majors commented on it, we hope that Marvel Studios will yet again make us ask these questions in the upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
As for the story, it’s anticipated that Jonathan Majors’ portrayal of the movie’s titular antagonist, Kang, would be explored in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Even though it’s an Avengers film, there’s a good probability that a significant portion of its running time will be devoted to revealing Kang the Conqueror’s true identity. Kang’s influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe was already seen at the conclusion of Loki Season 1, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will unleash much more of his effects. Kang and his Variants may appear in other films, and Cretton is prepared to connect them all by emphasizing the antagonist in The Kang Dynasty.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, in cinemas in 2025.
Source: The Direct