'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania': Who is Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror?
After being introduced as Damian in Michael B Jordan's 'Creed III', Jonathan Majors is now set to take over from where Thanos left off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang the Conqueror in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania'. The Multiverse Saga's latest antagonist comes with more dangerous views and plans that are set to wreak havoc across the multiverse. By Majors' own admission, the Kang seen in the movie is different from 'He Who Remains', the character he played in 'Loki', but is instead the iconic villain in green and purple.
Kang was first introduced in Fantastic Four #19 back in 1963 and has been one of the villains slated to make his debut as soon as MCU's Phase 4 ended with the death of Thanos. However, the studios set up the arrival of the dangerous time-traveling villain by hinting at him in 'Loki'. His abilities include telekinesis (sorry Wanda, you're not the only one), and then has that desire to conquer the universe — a dangerous combo at best. Historically, Kang has killed different variants of the Avengers before, explaining why he asks Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in an exclusive clip if he had killed him before. The teaser of which was unveiled during Comic-Con this year.
Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, Kang faced off against the Avengers in 1964 "The Avengers #8'. Previously, there was a Reddit theory that looked at how Harley Keener would be Kang the Conqueror. A fan fleshed out the details in full about how Harley may play a bigger role in the near future. The theory goes on to say that Harley was well on his way to becoming Iron Lad (played by Nathaniel Richards in the comics). If the series sticks to the Iron Lad comic plot, then Harley would eventually become Kang the Conqueror.
The official synopsis of 'Quantumania' reads, "In the film, which officially kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Super-Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible. Jonathan Majors joins the adventure as Kang. Director Peyton Reed returns to direct the film; Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard produce."
'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania' releases February 17, 2023.