Paul Rudd praises his Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumia co-star Jonathan Majors in his role as Kang the Conqueror. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the third entry in the Ant-Man franchise and sees director Peyton Reed return with a script by Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly reprise their role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp and will be joined by Jonathan Majors as the lead villain, the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror.
Majors was riding a wave of critical success in films like Da 5 Bloods and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, as well as the HBO series, Lovecraft Country, when he was cast as Kang in September 2020. While Kang the Conqueror will appear as the main villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, audiences have already met a variant of the character in the season finale of Loki named He Who Remains, also played by Majors. Kang is being set up as the next Thanos level threat for the MCU, one that could appear in future films and television series.
In an interview with Variety, while promoting Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Paul Rudd praised Majors’ role as Kang in the third Ant-Man film. Rudd says he has been a fan of other Jonathan Majors performances and is excited for what he is bringing to Kang. Rudd also says that he enjoys bringing new performers into the franchise as their enthusiasm is palpable, referring to both Majors and likely newcomer Kathryn Newton, who is taking over the role of Cassie Lang from Abby Ryder Forston in the previous two Ant-Man films, and Emma Fuhrmann in Avengers: Endgame. Read what Rudd said below:
“I’ve loved everything he’s done, and I see what he’s doing in this, and I’m knocked out by it. It is really fun to bring new people into the fold, and the enthusiasm that people have is palpable.”
Principal photography on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania began on July 26, 2021, which was two weeks after the season finale of Loki aired on Disney+. Majors was cast as a collaborative effort between Peyton Reed and Loki director Kate Herron. He Who Remains (who draws inspiration from the comic book character Immortus) teased how much more dangerous his other variants are, hinting to audiences that the performance Major will give as Kang the Conqueror will be far different and likely more menacing than what audiences saw in Loki.
Kang the Conqueror is set to have major ramifications on the MCU going forward after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. With various Young Avengers appearing across the films and television series, and being that a younger variant of Kang joins the team as Iron Lad, it is likely that the team will assemble. The MCU could also explore other Kang variants like the Scarlet Centurion or Rama-Tut who has ties to the X-Men villain Apocalypse. It is likely that Majors will be in the MCU for a long time to come as more characters than just Kang the Conqueror.