Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: Jonathan Majors on the inspirations behind Kang the Conqueror

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will serve as the introduction of Marvel’s next big bad — Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). The character is expected to have a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future two phases of the franchise, but what drew Jonathan Majors to the character?

Following in the footsteps of Marvel’s past great villains, including Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Josh Brolin’s Thanos, is no easy task, but Jonathan Majors was eager to flex his acting muscles. Like most actors stepping into the role of a villain, Majors said CinePop that he doesn’t see Kang as a mere villain, but rather a character so multidimensional that there are literally multiple versions of him spread across the Multiverse. The actor added that while he found inspiration from other Marvel villains, he wanted Kang to represent the deepest insecurities of his generation.

It’s funny because I went through and I looked at Ultron, I looked at Loki, I looked at Thanos. And I had an idea, just for me, of what I wanted to bring to the MCU through Kang. And there is a certain requirement that must happen. I think Ultron, Loki and Thanos, I think that would be the typical villains or anti-heroes. They all had very interesting traits and some of them shared traits that are just a necessity to take up the mantle. And then when I took them out and put them in the Kang soup, I looked, ‘What is it that we need in this period?’

Jonathan Majors continued: “Our generation, what we represent, what is a big bad for us? What should our children see? What should our partners see? What should our leaders see? What is it that our zeitgeist, quote unquote, needs? What are we conjuring up? What is in the unconscious of our time now? And Marvel has, in my opinion, the biggest platform in entertainment. And so to bring the big bad, the big bad has to represent so many things and has to be connected to so many things. So I read the newspaper, I looked in history books… I talked to people, I looked at my child, I talked to my partner. What are we afraid of in this day and age? What is it that scares us? Because Kang has to be… every big bad is a manifestation of our deepest insecurities as a society.” I can’t wait to see what Jonathan Majors has in store for us with Kang in the future Ant man successor.

Superhero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp,” reads the official synopsis. “Joined by Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), 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 possible.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania coming to the cinema 17 February 2023.

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