Jonathan Majors is having the best time of his career, even though he’s relatively new in the movie industry. After breaking out in 2019’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the actor appeared in a series of other high-profile movies and TV series within a short succession, including Da 5 Bloods (2020), The Harder They Fall (2021), Loki (2021), and Devotion (2022), among others. In Loki, he played He Who Remains, a variant of the terrific Marvel Comics villain Kang the Conqueror who’s set to make his MCU debut in next year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Since the same actor plays both villains, it’s easy for casual viewers to confuse and mistake both characters being one and the same. Ant-Man 3: Quantumania’s director Peyton Reed had this to say about that while speaking with Empire magazine:
“When Majors was first seen as the variant He Who Remains, he portrayed him as an eccentric, yet smart enigma who had good intentions, but questionable ethics, Kang will not be as kind and has plans in store for the titular heroes.
“Kang The Conqueror in our movie is a very different character. He’s someone who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist.”
The fact that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and his teammates/family will be the first to square off against a villain as infamous and powerful as Kang the Conqueror is something to be worried about. Could this be Ant-Man’s swansong from the MCU? Because, let’s face it, you don’t come face-to-face with a powerful villain like Kang and no one gets hurt in the process.
We’ll know for sure what happens when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theatres on February 17, 2023.