Over the last few weeks, TV fans have become acquainted with the incredibly talented Jonathan Majors. His role in HBO’s Lovecraft Country is universally celebrated as one of the most riveting performances of 2020. As first reported by Deadline, the actor will next take his talents to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with what is reportedly a major role in the upcoming third installment in the Ant-Man franchise.
Per the initial report, sources close to the story claim he will play the super-villain Kang the Conqueror. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, many Marvel fans began to speculate who the Avengers would battle next. Moreover, several actually predicted that it would be Kang following Disney’s acquisition of Fox. While Majors is confirmed to appear in Ant-Man 3, previous reports point to Kang’s introduction taking place in the Loki Disney+ series.
Debuting in the pages of Marvel Comics in The Avengers #8 in September 1964, Kang is the creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A time-traveling entity, Kang appears as several different variations of himself. Born Nathaniel Richards, Kang is a 31st-century scholar and alleged descendant of Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic. After traveling back in time to ancient Egypt aboard a Sphinx-shaped time-ship, he reinvents himself as Kang the Conqueror and vows to save a doomed world from its own self-destruction by conquering it and serving as its one true ruler.
Johnathan Majors rose to stardom following a breathtaking turn in the critically acclaimed independent feature The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The actor continues to be highly sought after with roles in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and White Boy Rick endearing him to audiences all over the world. Up next, Majors will star in The Harder They Fall alongside Idris Elba and Zazie Beetz.
Ant-Man 3 is rumored to feature the debut of the Young Avengers and, at one time, the villainous M.O.D.O.K. appeared in its script. Regardless, franchise star Paul Rudd will return as Scott Lang. Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas are also on board for another stint as Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym, respectively. Ant-Man & The Wasp director Peyton Reed will once again helm the picture as well. At the time of this writing, Phase 4 of the MCU has films scheduled until 2022, with Ant-Man 3 currently not appearing on that initial list. However, with a new screenwriter, Jeff Loveness, attached, it’s likely Marvel COO Kevin Feige looks to fast-track the film’s pre-production.
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