Here’s some fun news for Marvel fans to chase away any case of the Mondays: Da 5 Bloods and Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors has been cast in the upcoming Ant-Man 3.
Deadline reports that the young actor, whose star is quickly rising, will star opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. Sources say he’s likely playing Marvel supervillain Kang the Conquerer. If that’s the case, it makes sense: Director Peyton Reed recently said the third movie is far larger in scope and scale than the previous two Ant-Man films.
If Majors is indeed playing Kang, it continues to open up the host of possibilities introduced by the Quantum Realm. In the comics, Nathaniel Richards, a.k.a. Kang the Conquerer, is a time-traveling villain who most frequently battles the Avengers, but also characters like Spider-Man and the Black Knight – who will be introduced to the MCU in the upcoming Eternals, played by Kit Harington. He’s a versatile and fun character for Marvel to play with, having evolved and taken on various guises depending on the time period – literally. He’s not always a history-manipulating supervillain; his past self was the hero Iron Lad, a member of the Young Avengers, while his future self is the hero Immortus.
Further speculating here, Kang is also one of the potential ways the Fantastic Four might enter the MCU. He is technically the father of Reed Richards, but he’s also been his stepbrother, and, in his guise as Rama-Tut, has actually fought the Fantastic Four before – look, it’s comic book continuity. You get it. In any case, King has strong ties to the Four and though speculation has mostly been that the Fantastic Four would enter the MCU thanks to being found in an alternate dimension, it’s entirely possible that they were simply lost in a different timeline.
Considering all the above, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kang evolve into something of a long-term villain along the lines of Loki or Thanos. Majors is an excellent actor and one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood. His turn as Atticus “Tick” Freeman in Lovecraft Country has been a revelation, with the series breaking digital records for HBO. He also provided much of the heart and groundedness in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which released this summer on Netflix. His breakout (and first leading) role was last year’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which put Majors on the map for his sensitive and layered portrayal of Montgomery Allen. It would be a shame for Majors to be a one-and-done villain actor as Marvel has done in the past, and Kang has too much potential to not be a long-term baddie.
Majors can currently be seen in Lovecraft Country, which is in the middle of its season. We’ll next catch him in the Western drama The Harder They Fall, which boasts an all-star cast led by Idris Elba and including Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, and Laz Alonso. That project is currently in post-production and slated for release sometime next year.
Ant-Man 3 is set for release some time in 2022.