By Stephen Ippolito | September 14th, 2020
Some major news regarding Ant-Man 3 has been broken in the last hour. According to the very reliable Justin Kroll at Deadline, actor Jonathan Majors will play the time-traveling villain Kang the Conquer in the third Ant-Man film.
First appearing in Avengers #8 back in 1964, Kang is one of Marvel Comics’ oldest villains whose mixed it up with many heroes over the years. Hailing from the far future, he possesses advanced technology, including time travel, that makes him more than a threat to even the Avengers.
According to Kroll, there could be a “twist” of how the character is presented in future MCU films. It could be that he’s referring to Kang’s alternate versions like Immortus and Rama-Tut.
Major’s casting seemingly puts an end to a rumor that Richard E. Grant would be playing the time-traveling villain. In March, after he was cast in the Loki series, some thought Kang, played by Grant, would be the “big bad” in the Disney+ series.
While 2020 has been bad for most people, for actor Majors, it’s been good. He starred in Spike Lee’s Netflix film Da 5 Bloods, and can currently be seen in HBO’s new hit series Lovecraft Country.
It’s not known when Ant-Man 3 will hit theaters (likely 2022), but it is known that director Peyton Reed will be returning. Recently Reed teased that the film will be “much bigger, more sprawling movie”. With Kang involved, it sounds like it’s going to be.