Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Major, made a splash when his Disney+ debut in Loki’s Season Finale. Sylvie’s Sacred Timeline was shattered by a multiversal villain known as He Who Remains, who appeared as a Variant. While the full ramifications of Majors’ jovial antagonist’s death have yet to be felt, it’s safe to say that the shock waves from Loki Season 1’s final moments will reverberate for years to come.
Kang’s MCU future is not too far from now. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will star alongside Paul Rudd as the villainous Quantum, who has already been confirmed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nevertheless, what drew Majors to this blue-faced comic villain? It appears that the Loki actor has finally spoken out about the matter.
It was Kang’s “significance… in the MCU” that drew Jonathan Majors to the role, he revealed in a recent interview with Collider:
“And when I looked at the significance of Kang in the MCU, I agreed to the role the same way I agreed to any other film that I do.”
With each role, he said that his first thought is whether or not “the world (can) move forward without them:”
“Can the world move forward without them? Can the scene move forward without them?…If it can then I’m okay, and if it can’t then it’s something I want to take on.”
He also said that he doesn’t know a lot about Kang’s MCU future, but that he likes where Marvel is starting with him:
“Well, I [know] what everyone else [knows]. And still do, actually. You know where it’s like this is the role, and this is where we’re starting. That’s as far as we got, and that was enough for me. To try and understand who this character was.”
We can’t wait to see what Jonathan Majors says about his upcoming MCU role in the comments section below. As previously reported, Kang will play an essential role in the next batch of Marvel Studios movies, but this essentially confirms it. Majors may not know precisely how Kang’s role in the MCU will play out, but the fact that he emphasizes Kang’s “[significance] in the MCU” suggests that he knows more than he is telling. At the very least, Feige and the Marvel execs must have given him a general idea of what they have in store for him.
When Majors talked about how he chooses a role, that was a key takeaway from the interview. He’s taking this Marvel thing seriously if he’s making a set of questions and only trying to put pen to paper on projects he can justify. There is no doubt that Majors is a professional actor who would never have taken on the role if there was any doubt in his mind that he could make a significant contribution to the MCU’s canon.