Kevin Feige Explains Why Kang Is The Perfect MCU Villain
Kang is coming.
The multiversal super villain will make his next appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, setting the stage for the next great MCU threat.
According to Marvel head Kevin Feige, Kang’s arrival has been in the works for a long time.
“For years, we’ve always had the inkling that Kang would be an amazing follow-up to Thanos. He’s got that equal stature in the comics, but he’s a completely different villain. Mainly, that’s because he’s multiple villains. He’s so unique from Thanos, which we really liked.”
The MCU’s Highest Testing Villain Ever
While Jonathan Majors debuted Kang in Season 1 of Loki, Quantumania will be Kang’s first time to really shine as a villain. Feige even claims that Major’s supervillain was the highest testing villain that Marvel had ever had.
“in the early days of Quantumania [test audiences], Jonathan started to pop in a big way. He’s the highest-testing villain we’ve ever had in any of our friends and families [screenings]. That’s really saying something with a movie like this. Even early on without the effects, Jonathan is his own effect. He was working from the start.”
When you consider the pantheon of great Marvel villains, topping the likes of Thanos, Killmonger, Loki, and Vulture is no easy task.
Knowing that Kang would be a pivotal villain in Marvel’s future, Feige and his team wanted to introduce the threat alongside characters that Marvel fans already knew. That made Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania the perfect film to properly introduce the character.
Jonathan Majors Shines
When it came to casting Kang, Jonathan Majors blew Marvel producers away. According to Feige, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco was a huge reason we cast him. [Quantumania director] Peyton Reed was a proponent of Jonathan’s from the very start. We knew we were casting him for at least Loki season 1 and Quantumania at the same time. Working with both the Loki team and Peyton and the Quantumania team, we thought Jonathan would be incredible for their different incarnations of those characters. And spoiler: He was.”
As the story lines of the MCU’s Phase 5 and 6 weave together, Kang will be an omnipresent threat. Although every release in these phase’s won’t directly feature the conqueror, his presence will still loom large.
The conflict will then come to a head in Avengers: Secret Wars. A prospect that has fans giddy with excitement.
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