Iconic Marvel villain to make MCU debut in Ant-Man 3; is he the next Big Bad?

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Thanos' armor..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019
Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Thanos' armor..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019 /

Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors has been cast in Ant-Man 3 and it sounds like he’s set to bring Marvel’s Kang The Conqueror to the MCU. But is Kang the next Thanos?

Ant-Man 3 is one of the few direct ties the upcoming phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have to its earlier incarnation in a post-Endgame world. Though not much is known about the film at the moment, it will reunite stars Paul Rudd and Evageline Lilly as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp.

However, things have become that much more real for the future project as Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors has been cast in a co-leading role – and, according to Deadline, he is believed to be playing none other than Kang The Conqueror.

Introduced all the way back in the early ’60s, Kang has gone on to make a huge impact within the pages of Marvel Comics ever since. Originally introduced as a possible descendent of Reed Richards, Nathaniel Richards was a 31st-century scholar who used time travel to travel back to ancient Egypt to become the Pharaoh Rama-Tut.

After being overthrown, he travels to the future and accidentally goes too far, ending up in a desolate warscape – during which he became Kang The Conqueror. Following that, he takes it upon himself to travel back in time to the present day so that he could actually rule over a thriving earth – something that puts him in the crosshairs of the likes of The Avengers and the Fantastic Four.

Could Ant-Man 3 introduce the next MCU Big Bad?

To say that Kang could become the next major villain of the MCU is quite the understatement. No doubt he’d have big shoes to fill after Thanos dominated the Infinity Saga, but he’d certainly be up for the task.

His connection to time travel certainly makes him feel – for lack of a better term – timely. After all, the concept played a huge role in Avengers: Endgame as The Avengers had to use it to stop Thanos. And considering that it was Ant-Man who introduced the concept to the team of heroes, that makes his unexpected connection to Kang make that much more sense.

Kang The Conqueror is just that: A conqueror. He’d definitely make for a formidable foe capable of carrying the next chapters of the MCU as its primary villain. Moreover, he could also be the one responsible for finally introducing the Fantastic Four.

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Are you looking forward to Ant-Man 3? Do you think Kang The Conqueror has MCU Big Bad vibes? What are you expecting from Phase 4? Let us know in the comments below!