Jonathan Majors is having quite the year, the actor starred in this years Da 5 Bloods from Spike Lee and is the star of HBO’s hit series Lovecraft Country. Well, his year is just getting bigger, as he is set to join the MCU.
According to Deadline, Majors has been tapped for one of the lead roles in the next Ant-Man movie opposite Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily. It is not 100% confirmed who Majors is playing but Deadline’s sources are saying it’s likely super-villain Kang the Conquer.
The trades adds, that like with so many new characters in the MCU, there could be a twist with how the character is featured in future films, but as of now he is likely to be one of the main villains in the next installment in the franchise.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Kang the Conqueror is basically a time-displaced warlord who first appeared in The Avengers #8, way back in 1964. There have been several iterations of Kang since, which makes sense given that he’s constantly time-traveling and disrupting the time stream. Before he was Kang, he was Nathaniel Richards, a future descendant of the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards (though Nathaniel claims the villain Victor von Doom was his ancestor).
Production on Ant-Man 3 is expected to kick off production in June of 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia, with Peyton Reed returning to direct. The film was originally supposed to start production in early 2021 but fell prey to the COVID-19 outbreak, which stopped every working production. As some projects start up again, the normal flow process for studios should head back to normal in the coming months; with necessary precautions of course.
Details on the project are being kept under wraps, Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty) wrote the script. The Ant-Man franchise stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang aka Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne aka Wasp), Michael Dough (Dr. Hank Pym), and Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne) who are all expected to return to the heist-adventure film series. There have been previous rumors that the film could set up a Young Avenger film or series, and could even feature the villain MODOK aka Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.