Jonathan Majors is crushing it. From his breakout role in last year’s Last Black Man in San Francisco to Da 5 Bloods to Lovecraft Country, the dude is on a roll. And now he is doing the thing it seems every breakout star does: he is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Majors is set to play a villain in Ant-Man 3, which will, presumably, film next year. This particular villain is rumored to be Kang the Conqueror, a BIG DEAL Marvel villain, who will undoubtedly be a major piece of the next several years’ worth of Marvel storytelling. Joining Ant-Man 3 is whatever—I enjoy those movies, but let’s not pretend they’re Marvel’s crown jewel—but if Majors is playing Kang the Conqueror, he will go on to bigger and better under the Marvel tent.
Kang being introduced in an Ant-Man movie is kinda weird, though, because Ant-Man isn’t a character often associated with Kang. He’s better known as a villain for Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers, so my assumption is that Kang, a time-traveler, is going to get pulled into the Marvel world via some quantum realm hijinks. My wild guess is that Ant-Man 3 is actually going to be a kind of back-door pilot for the Fantastic Four, who will probably have connections to Hank Pym and/or Janet Van Dyne, and might even be introduced as interdimensional/time travelers themselves. The only way putting Kang the Conqueror in an Ant-Man movie makes sense is if it ties in some way to Hank and Janet, who are old friends of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, who have been missing (in time and space) these many years. Ant-Man 3 just got a lot more interesting—though it was a low bar to clear—and I can’t wait to see what Jonathan Majors, who is freaking great in everything, does with a supervillain role.
In related Ant-Man news, Paul Rudd is still The Best and would like everyone to wear a mask: