Marvel put out an Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumnaia featurette to give fans a taste of what the time-traveling Kang’s plan is for the heroes of the MCU before Quantumnaia comes out.
Jonathan Majors, the star of HBO’s Lovecraft Country and the recent Korean War drama Devotion, will play Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3, taking over for Josh Brolin’s Thanos as the new big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, the Marvel featurette shows what Kang the Conqueror wants to do.
The video starts in the Quantum Realm, where Katy O’Brian’s character, Jentorra, tells Paul Rudd’s character, Scott Lang/Ant-Man, that he comes from above like “him” and that “he” will burn the world trying to find him. The featurettes for Ant-Man 3 teased a more fun-filled adventure, but this opening has a more ominous feel. When Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) asks Jentorra who she’s talking about, she says “The conqueror” in two words. The piece then cuts to Kevin Feige wearing his now-iconic baseball cap saying that Kang the Conqueror is the new iconic villain in the MCU. It then cuts to a shot of Majors as Kang relaxing in a huge golden egg chair.
Peyton Reed, who directed all three Ant-Man movies, says, “We knew we wanted to go places we’d never been before, and putting Ant-Man up against a major villain felt perfect.” He says this while showing a clip of Ant-Man being held by Kang and levitated against a wall. Rudd says that even though people saw a version of Kang the Conqueror in the Disney Plus show Loki, the Kang in Quantumania is a totally different kind of guy. Feige explains that Kang is actually an infinite number of different people. He also hints that Kang’s biggest enemy might be himself. He then gives Majors a compliment, saying that he is the only actor who can pull off those changes.
In this version of Kang the Conqueror, the last act is about what he wants to do. He wants to get back at those who kicked him out of his world and burn them out of existence. It’s a bold and surprising plan, and Majors ends on a fun note by saying, “Ant-Man vs. Kang.” Here we are. “Everyone is going to go crazy!”
At the end of the clip, there is a montage of action shots, and Kang looks at a hurt Ant-Man and tells him he’s not good enough. When Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania comes out, people will find out if that’s true.