Jonathan Majors’ very good year could turn into a great couple of Phases for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
Majors, the breakout star of the hit HBO series Lovecraft Country, has been tapped for a lead role in the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled third entry in the Ant-Man series, according to Deadline. Although Marvel Studios is currently remaining mum on what role Majors will be playing, sources close to the publication are tossing up an extremely intriguing name: Kang the Conqueror, an iconic and insanely powerful Marvel villain with strong ties to the Fantastic Four.
If you’re not familiar with Majors, don’t worry — you soon will be. He may have been on screen for less than a decade, but in the last couple years or so, he’s really out the pedal to the metal with his career. In 2019 alone, he appeared in no fewer than four features: The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Captive State, Gully, and Jungleland. In 2020, he’s been at the center of a couple of hot properties with Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods and Lovecraft Country, which has been generating lively conversation and critical raves since it debuted in August 2020.
Those projects raised Majors’ profile considerably, but do you know what will really boost a young actor’s name recognition? You guessed it — a starring role in the MCU, the single biggest film franchise of all time. Ant-Man 3 director Peyton Reed (who, incidentally, will become the first MCU director to complete a trilogy) has teased that the third solo vehicle for Marvel’s smallest hero will be… well, bigger in scale than the films that came before it, telling Collider last month to expect a “sprawling movie” with a “very different visual template.” If indeed Kang the Conqueror is to be involved, it’s quite safe to say that Reed was not just whistling Dixie.
It’s all speculation at this point, but if indeed Majors will be portraying Kang in Ant-Man 3, two things are certain. First, the Mighty Marvel has made yet another stellar casting choice. Second, the Avengers are in big, big trouble. Stay tuned, as we’ll be keeping our finger on the pulse of this story.