Following SDCC’s Kang the Conqueror confirmation, Kevin Feige explains how the Multiverse Saga’s big bag is differs from the Infinity Saga’s Thanos.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains what makes the MCU Multiverse Saga’s Kang different than the Infinity Saga’s Thanos. The Mad Titan and his genocidal agenda loomed over the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first three phases. Even before Loki and Sylvie came face-to-face with He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) – a variant of Nathaniel Richards and Kang the Conqueror – it was long rumored that Kang would become the MCU’s next big bad following Avengers: Endgame.
The season finale of Disney+’s Loki saw Sylvie kill He Who Remains, liberate the Sacred Timeline, and supposedly unleash infinite devils. Despite the upcoming appearance of Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and multiversal storylines of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans have still wondered about the direction of the MCU and its next big bad. At San Diego Comic-Con, Feige and company laid out Marvel Studios’ plans for Phase 5 and 6, including Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars in 2025, while finally confirming Kang has replaced Thanos as the Multiverse Saga’s big bad.
In a SDCC interview with Phase Zero, Feige compares Josh Brolin’s Thanos to Majors’ Kang. While saying there’s “nobody’s shoulders [he’d] rather be putting the Multiverse Saga on,” Marvel Studios’ president explains how Majors is playing “many, many different characters.” Read the full quote below:
It’s really impressive what Jonathan Majors is able to do. And all the different incarnations, Variants, if you will, of Kang that we will see him do. It’s really pretty cool… What I love is that he’s totally different than Thanos. That he’s completely different, that it’s not just, ’How ‘bout… is there a bigger purple guy with a helmet.’ That’s not… you know, that’s not what Kang is. Kang is a very different type of villain and the fact that he is many, many different characters is what’s most exciting and most differentiates him.
In Loki, He Who Remains recalled how he and other versions of himself discovered the multiverse in the 31st century, which ultimately resulted in a multiversal war won by his “pure of heart” Richards/Kang, who established the Time Variance Authority to stave off other variants of himself. His death simultaneously freed all of those variants, with one of them immediately becoming the new ruler of the TVA. Presumably, the version of Kang that appears in Ant-Man 3 won’t be the same variant messing with Loki and Mobius in Loki season 2.
Whereas Brolin technically played two Thanos variants, the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame Mad Titans shared the same experiences up to a certain point. Being that the MCU‘s multiverse is infinite, Majors will likely be tasked with playing drastically different versions of Richards, Kang, Immortus, etc. It’ll be interesting to see Majors playing characters at war with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and each other. With Secret Wars confirmed as the Multiverse Saga’s Endgame, audiences may see He Who Remains victorious once again in 2025.
Source: Phase Zero/YouTube
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- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
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