‘Ant-Man 3’ Adds ‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors As Kang The Conqueror

Man, there’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s just start with the basics. Marvel has apparently signed Jonathan Majors to star in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, joining Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. If you don’t know Majors, it’s time to start paying attention. He broke out with last year’s Captive State and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which led to him starring in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and HBO’s hit series, Lovecraft Country. He’s becoming a very big deal, and that’s why Marvel came calling.

Deadline reports Majors will be playing Kang the Conqueror, an A+ villain in the Marvel Universe, who has plagued the Avengers throughout the past, present, and future. Kang is a time traveler, obviously, and one who uses what he knows of the timelines to control everyone and everything around him.

The thing about Kang is that he has appeared in many different forms. His future self,  known as Immortus, has also manipulated time to suit his own ends. But it’s Kang’s younger self, Iron Lad, that is of particular interest here. Iron Lad takes inspiration from Iron Man and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, becoming a member of the heroic team known as the Young Avengers.

As many have speculated in the past, we could be seeing the formation of the Young Avengers in the MCU. Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie, is also a member of the team. Over in the Disney+ series, WandaVision, Scarlet Witch and Vision appear to be starting a family. Their two children, Speed and Wiccan, are also members of the squad. Another team member, Kate Bishop, will be starring in the Hawkeye series on Disney+, as well.

It’s all coming together, isn’t it? All of the time manipulation that went on in Avengers: Endgame could have set this up, and I’m dying to see where it goes.

Ant-Man 3 will have a script by Rick & Morty‘s Jeff Loveness, and could open in 2022.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.