Marvel is about to introduce what could be its most pivotal – and fearsome – character yet.
With the Infinity Saga officially over following 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, fans are patiently waiting for the next era of Marvel films, so they can see what surprises studio president Kevin Feige has in store.
Recent reports have claimed that the forthcoming third Ant-Man film will introduce a character named Kang the Conqueror, who will be played by Jonathan Majors.
Majors was most recently seen in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods and HBO series Lovecraft Country.
Those unfamiliar with the comics may be interested to know that Kang is actually one of the most powerful and important villains to have ever been created by Marvel.
His addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), while rumoured for some time, comes as a surprise considering it possibly reveals the direction the film series will be going in once it returns.
Essentially, Kang is a time-hopping antagonist who will no doubt appear as a consequence of the Avengers’ creation of alternate timelines in Endgame.
His character's power comes from the fact he can manipulate the course of history by freely moving through time.
Most importantly, Kang features in several character’s storylines, making him the natural successor to Thanos (Josh Brolin) as the MCU's main villain.
In news that wil serve as the most exciting for fans, Kang is primarily a character from the Fantastic Four comics, meaning that his introduction could set up their arrival.
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His ties to other factions also hints that Marvel could introduce the X-Men into the fold sooner than expected, as well as a young version of the Avengers, which includes Ant-Man's daughter, Cassie.
Backing up this is the fact that Kang’s ability to manipulate the course of history means he comes in different incarnations.
One such version is Iron Lad, who just happens to be leader of the young Avengers. Another version is Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who will be fronting his own TV show for Disney+ in 2021.
It sounds likely that Kang is also going to cause havoc for characters including Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
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