Your Guide to Jonathan Majors's Kang and His Many, Many MCU Variants
Jonathan Majors entered the Marvel cinematic universe in season one of "Loki," and he's the most unique Marvel character yet. Officially, Majors plays Kang the Conqueror, but because the MCU is pretty focused right now on multiversal battles and drama, that means he's actually playing tons of variants of the same character, too.
The first one we met was his "Loki" season one character, "He Who Remains," and "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" introduces us to Kang the Conqueror himself. Ahead, we break down the role Majors has played in the MCU so far and where you can expect him to pop up in the future. (Spoiler: pretty much everywhere.)
Jonathan Majors in "Loki" Season 1: He Who Remains
Majors's MCU debut came in "Loki" season one, where he appeared as He Who Remains, the mystical head of the Time Variance Authority that controls the sacred timeline. He Who Remains is a variant of Kang. Though Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophie Di Martino) are variants targeted by the TVA and want its brutal rule to end, He Who Remains warns them that if they destroy the TVA, they'll unleash the multiverse — specifically variants of him from other timelines who are intent on conquering each other's worlds. Sylvie kills him anyway.
"We knew that we wanted this show to be huge, and we wanted it to really end with a bang and have a huge impact on the MCU moving forward," head writer Michael Waldron told Marvel.com in July 2021 when the episode aired. "Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-traveling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense."
He added, "You had to leave a lot of meat on the bone in terms of how evil he could be, because that's He Who Remains' whole thing, that it's not me who you should be afraid of. It's the other versions of me that are going to come. It was trying to really hint at that terrifying evil within without going all the way there."
Jonathan Majors in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania"
In "Quantumania," Majors plays Kang the Conqueror, who comes from some point in the future. Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) figures out that he wants to conquer the multiverse, but he says it's to put a stop to all the Kang variants who are trying to do the same thing. It's a similar motivation — but different action — than He Who Remains. Kang warns that he's seen how all of time ends, and the ending is not a happy one. He's defeated by the Ant-Family at the end of the film, and it seems this specific Kang variant will not return.
Jonathan Majors in the Future of the MCU: Kang Variants
As "Quantumania" teases in its end-credits scene, Majors is going to play seemingly endless Kang variants in MCU projects from here on out, including in "Loki" season two. We also know that the next Avengers movie, which will be released in the MCU's Phase 6, is subtitled "The Kang Dynasty." That movie is set to be released in 2025, so Majors is going to be wreaking havoc on the Marvel timelines for a long time.