In a major announcement, Jonathan Majors (LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, DA 5 BLOODS) is now headed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in a major way, no pun intended. Majors has joined the sequel to ANT-MAN AND THE WASP in a lead role and according to sources at DEADLINE, it as the super-villain, KANG THE CONQUEROR.
The sources close to the trad also mentioned that there could be a twist with how the character of Kang is featured in future films, but as of now he is likely to be one of the main villains in the next installment in the franchise. In the comics Kang is a time-traveling entity who had battles with everyone from Thor to Spider-Man to the entire Avengers team.
Peyton Reed who has directed the first two ANT-MAN films is returning to helm the third one which stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.
Another interesting fact about the character is that he is a possible descendant of the FANTASTIC FOUR’s Reed Richards from the future more so the 31st century. So this may have a tie-in to the future FF film in the MCU but we have to see.
It seems as if Marvel’s first family will be making their arrival into the MCU sooner than thought by many. Rumor is circulating that the Fantastic Four will make their MCU feature film arrival in 2022.
That’s only three years away which means this has had the wheels in motion for some time leading up to the closing on the Disney acquisition of Fox. The rumor comes courtesy of the GWW, which states that Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige are planning to put the first family back on the big screen in 2022. Which would be the latest shot at after two movies from Tim Story, and the lets just say OTHER version directed by Josh Trank.
The report from the GWW mentions thatAnt-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed is pitching his own concept for the characters, which we’ve known for a while now because Reed has never been shy about his love for the characters. The biggest part in the story is the timeline which comes as the shock.
In case you were curious as to how Reed would introduce the heroes, Reed spoke at a COLLIDER Q&A of Ant-Man and the Waspand broke down his idea for the group,
“I developed it for about a year and we went through some different permutations and some different writers, but yes, one of the big ideas was a set-in-the-’60s thing that at the time was structurally gonna be basically like [The Beatles’ 1964 comedy-musical] A Hard Day’s Night, where we were not going to even deal with the origin story,” Reed said.
“It was just going to be like you’re in Downtown Manhattan and they’re there. It was a pretty exciting idea. At the time — again this was 2002 or ’03 — early on, way pre-MCU, I felt like Fox was not gonna make it.”
Hopefully we will get some sort of confirmation on this at this year’s San Diego Comic Con from Marvel.