With the Marvel Cinematic Universe temporarily on hold right now due to the ongoing global pandemic, we’ve finally got an update on the ‘big bad’ of Ant-Man 3.
Via Deadline, Jonathan Majors is being lined up to play Kang the Conqueror in this third Ant-Man offering. Majors is currently wowing in HBO’s stunning Lovecraft Country, and it’s believed that Kang could well end up having a role in post-Ant-Man 3 movies.
For those not familiar with Kang, this all-powerful villain first appeared way back in October 1963’s Fantastic Four #19. Created by the iconic duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Kang the Conqueror is a time-travelling warlord who has battled a who’s who of Marvel’s finest heroes.
Up until Disney assimilated Fox, Kang was actually off the table for the MCU as usage of the character was tied to the Fantastic Four characters. Since Disney picked up Fox, though, like the FF and the X-Men, Kang is now available for use in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At this stage, Ant-Man 3 has yet to be given an official release date, although the film is expected to be part of the MCU’s Phase Five.
Right now, the next MCU movie on the horizon is Black Widow. Originally scheduled for a May 2020 release, that film has been pushed back and pushed back due to COVID-19, with the current plan being for Black Widow to hit UK screens on October 28.
Elsewhere, the MCU has Eternals lined up for February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings set for May 7, 2021, a Spider-Man: Far From Home follow-up booked for December 17, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 11, 2022, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for March 25, 2022.
Those films are all Phase Four offerings, and the only Phase Five pictures with set releases dates right now are Black Panther II on May 6, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 on July 8, 2022.
Of course, all of these release dates could end up being altered.