Kang the Conqueror actor Jonathan Majors almost lost Marvel’s biggest villainous role since Thanos since Majors actually walked out of his first meeting with Marvel. After seeing him impress many critics in his performance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, can you imagine him not taking the role?
The actor has been popping up lately as he is also in Creed III. He was previously seen in films like Devotion and The Harder They Fall. The first time I actually noticed him was in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which got high praise from critics. I was just disappointed that the show only lasted one season.
Majors first appeared in the MCU as “He Who Remains” in Disney Plus’ Loki series. He Who Remains is a variant of Kang the Conqueror. While He Who Remains is not a major threat to the marvel universe, Kang is a different beast.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be his first appearance as Kang and will be Marvel’s main villain up until MCU’s Phase 6. Majors is set to reprise his role in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Jonathan Majors almost didn’t get the role because he had to wait for a long time to meet Marvel’s casting director.
Jonathan Majors Meeting Marvel
In an interview with Variety, Jonathan Majors said:
I hope this doesn’t bite me in the ass, but I walked out of my Marvel general [meeting]. This was a long time ago. I had just gotten out of drama school and I’m running around town and I’m sitting in the office. I grew up in a very particular way and I don’t want to waste nobody’s time. So I got in there and they’re just busy. And I was like, ‘I’m supposed to be here, right?’ It got long and I went, ‘I’m just going to go. It’s cool. I’ll just go.’
At this point, the actor walked out as he didn’t want to bother anyone’s busy schedule. Fortunately, he was stopped. Majors continued:
I got to the door, but then they said [casting director] Sarah Finn was going to come. We got in the room, and we chatted. We were having this great conversation. I think it was three years later that we had the Kang chat. And there’s no trepidation now, especially because of who Kang is. When I said yes, we got the whole picture, and what is being laid out is cohesive.
Jonathan Majors has a lot going for him. Actually, the entire Phase 5 and 6 will be on his shoulders. So far, we know he’s going to be in the two Avengers films. But we are expecting that he might show up on other Marvel projects before then.
Even if his character dies, Kang can always pop up because there are multiple versions of him in Marvel’s multiverse. In other words, it’s going to be difficult to completely eliminate Kang.
Jonathan Majors Meeting Marvel
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I do wonder how it would have turned out if he didn’t show up for the meeting. Who would have gotten the role? It’s hard to imagine anyone else since Jonathan Majors is impressive taking on the role.
Recently, Kevin Feige said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
In the early days of ‘Quantumania’ [test screenings], Jonathan started to pop in a big way. He’s the highest-testing villain we’ve ever had in any of our friends and families [screenings]. That’s really saying something with a movie like this. Even early on without the effects, Jonathan is his own effect. He was working from the start.
In other words, Jonathan Majors’ performance stands out and has impressed Feige. Considering Josh Brolin as Thanos was impressive, the character relied heavily on CG because of his huge stature. Majors didn’t need that, but still made an impression on the viewers.
Personally, I can’t wait to see more of Kang in the MCU.
Besides Majors’ Marvel projects, he is currently working on The Man in My Basement and 48 Hours in Vegas. He’ll be in Creed III opposite Michael B. Jordan.
What do you think would have happened if Jonathan Majors had been able to completely walk out of the Marvel meeting? Can you imagine anyone else in the role if that ever happened? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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