So… Kang. Let’s deal with this straight out of the gate…
The show also unveiled the multiverse as a concept for the first time in the MCU. Kang will serve as the primary villain in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, with Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness dropping a big clue in the title.
Kate Herron, the director of all six episodes, has revealed that she worked with Ant-Man director Peyton Reed on the casting, and that they began the process a long time ago:
“I was so excited that I got to be part of the conversation about the casting of his character with the studio and Peyton [Reed]. It was a massive honor and very exciting, and he’s just an actor that we all loved.
[The character’s appeal is] in the writing, in the sense, that we want to know who is behind the Citadel and who could be there. I think the exciting thing was he tells this story about his past and who he is.
For me beyond that, then, it’s, which actor are we going to bring in? Because it’s got to be an actor with a presence that immediately grabs you, because not every actor can do that, and Jonathan is one of the best actors out there.
The fact that we got him to do this, I was just so happy because I was like, ‘We’re gonna be in really safe hands now.’ He just commands attention. That for me was the real key thing for me, just getting the casting right.”
Of course, this means Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors, the actor behind Kang, is already playing multiple versions of the character with filming we’ll underway on the next phase of the MCU.
He told Entertainment Weekly that others will be different, and not to expect them to be anything like the Loki iteration of Kang:
“There’s more smiling in that one performance than there has been in my other performances combined. It’s just what it calls for. I’m a classically trained clown. That’s part of my training. I’ve been at it for a long time, and to be able to exercise that was a lot of fun.”
Loki has been renewed for season 2, with the third Ant-Man due out in February 2023.