Jeff Loveness says the Avengers Endgame time travel plot forced him to change key details about Kang for Any-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Avengers: Kang Dynasty Writer Jeff Loveness has revealed why he had to update the MCU’s next big bad.
Loveness spoke to SFX magazine about bringing Kang to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While a version of the villain was played by Jonathan Majors already on Loki, Ant Man 3 will put the Time Lord front and center as he takes on Scott Lang and his family. Given Kang’s decades of comic book history, the writer was asked if he dug into the archives when crafting the MCU’s take on the iconic character.
Loveness said he went “Too deep, too deep!” in comic book lore, adding, “I got into the Rama-Tut and Scarlet Centurion stuff, trying to work my way through that, and Heavenly Madonna with Mantis! That’s the joy of the character. He’s just this infinite serpent eating infinite tails, a man literally at war with himself.” But the writer cautioned that he was also careful to make the character his own: “I’ve definitely taken a ton from the comics, but the joy of these films is that you can also put a bit of yourself into them. even… You have to use that as a base and then throw a curve ball.”
Kang’s Time Travel
While LokiHe Who Remains isn’t a Kang variant in the comics, Pharaoh Rama-Tut and the Scarlet Centurion are. It’s unclear how many versions of the rogue Majors will play in the MCU, but rumor has it that Loki Season 2 will feature another variation of Kang. When it comes to the big screen, Kang’s time-traveling adventures had to be altered somewhat – thanks to Avengers: Endgame and its time-hopping plot.
“I’ve never seen a character travel through time with such complexity and exploration. I’m a little disappointed because End of Game did so much time travel so you almost need to expand it a bit too, maybe expand a bit more to the multiverse, the dimensionality of the character, the limitless freedom that they have while being completely uprooted of his time and himself,” Loveness said. “Is it all going to fall apart again because another version of him can destroy him as well? What’s the point of building Rome if you’re going to burn it the next day, because they want to have their own Rome?”
Given that Phases 5 and 6 of the MCU will focus heavily on the multiverse, it makes sense that Kang’s own area of expertise would shift to accommodate. What will this mean for Quantum and The Kang Dynasty It’s unclear, but it won’t be long before Ant-Man’s next adventure showcases the MCU’s take on the villainous Avengers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters February 17.
Source: SFX, via The Direct