Jonathan Majors, the actor who brings He Who Remains to life in Loki, will apparently be bringing a lot more versions of the character to the big and small screens than anyone expected, and he might not be alone.
In the Season 1 finale of Loki, Jonathan Majors plays the man behind the proverbial curtain controlling the Time Variance Authority (TVA). While no one in the episode utters the name Kang, Majors was confirmed last year to be playing the time-traveling villain in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, and was rumored to be a part of Loki before the series aired. Loki’s variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) murders Kang before the credits roll, but he warns killing him will only bring back potentially infinite number of his variants that existed before the final Kang pruned their timelines.
Now We Got This Covered is reporting that Jonathan Majors may be a lot busier than we expected for the next few years because the Kang we will eventually meet in Quantumania promises to be only one of many. Fans of Loki will no doubt remember the many versions of the eponymous god of mischief introduced before the end of the series. Even the version of Loki we follow for most of the Disney+ series is a variant, as the version from the prime MCU timeline dies at the hands of Thanos in the opening moments of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Likewise, WGTC’s sources tell the site that as many as 10 different versions of Kang will be appearing during Phase 4 of the MCU.
There is no word yet on how many of these variants will be played by Jonathan Majors. Loki’s variants, after all, are played by a bunch of different actors, including Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, and a CGI alligator.
One possibility is that some or all of these Kang variants will be part of the Council of Kangs. In fact, four days before Jonathan Majors appeared in the Loki Season 1 finale, Inverse theorized the council might show up. First appearing in 1986’s Avengers #267, the council’s mission is similar to that of the Kang we meet in Loki, though not exactly the same. Made up of Kangs from across Marvel’s multiverse, the council judges the merits of different Kangs and erases the variants it deems unworthy. For example, in 2020’s Spider-Ham #4 — set in the same world of anthropomorphized animals that Spider-Ham of 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hails from — the Kang variant named Kangaroo the Conqueror is judged harshly by the council.
Likewise, in the source material, Kang has appeared under many different names, just as Jonathan Majors’ character says of himself in Loki. He has been known as the Scarlet Centurion, as the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Rama-Tut, an older and wiser version of himself called Immortus, and even Iron Lad — one of the founding Young Avengers. While it’s only speculation — as Games Radar points out in their theory about the Young Avengers’ MCU introduction — Iron Lad is perhaps one of the most likely candidates for a Phase 4 MCU appearance. Cassie Lang of the Ant-Man films, Isaiah Bradley’s grandson Elijah in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Kid Loki of Loki, and the young Maximoff twins of WandaVision are all Young Avengers in the comics. Considering how many members of the comic book team have been introduced, why wouldn’t Iron Lad make an appearance?