Director Peyton Reed Explains How Kang is Different Than Thanos in “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania”

In February, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go on when Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theaters. This will be a new adventure for Ant-Man and company, a much bigger and more consequential one perhaps than he has ever gone on before. Director Peyton Reed spoke at Brazil’s CCXP 2022 this week and shared about how the new villain for Phase 5 of the MCU, Kang, will be different than Thanos. While Reed did share about differences, he really didn’t reveal much about Kang either. Read what he had to say below:

“We’re starting off Phase 5 in a big, big way. This is the biggest adventure that Ant-Man and Wasp have ever gone on. We’re going to strange places and we’re encountering an antagonist that’s unlike anything they’ve ever experienced — and that includes Thanos. I think that He Who Remains in Loki is very different than Kang the Conqueror in our movie. They’re Variants, but they’re extremely different people. Kang is someone who has dominion over time, but he conserves his energy. He’s a very, very scary character to deal with, as Ant-Man and Wasp will find out first hand.”

Kang coming in as the new villain could bring an entirely new an unexpected threat to MCU. Where Thanos was all about overpowering his enemies, it appears that Kang could instead use the smarter not harder approach. This could lead to the use of intellect and technology to overcome foes that he acquires along the way. For if his onscreen version is anything like the comic version, he doesn’t actually possess any superpowers. Instead, he is a brilliant tactician.

While it isn’t known exactly what direction Kang’s character will take in the MCU, it definitely is clear that it will be a very different conflict for the Avengers than what they faced with Thanos. The reference by Reed of season 1 of Loki when He Who Remains, a Kang variant, showed up versus Kang the Conquerer gives just a hint of that. This could be a terrifying new villain for the MCU that will be very exciting to watch. The first look at what the future of the MCU will look like will be seen on February 17, 2023 when Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania arrives in theaters.

What do you think about this detail about Kang the Conquerer’s differences from Thanos? Are you excited to see Kang in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania in February? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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