They may both be purple, but the MCU villains Thanos and Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror couldn’t be further apart according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
“What I love is that [Kang is] Totally different than Thanos. He is completely different. It’s not just that there’s a bigger purple guy with a helmet, that’s not who Kang is,” Feige told ComicBook.com. (opens in a new tab) following an SDCC panel that revealed a wave of new movies and shows, including Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Feige points to the many different versions of Kang (his first incarnation, He Who Remains, appeared during Loki’s ending) as the driving force behind Kang offering something new as the next Big Bad after Thanos.
“Kang is a very different kind of villain and the fact that he is many, many different characters is what is most exciting and what sets him apart the most,” Feige said.
We have yet to see Jonathan Majors’ Kang in action, but those who attended Comic-Con were treated to images showing off the Marvel villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. There, Kang threatened Scott Lang. He seemed more sinister than Loki, and he wore a purple robe. For more on the trailer, check out our full look from inside Hall H.
Marvel also announced several new projects during its Comic-Con panel. A Daredevil series was introduced, Captain America 4 got a title, Blade now has a release date, and we also got our first look at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever thanks to an emotional trailer.
But it’s Kang, it seems, who will command the spotlight in the newly dubbed Multiverse Saga, just as Thanos was the center of attention in Phase 1-3 of the Infinity Saga. For more on what else was revealed, check out our guide to all of SDCC’s Marvel announcements.