'Ant-Man 3' Casts 'Lovecraft Country' Star Jonathan Majors as Villain

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Sources say he will play Kang the Conqueror.

The cast of Ant-Man 3 is getting bigger. Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors is joining the next installment of the Marvel Studios franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Sources say Majors will play the classic villain Kang the Conqueror. A time-traveling despot from the far-future, Kang the Conqueror debuted as a villain in Marvel’s The Avengers No. 8 in 1964. He’s intricately connected to the larger mythology of Marvel’s superhero universe, with ties to villains from Doctor Doom to Rama-Tut and even Thanos, courtesy of a feud with Nebula in 1990s comic continuity, and has faced off with everyone from the Fantastic Four through Spider-Man at one time or another.

Majors, who plays Atticus "Tic" Freeman in HBO's Lovecraft Country and was onscreen in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods earlier this year, joins leading man Paul Rudd in the film. Peyton Reed is back in the director's chair after helming the previous two installments — 2015's Ant-Man and 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp. Rick & Morty writer Jeff Loveness is penning the script.

Marvel, which declined to comment, has not yet set a release date for Ant-Man 3.

"The third Ant-Man movie is going to be a much bigger, more sprawling movie than the first two," Reed said earlier this month of the film. "It's going to have a very different visual template."

Majors is repped by CAA.

Updated to note Majors will play Kant the Conqueror.