We who live in orbit of the MCU have been mulling over the matter of Kang for quite a while. Right on the heels of Avengers: Endgame, we began to wonder whether all that timeline-shifting would result in dimensional rifts. As we know now, thanks to the finale of Loki, where there come rifts, there comes Kang the Conqueror. It wasn’t until December 2020 that we heard official news that the character would be taking form in the franchise; specifically, in the forthcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, where he’d be played by Jonathan Majors. Once that news hit us, we wondered if we might get a preliminary introduction in one of Disney+’s Marvel shows. We were wrong about WandaVision, but Loki ended up making good on the promise of He Who Remains.
The final episode of Loki introduced us to one of countless variants of Kang. The character took form as a chatty, well-mannered, Machiavellian diplomat with a proclivity for eating apples painfully slowly. And all his charisma can be thanked to the acting prowess of Jonathan Majors. But as a discussion in Entertainment Weekly has revealed, this wasn’t the only role that Majors played on Loki. As it turns out, he lent his voice to the Time Keepers, the would-be rulers of the TVA.
Loki showrunner Kate Herron told EW that she took advantage of Majors’ talent when casting the unseen Time Keepers.
“Something that was really fun for me was we hadn’t, for example, cast the voice of the Time Keepers yet, because you know Wizard of Oz was an obvious reference of ours. I was like, ‘Oh, let’s get Jonathan to do it, because he’s an amazing character actor,'” she said. “We sent him the art of all the characters and it was really fun [because] he was sending us all of these different voices he could do for each character, which was great.”
You may know Majors for turns in Lovecraft Country or The Last Black Man in San Francisco. If you haven’t seen his previous work, know that He Who Remains is just a taste of his talent; that he provided numerous distinct voices to Loki should only prove that further. We’re excited to see Majors embody Kang full force in Quantumania and, presumably, Loki season two. It was worth waiting on the Conqueror if it meant an actor like Majors bringing him to life.
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