In the February 2023 issue of Total Film, Jonathan Majors explained that he considered his “Loki” and Quantumania” characters two entirely different people. Majors even addresses both characters by separate names. While they’re technically the same person, Majors sees them as separate, unique variants — meaning his performance as Kang will be different in “Quantumania”:
“I’m so radical about my language around it because I say, He Who Remains is He Who Remains. I don’t even call him Kang. He may or may not be a Kang variant. I leave my mind open to think that Kang the Conqueror may be a He Who Remains variant. It has to be that lucid for me to keep it going. But, no, there are no similarities between the two roles. I did play Kang the Conqueror second … I didn’t even look at the He Who Remains template regarding Kang. On purpose.”
Just watching the trailers for “Quantumania,” it’s clear that Majors is bringing an intense bravado and carrying himself differently to distinguish his two MCU characters. The more energetic and ominous playful nature of He Who Remains has seemingly been replaced with a stoic and determined Kang. Marvel has played with casting different actors for different variants in “Loki,” but they’ve made the right move in keeping the same actor for Kang and all of his variants.