How do you reset the chess board after Thanos essentially knocked every piece off the board? It’s pretty simple, really. You take what makes the next villain so different — like, say, Kang’s inherent humanity — and lean into that for all it’s worth. That’s the plan according to “Quantumania” (and “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty”) writer Jeff Loveness, who spoke to SFX Magazine to explain what makes Kang so unique:
“To me it’s all about the humanity. Obviously Thanos is a great, iconic villain, but he’s also a big purple CGI guy. He’s an alien from outer space. The thing I really wanted to lean into is that Kang is a human being.”
Part of being human, of course, means that even the character’s most fearsome qualities must be rooted in something completely relatable. Hence, Loveness called him a “very lonely” figure, imbuing him with “vulnerability” before we see him fully unleashed in the next “Avengers” flick. He went on to explain:
“Kang is a top-tier, A-list Avengers villain. What do you do when you feel you’re not enough against that? How do you step up to face the challenge of this generation, who is Thanos on an exponential level? He’s almost this infinite Thanos. I think we’re setting things up for a pretty dynamic story. As I’m building to ‘Avengers’ I want it to feel like a generational struggle […] And now I think it’s time to put the pedal to the gas again, and really take all these new characters that we like and throw them into the fire.”
Thought nothing could compare to the havoc wreaked on the Avengers by Thanos? Think again! “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” will set the record straight when it hits theaters on February 17, 2023.