Warning: Potential spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ahead.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was Marvel moviegoers’ first extensive look at the the warrior variant of Kang, or Kang the Conqueror, and even though the film did devote a fair amount of screen time delving into Kang the Conqueror’s past, apparently big portions of Jonathan Majors’ Kang backstory were removed from the final cut of the movie.
“There was a lot more Kang backstory, a lot more Kang lore that didn’t get in there that we thought was maybe distracting or better served in an Avengers movie,” explained Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (and writer of the upcoming Avengers: Kang Dynasty) writer Jeff Loveness in a video interview with BackStory Magazine. “Who beat him? What happened? The pitch in general was: What happens when Julius Caesar is assassinated by fifty Julius Caesars? I do think that is really cool, but I do think that could have slowed the pace of the movie.”
Loveness also revealed other deleted portions of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which involved the film’s ending and why it was changed in order to make sure it wasn’t simply copying the ending to the previous Ant-Man film, as well as the storyline in Avengers: Endgame.
“Yeah, absolutely. That was all stuff we debated, and on paper, it seemed thrilling,” Loveness told Variety “But at the end of the day, we’d literally be copying the exact same beat from the end of the last ‘Ant-Man’ movie. There also weren’t a lot of ways to go that were different from ‘Endgame.’ If Scott gets trapped in the Quantum Realm like he does in the last movie’s ending, then the only way to go is that he gets out of the Quantum Realm like he does in ‘Endgame.'”
Do you think it was the right decision to remove portions of Jonathan Majors’ Kang backstory from Ant-Man 3? Or would more Kang backstory have ameliorated the film overall? Let us know what you think in the comments.