Watch: Jonathan Majors talks to Yahoo about Creed III and the Avengers
And beyond that, Majors – who plays Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – will wage war on The Avengers in the upcoming ensemble picture Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. It’s a challenge he is very much looking forward to.
“There's so many of them,” he tells Yahoo UK when asked about what excites him about taking on cinema’s favourite superhero team.
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“When you're an adversary, you are going up against the popular thing, be that Adonis, be that Loki, be that the Avengers. You're tasked with a job to oppose them all properly. It’s a bit of a love language to understand how to make [an] impact.”
Majors uses a military comparison to explain his point: “If you have a navy fighting the Air Force, there’s no combat. [You need] navy against navy. When you’re playing an antagonist, you need to be able to adapt to whoever it is you’re coming across.”
“[The Avengers] is a huge opportunity for an actor,” he continues. “It's a lot of fun. Where you have one choice, or one set of choices, when dealing with an Ant-Man or a Loki or Creed, with the potential of the Avengers picture, depending on how many of them there are, I get to adapt to potentially each and every one of them, which is a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun.”
When Yahoo jokes that maybe Majors will hopefully win this battle, he responds with a laugh: “They don't like to let me win, apparently. I'm actually [zero] for three!”
Despite being one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, Majors — who was previously nominated for an Emmy for his work on Lovecraft Country — continues to balance taking on blockbusters and independent projects, including the upcoming Sundance sensation Magazine Dream, about an aspiring bodybuilder.
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“Everyone else sees it as a balancing act; I see that as a job,” he says of doing both larger scale and smaller movies. “It's what I love doing. The preparation isn’t different. The objective is not different for me as an artist. So hopefully, we get to a place where I just get to work and there is no label of, ‘Oh, he does independent films,’ or. ‘No, he does [this].”
“That's an artist, when you can oscillate. I don't judge it. And so hopefully over time it becomes the norm. You can get pigeonholed as a movie star, and is that a good thing? I don't know.
"You can get pigeonholed as an indie darling. Or you can be seen for what you are, which is a human being who tells stories – wherever they ask me to.”
Creed III is in cinemas and IMAX from 3 March. Watch a trailer below.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is currently scheduled to reach cinemas 2 May, 2025.