Character Focus: Kang the Conqueror
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Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania has garnered 14 million views and counting in the past 36 hours. We can all tell that this movie is gonna be huge because this directly affects the events leading to Avengers: Kang Dynasty.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Trailer Breakdown: What you have missed
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So by now, you can draft a new Marvel watch schedule that leads to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania before it hits theaters on February 17 next year.

But let us get to know the antagonist in this movie, Kang the Conqueror. This is about who he is, the people around him, how he came to be, and why the MCU chose him to be the big bad in the next phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Be advised that some are opinions and theories that may or may not lead to the whole plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Avengers: Kang Dynasty.

Kang above all Kangs

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Kang, in the comics, goes by many names throughout his lifetime or rather, “timeline” because he has been through many timelines as a different person. He is Iron Lad, Scarlet Centurion, Rama Tut, and many more but he mainly starts as Nathaniel Richards, ancestor of Reed Richards also known as Mr. Fantastic. Maybe this is where we see the Fantastic Four come in but that will be told in another story.

At the beginning of Iron Man and the progression of Thanos’ stone hunt, we can assume that Kang already exists as He Who Remains because he is responsible for the script and flow of time. Ultimately, he is the director of events that have happened and will happen during those times.

The Multiversal War

Character Focus: kang the Conqueror
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The war between the Kangs started when other villainous versions of Kang, as told by He Who Remains in the final episode of Loki Season 1, wanted to conquer other universes. However, He Who Remains, being a better variant than the Conqueror, defeated him making him “He Who Remains.”

Character Focus: Kang the Conqueror
He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All rights reserved.

In a turn of events, Sylvie chooses to kill He Who Remains. His death means the rise of another and that is Kang the Conqueror. We see this unfold as Loki goes back from the Citadel at the End of Time. The statue of Kang now stands in place for the Time Keepers inside the headquarters of the Time Variance Authority or TVA. Let us take note that the Time Keepers might also be versions of Kang but fabricated by Ravonna Renslayer.

For all time, always

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In some pages of the comics, Ravonna Renslayer is the love interest of Kang the Conqueror. He even asked the Avengers to make an act to display his powerful prowess to win over Ravonna’s affection. But the Avengers sided with Ravonna instead, which Kang grew tired of and ordered an all-out invasion of her kingdom. 

Successful, Kang always kill the rulers of any conquered nation to prevent possible uprisings but he made an exception, sparing Ravonna. His general, Baltag, however, betrayed him to honor that code and tried to have Ravonna assassinated. 

Kang then allied with Ravonna and the Avengers to stop the general’s rebellious army. Baltag was defeated but tried to kill Kang with one last shot. Ravonna sacrificed herself, saving Kang’s life. She professed her love for him with her last breath.

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There is also another part of this story when the Grandmaster challenged Kang to a game, he promised Kang the power over life or death, thereby giving him a chance to revive Ravonna. However, Kang chose the power of Death so he can kill the Avengers. 

Ravonna was later revived by the Grandmaster who showed her the choices Kang had made. Ravonna grew bitter about Kang’s decision and failure to save her and swore to avenge herself on him.

Maybe Kang in the MCU finally gets to know that Ravonna is alive and will have to, this time, fight her once again.

Kang’s End Goal

Kang, in the comics, is a time traveler and all he ever wanted is to conquer time and space. He sees the Multiverse to be his end goal… by taking over to prevent futures and change pasts. He sees to it that he is the ruler ultimate of all times. How the Avengers manage him definitely won’t be an easy feat. 

What else would you want to see about Kang to be seen in the MCU? Comment your theories down below. 

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