When Kang turned up, in the form of Jonathan Majors in the finale of Loki, he didn’t seem like such a bad dude. Although he did hint at others. Version of himself that may be less… agreeable.
One of these versions, in the form of Kang the Conqueror, makes his full MCU debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and, as suspected, it has now been confirmed he is the next big-bad for the MCU. Kang The Conqueror will be the Thanos figure of the Multiverse Saga. So we imagine he won’t be one and done after the third Ant-Man movie.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Peyton Reed gave more detail:
“I think it has a profound impact on the MCU. Jeff Loveness, who wrote this movie, is writing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty as well, so there’s been a lot of discussion about the impact that this appearance of Kang the Conqueror makes. There are big things in store.”
Why choose Kang, and why start with Ant-Man?
“Kang The Conqueror in our movie is a very different character. He’s someone who has dominion over time, and he’s a warrior and a strategist. That’s interesting to me: to take the tiniest, and in some people’s minds weakest, Avenger and put them up against this absolute force of nature.”
In the comics, Kang is Nathaniel Richards. He was a 31st-century scholar and descendant of Reed Richards’ time traveling father Nathaniel. He was fascinated with history and discovers the time travel technology created by Victor von Doom, another possible ancestor of his.
He travels back in time to ancient Egypt aboard a Sphinx-shaped timeship and becomes the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, with plans to claim En Sabah Nur—the mutant destined to become Apocalypse—as his heir.
Rama-Tut’s rule is cut short when he is defeated by the time-displaced Fantastic Four.
An embittered Nathaniel Richards then travels forward to the 20th century where he meets Doctor Doom, whom he believes might be his ancestor.
When Nathaniel tries to return to the 31st century, he overshoots by a thousand years, discovering a war-torn Earth that uses advanced weapons they no longer understand. He finds it simple to conquer the planet, expanding his dominion throughout the galaxy, and reinvents himself as Kang the Conqueror. As the future world he has conquered is dying, he decides to take over an earlier, more fertile Earth and this is what brings him into conflict once again with the Fantastic Four.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is out February 17th 2023.
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