Kang the conqueror arrives at the cinema from the hand of “Ant

Third part of the Ant-Man franchise where the superhero will be seen fighting the villainous Kang.

Throughout the existence of the Cinematic Universe of Marvel (MCU), major villains have come forward and shown to be a major threat to the company’s superheroes. Thanos Ultron and even Loki are some of them, who will now be joined kangof the most powerful characters in comics and nemesis of the avengerswhich arrives to become the main threat.

In the Kang comics, the conqueror has been one of the most dangerous enemies of all superheroes and after years of waiting, he will have a live action version played by Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country, Creed III). First he did it in the Disney + series Loki but not strictly like the version that can be seen in the next movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, to be released in February of next year, but as an alternative that contained its evil versions.

Jonathan Majors will play Kang, the conqueror. (Marvel Studios)

Although for fans of the comics this character is already an old and well-known character, for those who are not so familiar with the cartoons (but with the movies), they will wonder about the real danger of this character and if he can occupy the Thanos place.

But first it is necessary to clarify that this villain will enter as soon as phase 5 of the MCU has begun. Quantumania will be the first step towards the culmination of the Multiverse Saga in Avengers: Secret Wars and in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Here is a brief tour of everything you need to know about this villain who will be played by Jonathan Majors (Creed III).

The villain will be seen in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania". (Marvel Studios)
The villain will be seen in “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.” (Marvel Studios)

First appearance in the comics

It was in Fantastic Four #19 from 1963 that entered Marvel. He made it like Pharaoh Rama-Tut, who came from ancient Egypt. kang the conqueror returned to the pages a year later in avengers #8 of 1964. Although throughout the history of Marvel, Kang has been one of the most powerful villains, only now will he appear on the big screen.

This is because this character first appeared in the comics of The Fantastic Four, superheroes whose rights were in the hands of 20th Century Fox, which is why Disney could not occupy this villain who is one of the great threats of the Avengers. Although after the purchase of Fox by Disney, these characters have remained in the same company, which has been integrating it into its universe.

The first appearance of the villain in comics was in 1963. (Marvel Comics)
The first appearance of the villain in comics was in 1963. (Marvel Comics)

Kang’s past

In the comics there are different versions of Kang, something that Dinsey has also played with in their live action. Jonathan Majors, before coming to quantummania, had a brief appearance in the series Lokibut he did it as a different version of the one he will now fight against Ant Man. The most recurring character in the comics is that of Nathaniel Richards, who was born a human on Earth in the 31st century. As a young man, he discovered his ancestor Doctor Doom’s time platform, which he used to travel to ancient Egypt and begin his conquest.

Once he was in the past he became Pharaoh Rama-Tut and the Fantastic Four had to travel back in time to defeat him, sending him to the distant future, to the 40th century, where the earth was already destroyed. There the villain used his technology and scientific knowledge to conquer this time period and became Kang the Conqueror.

Kang has had various versions in the comics. (Marvel Comics)
Kang has had various versions in the comics. (Marvel Comics)

The Multiple Kang

In his quest to conquer the universe, Kang traveled so far back in time that multiple variants of himself spanned space and time. If one Kang died, another existed in an alternate timeline to cause trouble. There was a version of Kang called the scarlet centurionan identity he adopted after passing through ancient Egypt, but before becoming the Kang that is best known.

There was another variant of Kang who traveled in the early 20th century and was named Victor Timely, who created a town in Wisconsin from which he altered the flow of time. In the year 2099, he owned a large company known as “Kang the Conglomerator” and in the 21st century there was a corporate version of the character called Mr. Gryphon. He even once merged with Ms. Marvel and became “Kamala Kang”. Not all versions of Kang were evil, he once fell in love with a subject, a woman with whom he had a son named Marcus.

Kang hasn't always been a villain. (Marvel Comics)
Kang hasn’t always been a villain. (Marvel Comics)

The deadliest kang

immortal is the most dangerous version that is known in the comics, who after having conquered different temporalities got tired of the conquest and decided to join the timekeepers. There he began to preserve Marvel’s timelines rather than conquer them. He did all this for Guardians of Time. The former Kang accepted and reinvented himself again, this time as Immortus, the lord of the realm from another dimension.

Although this variant of Kang officiated at the wedding of Vision Y the scarlet witch, it would later be revealed that Immortus was behind the Witch’s evil in the Marvel comics, as he manipulated her. In addition, Immortus caused the death of a teenage Tony Stark in the 90s and there was even a “Council of Kangs”, made up of hundreds of Kang variants from across the multiverse. Though it is later revealed that this was a plan by Immortus to wipe out all the other Kangs and be the only one in existence. He has as many versions as there are stories because he is a character who is close to turning 60 in comics (in Latin America they are available through Marvel editions by Panini Latin America).

Kang performed the wedding of Vision and the Scarlet Witch. (Marvel Comics)
Kang performed the wedding of Vision and the Scarlet Witch. (Marvel Comics)

The Kang of the MCU

Little has been revealed so far of the role that Kang will play in Ant Mansome experts point out that based on the newly released trailer, it is likely that in Quantumania the viewer will witness Kang’s kingdom of Chronopolis. The version of Kang that was seen in Loki “He Who Remains” is very similar to Immortus, even in his aesthetics and clothing.

In the trailer presented by Marvel, Kang the Conqueror is seen offering Ant-Man more time in exchange for a pass home. Kang wears a super suit similar to the one his character wears in the comics, a suit complete with a blue face shield.

The deadliest version of Kang will be seen in the MCU. (Marvel Comics)
The deadliest version of Kang will be seen in the MCU. (Marvel Comics)

Loki had a nod to the Marvel comic story Kang with one of the time agents, but now that the Kang of Loki is dead, much more destructive variants of the character are likely to be seen spreading chaos throughout the Marvel Multiverse. All this will lead to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Y Avengers: Secret Wars.

While Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania hits theaters, you can enjoy the first two films of Ant Man that are available in Disney+.

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