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MCU's Kang The Conqueror Is The Comics Version We Definitely Wanted

The MCU’s Kang the Conqueror – as seen in the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer – is the comic-accurate version of the supervillain that audiences need to see. After the Multiverse Saga’s main antagonist made his MCU debut in Loki, numerous theories circulated around how Marvel would effectively realize Kang’s distinctive aesthetic and appearance. Beyond this, in a multiverse where infinite character variants abound, Kang’s specific persona also came under scrutiny, as any new MCU big bad will have to follow in the sinister footsteps of Thanos.

Thankfully, from the limited footage available ahead of the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, it’s clear that the MCU’s Kang the Conqueror will realize the comic-accurate “warrior” version of the character (via Men’s Health Magazine). This is both the best and most appropriate incarnation of the time-traveling warlord, combining his ruthlessness, physical presence, technological mastery and experience of bending multiple worlds and peoples to his will. Given his status as the MCU’s Thanos replacement, Marvel needed to ensure that Kang stacked up as a believable counterweight to its ever-expanding hero roster. By choosing to portray the most formidable comic version of Kang possible, the MCU is clearly given audiences the Kang they both wanted and needed to see.

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There’s a world of difference between the almost friendly (if admittedly maniacal) He Who Remains and the warrior Kang seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. However, despite the contrast between the two characters, Loki‘s iteration actually effectively laid the groundwork for the more intimidating version of the character. For starters, He Who Remains’ explanation of the sacred timeline, the TVA and everything that Loki and Sylvie had been investigating provided just enough breadcrumbs about the destructive potential of Kang’s other variants to make them a genuinely intimidating prospect. Although his scarier alter egos didn’t actually appear, He Who Remains’ stories of conquest were enough to lay plain just what a threat a warrior Kang really is.

More subtly, He Who Remains’ incredible power and ability to effectively control the flow of everything within the MCU just highlights the dangerous potential of other, more nefarious variants. By showing just how influential one Kang has been in the MCU to date, Loki effectively established that a more ill-intended Kang could have awesome destructive potential, should they wish to use it. Despite not explicitly showing the consequences of his conquering, Loki nonetheless laid plain exactly what the arrival of a warrior Kang would mean for the MCU. Now that he’s here, thanks to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, it’s clear to audiences everywhere that the stakes have just been raised significantly.

Loki season 1 episode 6 had a slightly ambiguous ending as far as the consequences of Sylvie murdering He Who Remains are concerned. However, the finale did suggest that Kang has indeed taken control of the TVA, with statues honoring him placed throughout the organization. However, while Kang’s face would seem to be a major giveaway, the answer could actually be a little more complicated. The sheer number of Kang variants known to exist across the wider MCU multiverse means that it isn’t necessarily Kang the Conqueror who has taken over the TVA’s HQ – it could just as easily be another variant of the character. The collapse of the sacred timeline means that anything is possible. For the answers to this, and other questions about Marvel’s new malefactor-in-chief, audiences will have to wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to provide some confirmation.

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