Kang the Conqueror, a formidable figure in the Marvel universe, embodies a complex character with an extensive history. First encountered in the final episode of Loki on Disney Plus and further introduced in Ant-Man 3, Kang variants bring an enigmatic threat to the universe’s stability.
Originally crafted by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Kang, also known as Nathaniel Richards, emerges as a brilliant scientist from the distant future. His initial journey through time leads him to a war-torn 32nd century, prompting him to seize power and expand his conquest across timelines, becoming a relentless force across various Marvel storylines.
In the comics, Kang’s evolution from a solitary figure facing off against individual heroes like the Hulk or the Fantastic Four grows into a larger-scale threat necessitating the combined efforts of the Avengers to thwart his ambitions.
His iconic spacesuit grants Kang enhanced strength, the ability to project holograms and force fields, and life support systems, rendering him a formidable adversary despite lacking inherent superhuman abilities. Armed with a specialized time vessel, Kang possesses the means to access any timeline, equipped with whatever tools or weaponry he requires for victory.
In the MCU, Kang’s portrayal diverges from his comic book origins, with multiple Kang variants revealed across different Marvel productions. The iteration encountered in Loki, known as He Who Remains, oversees the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to preserve a single timeline, striving to prevent the multiverse’s destabilization. However, his downfall at the hands of Loki and Sylvie leads to the emergence of various Kang variants, including the one depicted in Ant-Man 3.
The Ant-Man 3 rendition resides in the Quantum Realm, ousted from the Council of Kangs for excessive conquest endeavors. Seeking dominance over Earth-616, this variant is confronted and seemingly defeated by Scott Lang and allies. The aftermath triggers concern among other Kang variants, prompting the Council to consider the Avengers a grave threat due to their extensive multiverse knowledge.
Furthermore, another Kang variant named Victor Timely emerges as a potential antagonist in Loki’s upcoming second season, raising uncertainties about his intentions towards the Avengers.