Profile of Kang the Conqueror, Thanos-like villain in Ant Man 3. At Comic-Con 2022, Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios unveiled what many fans have been theorizing for some time: Kang the Conqueror is a lookalike Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) villain Thanos.
This character was briefly introduced in last year’s Disney+ series “Loki”.
Who is Kang?
Launching The Wrap, Monday July 25, 2022, the character Kang the Conqueror first appeared in Marvel Comics in the 1963 issue of “Fantastic Four.”
That iteration was also not strictly Kang, but a variant known as Rama-Tut, while “Kang” debuted in the 1964 issue of “The Avengers”.
He is a time-traveling entity that has many different pasts and futures.
In comics, Kang is most often the villain for the Fantastic Four.
So it’s no wonder that Marvel is currently working on the movie “Fantastic Four” which will be released in 2024. In the comic biography, Kang’s character starts as Nathaniel Richards, descendant of Fantastic Four member Reed Richards.
He conducted research in the 31st century and attempted to travel back to ancient Egypt, where he was known as the pharaoh Rama-Tut.
After his battle with the Fantastic Four, Kang tries to go back to the 31st century, but ends up stranded in the 41st century.
He also asserted dominion over this planet and was known as Kang the Conqueror.
While Kang has no superhuman abilities to speak of, he is a next-level genius (as seen in “Loki”) who uses advanced technology to take on his enemies.
How did Kang Sang the Conqueror get into the MCU?
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kang is played by Jonathan Majors from the drama series “Lovecraft Country” and “Da 5 Bloods”.
Majors debuted at the end of Season 1’s “Loki,” where Tom Hiddleston’s character made it to the Fortress at the End of Time and faced a character named He Who Remains.
Kang’s variant, He Who Remains describes several different versions of him finding alternate universes and going head-to-head, resulting in a multiversal war.
He ended it, created the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and implanted the “Sacred Timeline” that he had been monitoring for a long time.
Being able to predict the past, present, and future, Kang can anticipate what will happen and the outcome of any possible action.
He also offers Loki and Slyvie (Sophia Di Martino) a choice: They can kill him, ending the Holy Timeline and risking chaos and other multiversal wars triggered by his variants; or they can take over for him and lead the TVA and oversee the Sacred Timeline.
Sylvie kills him and Loki ends up in an alternate timeline where Kang the Conqueror is in charge of TVA, all of which will likely be covered in “Loki” Season 2.