Kang is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s subsequent huge unhealthy man, however his appearances within the universe to date haven’t actually added as much as a transparent image of a personality, not to mention a series-defining villain. However with the discharge of Loki season 2, Marvel has one other likelihood to present us a fuller image of who Kang is and what precisely he’s as much as.
However earlier than Kang reappears on this new season, right here’s what he (and his many variants) have carried out within the MCU to date, and his place within the bigger story, from Loki season 1 to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Who’s He Who Stays?
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Loki season 1 launched Kang as “He Who Stays,” the invisible hand guiding the Sacred Timeline — and the man that Sylvie, the multiverse’s most put-upon Loki variant, wished to homicide.
Performed by Jonathan Majors, He Who Stays defined his personal backstory within the season’s climax: He was as soon as a scientist who found methods to traverse time and speak to variants of himself in alternate timelines. However these variants didn’t agree, and ultimately the battle between them spiraled out exponentially by means of the infinite worlds of the multiverse into an infinite conflict of infinitely numerous Jonathan Majorses.
He Who Stays was the variant who got here out on prime, and to verify it stayed that method, he secretly based the Time Variance Authority. The Authority’s nominal goal was to police the “Sacred Timeline,” a single order of occasions from the start of time to the tip, as handed down by a trio of godlike entities referred to as the Time-Keepers. Its actual goal was to repeatedly prune the multiverse right down to a single universe: the timeline by which He Who Stays got here to exist. He Who Stays additionally created the Miss Minutes synthetic intelligence to observe over the TVA and ensure no one realized that the Time-Keepers have been truly just a few actually lifelike robots.
On the finish of season 1, He Who Stays additionally defined that he’d change into uninterested in residing, and introduced a option to Loki and Sylvie: They may take his place as directors of the TVA, policing the timeline to stop multiversal conflict — or they may give in to Sylvie’s objective and kill him, figuring out it might unleash infinite time-traveling Jonathan Majorses.
Sylvie, adamant in her objective of returning free will to the universe, took the latter possibility, and the MCU’s Kang the Conqueror was born.
What about Kang in the remainder of the MCU?
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Kang’s function in the remainder of the MCU has been fairly restricted to date. Regardless of how a lot we’ve heard about him outdoors of the flicks, like the truth that he’s going to be the following huge Avengers villain or have a film (Avengers: The Kang Dynasty) named after him, he hasn’t truly carried out something within the sequence to date.
The one actual encounter our heroes have had with him outdoors of Loki was in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In that film, a Kang variant calling himself Kang the Conqueror acquired trapped within the Quantum Realm, and tried to flee earlier than being defeated by Ant-Man and (to some extent) the entire Ant-Household.
We don’t study many info about this Kang variant throughout the film, although Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) tells us that he’s dedicated unspeakable atrocities to the folks of the Quantum Realm — and apparently she means it, since we neither hear or see any specifics.
Maybe extra vital than Kang’s quantum conquering is the post-credits scene of Quantumania, which sends us to some form of multiversal assembly place the place 1000’s of Kangs are congregated, with a council of some who appear to be plotting conflict towards the MCU’s model of Earth and its significantly efficient set of heroes.
Is that this something just like the comics?
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Kind of, however not in a very useful method. Whereas Marvel Comics tales have dabbled with Kang variants on occasion — just like the multiversal Council of Kangs, as seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — Kang has classically been like a time-traveling Taylor Swift. He’s acquired eras.
There’s his Iron Lad Period within the far future, his Historic Egypt Period as Pharaoh Rama-Tut, his Conqueror Period, and his final Immortus Period. You may run in to totally different Kangs, however finally he’s only one time traveler, not totally different variants with totally different histories.
The MCU appears to be taking Kang in a multiverse-hopping course moderately than a timeline-sliding one. The one query for Loki season 2 is: Which Kang will we get? Trailers — and one other credit scene from Quantumania — level to Victor Well timed as a Kang residing someday within the 1800s. However with a purpose to discover out what his deal is, we’ll should settle in and watch.