Summary

  • In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, various versions of Kang are revealed, including Immortus, Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, and more.
  • The Council of Kangs, taken directly from Marvel Comics, makes an appearance in the film’s mid-credits scene, introducing even more unique Kang variants.
  • How the MCU will handle dealing with the Council of Kangs going forward is currently unclear.


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Although Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror officially makes his debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, several of his variants from Marvel Comics have also made their ways to the MCU. Originally introduced as He Who Remains in Loki, the breaking of the Sacred Timeline brought forth many different versions of Kang, the time-traveling despot who has laid waste to entire universes in his multiversal conquest. However, it’s already been proven that Kang’s primary rivals aren’t heroes like the Avengers, but his very own variants, introduced into the MCU timeline in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s post-credits scenes.

In both of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s end-credits scenes, various versions of Kang – originally known as Nathaniel Richards – are revealed. Four in particular bear strong resemblances to variants from Marvel Comics. In Quantumania’s mid-credits scene, three of Kang’s variants discuss Ant-Man and the Wasp’s defeat of Kang the Conqueror, the variant they had exiled to the Quantum Realm. Here are the identities of every known Kang variant featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, each of which were portrayed by Jonathan Majors.

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Immortus

The oldest Kang variant; ruler of Limbo.

Rama-Tut

An Egyptian Pharaoh; one of the earlier versions of Kang.

Scarlet Centurion

A futuristic version of Kang; inspired by Doctor Doom.


Immortus, The Once & Future Kang

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Presented as the leader of the trio of Kang variants seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s mid-credits scene, Immortus is the bearded Kang who sports a large hat and has blue skin, unlike his other variants. In Marvel Comics, Immortus is the oldest variant of Kang and the man Kang is destined to become.

Immortus rules over Limbo, though he actively hinders Kang’s schemes after realizing the damage his variants can cause to the time-stream – sometimes even working with the Avengers. The MCU’s Immortus seems to have different intentions, as he warns of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes learning of the multiverse and the danger that it could pose.

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Rama-Tut, The Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh

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Avid readers of Marvel Comics may have recognized this Kang variant as the Egyptian Pharaoh Rama-Tut. In the comics, Rama-Tut was an early version of Kang, coming into existence soon after Nathaniel Richards discovered time travel technology and journeyed to Ancient Egypt to rule as a Pharaoh. Rama-Tut encountered the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, and also had interactions with the young En Sabah Nur, a.k.a. the X-Men villain Apocalypse, and the Egyptian god Khonshu, who debuted in Moon Knight. Rama-Tut’s cybernetic enhancements in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania create an interesting plot point for his future MCU appearances.

Scarlet Centurion – A More Futuristic Looking Kang

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed confirmed to Indie Wire that the third Kang variant in the film’s mid-credits is a version of the Scarlet Centurion. The variant emerged in Marvel Comics after Rama-Tut’s ousting from Ancient Egypt, and the character’s look is inspired by none other than Doctor Doom, though it’s unclear whether this is still the case in the MCU. The Scarlet Centurion is more futuristic in his weaponry than his other variants while also wielding hypnotic devices that are used to influence his foes – though he didn’t have a long career in the comics.

Council Of Kangs Perfectly Recreated From Marvel Comics

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As well as introducing Immortus, Rama-Tut, and the Scarlet Centurion to the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s mid-credits scene also sees the debut of many more Kang variants, comprising the Council of Kangs. Taken straight from the pages of Marvel Comics’ 1988 run of Avengers #292, the practically shot-for-shot adaptation of the Council of Kangs sees many interesting and unique variants introduced into live-action. These variants of Kang enter their grand amphitheater using the “time platform” technologically used by John Krasinski’s Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, nodding to their familial connection.

Though many of these variants share the more human appearance of Kang the Conqueror, others have more unique physiques. One dons a smart suit, perhaps hinting at Mr. Gryphon of Qeng Enterprises – first teased in Loki season 1.

Others sport regal dress or differing armors, while one wears the same costume as Loki’s He Who Remains, though this version is shown with dreadlocks. There are also curiously two variants who look extraterrestrial, one with green skin akin to the MCU’s Skrulls and one who has pale blue skin and a design almost resembling a lizard. Any number of these variants could be developed in future MCU projects – though exactly how the franchise will approach its Kang variants has become far more ambiguous in recent history.

How Will The MCU Deal With The Council Of Kangs Now?

The MCU parting ties with Kang actor Jonathan Majors after he was found guilty on two misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault means the future of the franchise may well look very different to how audiences initially imagined. Ultimately, the MCU has three options that are currently clear in terms of dealing with the Council of Kangs; to recast other actors in these roles, to make new variants entirely with new actors, or to leave Kang out altogether and replace him with another villain.

All of these present their own issues and benefits for the franchise, which will surely be weighed up by Marvel as they seek to provide the route forward that feels most tangible and reasonable to fans and to the story that has been put in place so far. However, the MCU has luckily already provided justifications for whatever approach the story goes in.

For example, Loki season 2’s ending could easily justify God Loki erasing all Kang variants from the multiverse. Similarly, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania itself established that Kang was relatively easy enough to beat, meanign that the Council of Kangs could be decimated by another villain to hype them up as a new threat.

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