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    Kang The Conqueror (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

    Kang The Conqueror
    Do you know how many rebellions I've put down? How many worlds I've conquered? How many Avengers I've killed? And you think you can beat me? I am Kang!
    Gender: Male
    Type: Multiversal Conqueror
    Time Warlord
    Age: 30s
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Jonathan Majors
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Marvel Cinematic Universe


    Nathaniel Richards, best known as Kang the Conqueror, is the main antagonist of the Multiverse Saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; serving as the overarching antagonist of the 2021 TV series Loki, the main antagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and will return in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

    He was originally a scientist on Earth from the 31st century who discovered the Multiverse, but unlike other variants of him, who got along together and shared different kinds of knowledge, he aspired to conquer all universes. Eventually, Kang was banished to the Quantum Realm by the Council of Kangs. With the help of his allies Krylar and M.O.D.O.K., he gradually established dominion over the realm, patiently waiting for the time to escape, which seemingly comes in 2026 when Ant-Man and his family end up in the Quantum Realm.

    Why He is Kang

    1. This is the live action debut of Marvel's most iconic villains, Kang the Conqueror, who is the next main antagonist of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Thanos.
      • Both of them are powerful villainous characters associated with the color purple, have entire armies at their disposal and are feared by everyone they know. However, while Thanos at least tried to give off the veneer of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wanted to save the world from itself, Kang doesn't bother putting up such a front to hide his desire to destroy any universe that gets in his way.
      • Also, while Thanos was a very impersonal foe who sympathized with the heroes trying to stop him (to an extent), Kang is incredibly vengeful, wanting nothing more than to get revenge on Janet for stopping him from escaping, and to hurt Scott as much as possible by holding his daughter hostage.
    2. Jonathan Majors gives an brilliant performance.
    3. His character design received critical acclaim, it was a great homage to his classic comic book counterpart.
    4. Kang was first introduced in the Loki season one finale as the person behind the Time Variance Authority (TVA), where he is referred to cryptically as "He Who Remains".
    5. Kang rules a massive empire in the Quantum Realm and wants to expand back into the wider universe.
    6. Kang is supremely confident in his own supremacy, dismissively telling Ant-Man that he's out of his league in dealing with the Conqueror. While Kang isn't entirely correct to dismiss his foes, his own immense power shows that his confidence isn't misplaced.
    7. Kang doesn't have any superpowers, but he does have armor that has numerous powers and allows him to overpower an army by himself, as well as an impressive intellect and combat skills honed from unnumbered conquests, making Kang a force to be reckoned with even without his technology.
    8. His fight scene with Ant-Man is intense and brutal.
    9. He has incredible abilities and technology more advanced than Stark Industries and Pym Technologies.
    10. In sharp contrast to other notable MCU villains who had noble goals or at least claimed to, Kang makes no secret of the fact that he's a monster whose sole aim is to bring the entire multiverse under his tyrannical rule.
    11. He's not called "the Conqueror" for nothing. He single-handedly turns the tide of the battle for the Quantum Realm just by entering the battlefield and completely demolishes morale to fight. The few brave enough to face him soon find themselves dead or falling back at Jentorra's order.
    12. During the climax of Quantumania, Kang is swarmed by hyper-advanced ants who do enough damage to render Kang's Powered Armor shredded and almost totally non-functional, but Kang himself survives and is still strong enough to give Scott the beating of a lifetime.

    Bad Qualities

    1. Despite being set up as the next Big Bad after Thanos, he was defeated and killed off anticlimactically in Quantumania, much to the fans dismay. Some fans have preferred that Kang should have won and escaped the Quantum Realm, instead of being killed off, and revealing the Council of Kangs as the true Bad Bad of the Multiverse Saga.
      • He gets collapsed into his self-destructing ship engine, seemingly destroying him, but we never actually see him die, hence Scott and the Council of Kangs are unsure if he actually died.
      • For a guy who was able to destroy the Avengers in various multiple timelines, he was easily overtaken by an army of giant ants (which he can just simply destroy with a single beam), and lost to Scott, an average Joe in a superhero suit.
    2. He tortures Cassie Lang to force Scott to help him retrieve the multiversal engine core and to escape the Quantum Realm, but then betrays Scott once he gives him what he wants.
    3. He's not that threatening as a multiversal conqueror, for example he could've easily killed Janet Van Dyne when she found his true intentions in killing his variants and destroying the multiverse.

    Trivia

    • In the comics, Kang the Conqueror is a time-traveling enemy of the Avengers and the ruler of Chronopolis, as well as the love interest of Ravonna Renslayer. His real name is Nathaniel Richards, which is also the name of his ancestor from the 20th century, the father of Mister Fantastic.

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