Avengers: Infinity War showed us how powerful Thanos was compared to the Avengers. The difference in power between Mad Titan and almost all the heroes of the mcu seemed seismic and insurmountable. Hulk was beaten to a pulp attempting to engage the Mad Titan one-on-one (without the power of the Infinity Stones). The combined might of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and the Guardians couldn’t stop Thanos in his quest to “balance the universe.” Thanos, in the end, succeeds in his mission; he obtains the six Infinity Stones and wipes out half of all life in the universe. In End of Gamethe Avengers eventually defeated Thanos by time traveling and collecting each of the stones to bring everyone back.
Kang, however, is a whole different type of villain. And as one of Kang’s more civil variations “He Who Remains” told us in the Season 1 finale of Loki, “You’re killing me, you’re destroying it all, and you don’t just have one devil, you have an infinite amount.” As we know, Sylvie chose to kill The One Who Remains. This decision had seemingly immediate and serious ramifications, causing the sacred timeline to branch out and paving the way for Kang the Conqueror (a far more sadistic, murderous, and power-hungry variant of He Who Remains) and other variants of Kang to wreak multiversal havoc. Thanos posed a huge threat to the officially dubbed Earth-616 Universe. By comparison, Kang poses a threat to the entire multiverse. Here are all the reasons why Kang poses a much bigger threat to the Avengers than Thanos ever could.
A versatile traveler
Kang is a villain who knows the multiverse very well. In fact, Marvel Comics lore tells us that one of Kang’s variants is a man named Nathaniel Richards. As indicated by RBC, Nathaniel is a distant descendant of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. After the SDCC 2022 reveal for Phases 5 and 6, we now know that The Fantastic Four will be the first film of the MCU’s Phase 6, which also includes Avengers: Kang Dynastyfollowed less than a year later by Avengers: Secret Wars. For comic book fans, we know what Secret Wars is all about: universes fighting against each other in a battle to survive. They slowly laid the groundwork for this to happen – especially in Multiverse of Madness when Mr. Fantastic describes what an “incursion” is: when two universes collide, destroying one or both in the process. We see what an incursion would look like when Doctor Strange and Christine Palmer are thrown into the reality of Sinister Strange.
Along with his extensive knowledge of the multiverse, Kang has access to some very advanced technology, coming from so far in the future. It wouldn’t be surprising if Kang showed off some of this futuristic technology in future MCU projects where he should appear as Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania and Avengers: Kang Dynasty (it is very likely that it appears in Avengers: Secret Wars, but this remains to be confirmed). Regardless, having this vast multiversal knowledge is sure to give Kang a significant advantage over our heroes as they strive to save the multiverse.
Master of VAT
The season finale of Loki gave us The One Who Remains, who warned, “See you soon,” after Sylvie stabbed him in the stomach. The consequences of his actions were immediate as we see the Sacred Timeline begin to spiral out of control, and when Loki returns to the TVA, there are no longer three statues of the proven False Timekeepers. There’s only one statue: Kang in his more comic book-appropriate attire. This basically verifies everything that would happen to the One Who Remains Forewarned.
With full control of TVA, Kang not only has an army, but also one with some of the most advanced technology out there. The pruning sticks, the portals that the TVA uses to travel from one timeline to another – these are pieces of technology beyond even the knowledge of Tony Stark, the man who discovered time travel, or from one of the other Avengers we’ve met so far. Did we forget to mention the beast known as Alioth? A creature created by rips in reality during the First Multiversal War, capable of consuming virtually anything. These are just a few of the tricks Kang will have up his sleeve. Thanos may have had the Black Order and seemingly limitless fodder whether it’s Chitauri or Outriders, but Kang could wipe out Thanos’ forces faster than Iron Man in End of Game.
More importantly, this variation of Kang is the opposite of One Who Remains. Whoever remains wanted continued stability throughout the multiverse, even offering the job to Loki and Sylvie. He prepared everything for Loki and Sylvie. “Stifling order or cataclysmic chaos,” he warned. Unfortunately for the multiverse, Sylvie leaves the dictator; and of course, a much more sinister variant fills the void. Perhaps the only person with the knowledge to match Kang is Reed Richards. Given that they share a biological lineage, it makes sense that Richards (if at all) could outsmart Kang the Conqueror or even compete with him technologically. Kang might prove to be too big of a threat for The Fantastic Four to handle. Thus, they must enlist the help of the Avengers leading to Avengers: Kang Dynasty. The Fantastic Four should be out less than a year before The Kang Dynastyso it wouldn’t be surprising if Kang lifted his head the film.
Time through the conqueror’s eyes
Another advantage Kang will have over the Avengers is the ability to see time as a circle rather than a straight line. Kang sees it all happening at once. Time will undoubtedly be on the Conqueror’s side, as he has extensive knowledge of the Nultiverse and the flow of time. Kang just wants to conquer. He is known as the “Master of Time”. Kang uses VAT to do his bidding, but in reality he doesn’t need VAT. He’s so powerful and with the brains and technical savvy to match, Kang could wreak multiversal havoc whenever he wants. One of the main reasons Kang is a much bigger threat than Thanos ever could be is his ability to see time, knowing the future, past, and present all at once. This will make it difficult for the Avengers to create a game plan to defeat Kang, as he will likely see it coming. The Avengers will have to get very creative as they take on the Conqueror.
Knowledge of the Quantum Realm
As discussed, Kang has deep knowledge of the multiverse, time, and how to make things even harder for our heroes. Additionally, Kang has deep knowledge of the quantum realm. The Avengers used the Quantum Realm to time travel and retrieve the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. Ant-Man spent five years – well, five hours for him – in the quantum realm, and Hank Pym’s wife, Janet Van Dyne, spent decades in the quantum realm. Yet they have very little knowledge of how the quantum realm works. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will undoubtedly emphasize the quantum realm. The Pyms and Scott will likely have to turn to the Quantum Realm for answers when Kang shows up, or they might encounter Kang in the Quantum Realm.. In the tradition of Marvel Comics, by Screen Rant, there is a city in the Quantum Realm known as Chronopolis. There’s a blinking moment and you’ll miss it when Hank is in the Quantum Realm where we see a city in the background. The creative team behind Ant-Man and the Wasp haven’t addressed this issue yet, and we think we know why. This city is most likely Chronopolis, where in the comics Kang sits on his throne. This will likely be explored in the upcoming third installment of the The ant Man franchise, but for now we will continue to speculate.
Finally, perhaps Kang’s most dangerous tool in his arsenal is the fact that there are endless variations of The Conqueror. Thanos is terrifying, but you kill him, and he’s dead and gone. Killing Kang is more like playing Whack-a-mole, and time travel shenanigans won’t be as easy to pull off against him. As we’ve established, Kang sees time differently, which will prevent the Avengers from being able to use surprise tactics to defeat the Conqueror. Marvel Comics introduced a Council of Kangs at one point – a group of variations of Kan, sometimes working together, sometimes working against each other’s interests. This group is led by Kang Prime. In one iteration, the Council of Kangs eliminates all “rogue” Kangs, having been tricked by Immortus, one of the older variants of Kang, to ensure that Kang Prime would eventually become Immortus, thus completing the cycle and leaving Immortus in control of the Multiverse and the flow of time. These events sound like the MCUs Loki Disney+ Series, as Immortus was the inspiration (in part) for He Who Remains. By comparison, He Who Remains doesn’t seem like such a bad guy; he manages the flow of time to ensure that the sacred timeline remains intact. The One Who Remains also spoke of a time when there was peace between him and his variants, a time when they shared their technological advancements with each other. It could have been the Kang Council he was referring to. Nonetheless, He Who Remains was the last Kang standing after the First Multiversal War.
As we now know from the 2022 SDCC MCU panel, the next avengers the film will be called Avengers: Kang Dynasty. According to Marvel Comics tradition, The Kang Council was recreated as part of the Kang Collective. Although “collective” and “dynasty” have slightly different meanings, they both imply that there are many variations of Kang. We’re sure to see the Avengers, and company, have their hands full as they attempt to play this Kang whack-a-mole game of life or death. A Kang may prove quite difficult to kill as is, but bring in a dynasty of Kangs with multiversal knowledge, combined with knowledge of the quantum realm, unique insight into the flow of time, and futuristic weaponry technology, so Kang may prove to be too great a threat for our heroes to overcome.