Kang the Conqueror hasn’t been presented as much of a threat in his recent MCU appearances, with each of his variants failing to complete their missions. The Council of Kangs, introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has designs that feel cartoonish, and introduces too many variants of Kang the Conqueror for the MCU to actually develop them all. Recent controversies surrounding Jonathan Majors’ March 2023 arrest have thrown Kang the Conqueror’s future in the MCU into jeopardy, and have soured the character’s previous appearances.

Marvel Studios billed Kang the Conqueror as the primary antagonist of the Multiverse Saga, but rewatching the supervillain in his previous MCU appearances may now come with some harsh realities. After the conclusion of the Infinity Saga and the defeat of the Mad Titan Thanos in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the MCU introduced Kang the Conqueror as the next big bad. Jonathan Majors has now portrayed several variants of Kang the Conqueror in Loki on Disney+ and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and was set to have an even larger role in the MCU’s future as the main villain featured in 2026’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and 2027’s Avengers: Secret Wars.

Despite being an exciting addition to the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, Kang the Conqueror has not come without his disappointments. Not only has the supervillain not been depicted as much of a threat yet, but Jonathan Majors’ arrest and assault allegations and subsequent trial have soured the character and put his future in the MCU in jeopardy. Kang the Conqueror is a powerful and persistent foe in the Marvel Comics source material, but his integration into the MCU in recent years hasn’t been easy, and rewatching the villain’s previous appearances in Marvel Studios’ ever-expanding live-action franchise comes with its fair share of harsh realities and unanswered questions.


Who Defeated Kang In The Marvel Comics And What That Means For Avengers 5

Kang the Conqueror will pose a major threat to the Avengers in 2026’s The Kang Dynasty, but the villain has been defeated many times in Marvel Comics.

10 Kang Has Yet To Win Anything

Three Main Variants Of Kang The Conqueror Have Made MCU Appearances

Marvel Studios is now halfway through the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, and Jonathan Majors has made appearances as three primary variants of Kang the Conqueror. While each of these variants have presented a huge threat, they have all ultimately failed at their missions. Loki’s He Who Remains wanted Loki and Sylvie to replace him, but was killed by Sylvie and left for dead. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s Kang the Conqueror was thwarted by Scott Lang’s Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne’s Wasp, and Victor Timely underwent spaghettification several times before being reverted to his old self. This suggests that Kang doesn’t actually pose that much of a threat to the MCU.

9 The Council Of Kangs Look Too Silly

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania Debuted The Council Of Kangs

As well as officially introducing Kang the Conqueror, 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also debuted the MCU’s Council of Kangs, a group comprising potentially infinite variants of Kang with nefarious intentions. Quantumania’s mid-credits scene featured thousands of Kang variants teleporting into the Council of Kangs’ arena, and while they were all portrayed by Jonathan Majors, most of them had vastly different appearances to the Conqueror himself. Unfortunately, the designs for the members of the Council of Kangs, specifically Immortus, Rama-Tut and the Scarlet Centurion, felt almost goofy and cartoonish – which doesn’t set up Kang as an imposing threat in the MCU’s future.

Immortus, Rama-Tut and the Scarlet Centurion were all adapted directly from Marvel Comics, while the Council of Kangs also included a number of simple Kang variants, one wearing a suit (potentially Mister Gryphon) and a Kang variant with a lizard-esque appearance.

8 Kang’s Best Moments Have Happened On The Small Screen

He Who Remains First Appeared In Loki Season 1

Marvel Studios’ Loki series on Disney+ has, so far, done the most with Kang the Conqueror in the MCU, having introduced two major variants of the multiversal supervillain over the duration of its two seasons. While Jonathan Majors’ deliveries of He Who Remains and Victor Timely have been celebrated by die-hard MCU fans, more casual viewers of the franchise – those who perhaps only watch the theatrical releases – will have missed out on these strong performances. This leaves them with only Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s Kang the Conqueror as reference, which isn’t the best representation of the villain’s sinister motivations.

7 Many Kang Variants Won’t Be Developed In The MCU

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania Introduced Many Kang Variants To The MCU

With only a few more years before the MCU’s Multiverse Saga comes to an end in Avengers: Secret Wars, there simply isn’t enough time for every variant of Kang the Conqueror to be explored in any great detail. This means Marvel Studios has created a problem by debuting the Council of Kangs in Quantumania, particularly the three central figures who seem to be leading the group. There has been no word on whether Immortus, Rama-Tut or the Scarlet Centurion will be reappearing in the MCU’s future, and with so many more variants beyond them, including Mister Gryphon and Iron Lad, it seems impossible for them all to be developed.

Kang Was Barely Teased Before Making His MCU Debut

Kang the Conqueror was revealed early on to be the new antagonist of the Multiverse Saga, hot on the heels of Thanos’ defeat in Endgame. However, while the Mad Titan was teased over a number of years in the Infinity Saga, with brief appearances in The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron before revealing his plans in Avengers: Infinity War​​​​​​​, Kang was introduced to the Multiverse Saga immediately. He Who Remains debuted in Loki season 1, Phase 4’s second project, and while this set up Kang’s prominence in several Multiverse Saga projects, it diminished any mystery surrounding the villain, taking away some of the character’s magic.​​​​​​​

5 Kang’s Real Plan Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Kang Hasn’t Actually Revealed What He Wants From The MCU’s Multiverse

Jonathan Majors has now made several appearances as different variants of Kang the Conqueror, but most of them haven’t been able to actually explain what their plans for the multiverse are. With each new appearance, only more questions are raised that Marvel Studios has yet to answer, as only He Who Remains took the time to explain what he wanted and why. Quantumania’s Kang the Conqueror wanted to escape the Quantum Realm, but his subsequent goals were unclear, while the Council of Kangs’ apparent dominion over the multiverse and exiling of Kang the Conqueror only led to more confusion. It’s unclear when these questions might be answered.

Thanos Was The Primary Antagonist Of The MCU’s Infinity Saga

Josh Brolin’s Thanos was perhaps the perfect overarching villain throughout the MCU’s Infinity Saga, as his goal to collect the six Infinity Stones connected every single previous project in the MCU. This made him incredibly popular, which led to concern when Marvel Studios chose Kang the Conqueror to replace Thanos following the Mad Titan’s epic defeat by Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame. Thanos’ strength was a tough act to follow, and the terrifying threat he constantly posed would have been hard to match. Arguably, Jonathan Majors hasn’t yet lived up to Josh Brolin’s presence as Thanos, as Kang the Conqueror hasn’t proven himself to be a Thanos-level threat.

The Infinity Stones, including the Space, Mind, Time, Soul, Power and Reality Stones, were an ever-present plot device used in the Infinity Saga before Thanos began his mission to claim them in Avengers: Infinity War.

3 Kang The Conqueror Is Already Dead

Kang The Conqueror Was Killed Off In His First MCU Appearance

No matter how many extra variants of Kang the Conqueror are introduced into the MCU, the Conqueror variant himself was still expected to be the primary threat to the MCU’s Avengers in Phase 6. However, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania already killed off Kang the Conqueror, as Ant-Man and the Wasp thrust him into his exploding multiversal engine core. While there are theories questioning how the Conqueror can return in the MCU’s future, there has been no word of this happening soon, which means Marvel Studios eliminated this powerful threat only moments after introducing him, making it more difficult for him to pose a significant threat in upcoming MCU projects.

2 Marvel Studios May Be “Moving Away” From Kang

Kang The Conqueror’s Future In The MCU Is Uncertain

Recent speculation has suggested that Marvel Studios may be moving away from Kang the Conqueror altogether, particularly after recent controversies surrounding Jonathan Majors’ arrest. This idea has been exacerbated by the recent dropping of writer Jeff Loveness and director Destin Daniel Cretton from Phase 6’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. The creative team departing The Kang Dynasty suggests Marvel Studios may be reworking the MCU’s upcoming Avengers project, potentially putting a new villain from Marvel Comics front-and-center – with some suspecting Doctor Doom or Galactus – which means the Kang the Conqueror storyline may have ended before it really even began.

1 Kang The Conqueror Is Too Connected To Jonathan Majors

Jonathan Majors Was Arrested On Assault Allegations In March 2023

Evidently, the hardest thing to contemplate when rewatching Kang the Conqueror’s appearances is the fact that Jonathan Majors’ career has been shrouded in controversy, assault allegations and a lengthy investigation and trial. Majors was arrested in March 2023 on allegations of assault, strangulation and harassment following a domestic dispute. The verdict of Majors’ trial is pending, but these serious allegations have thrown both Majors’ and Kang’s future into uncertainty. While other characters’ multiversal variants have often been played by other actors, Kang and his variants have only been played by Majors, making a rumored Kang the Conqueror recast more difficult and perhaps more jarring if it does occur.

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