Why 'Ant Man' Fans Need to Know of Kang the Conqueror and His Connection to He Who Remains

Paras Kumar
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This story contains spoilers from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Loki.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania just arrived at the box office, with people wondering how Paul Rudd‘s Scott Lang held up after the events of the Avengers: Endgame. Between getting his family back and working on the newly discovered Quantum Realm, the superhero must now save his loved ones—not only from the destruction of humanity, but also from other timelines with similar fates. But with this, he encounters a villain who has an interesting connection to an important story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let us explain. During the film, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), her mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) be in the crosshairs of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a Thanos-like character trapped in the Quantum Realm.

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In order for him to move (and take over) in any timeline he wants, he needs Pym particles to help him do so. But when viewers meet Kang on the big screen, they realize there’s a lot more to the villain than expected…like the fact that they’ve seen a version of him before in Lokicalled He who remains.

While the characters may not be the same, it does lead to some confusion as to exactly how the two are connected in the Marvel multiverse. Luckily, we did some research and we have a breakdown of who is Kang the Conqueror and how is he related to He Who Remains in Loki.

According to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania scriptwriter Jeff Loveness, he describes Kang the Conqueror as a “lone character” who lives in the Quantum Realm and develops the ability to become a multidimensional supervillain in Phase 5 of the MCU. This would make sense, considering how the time element allows multiple versions of the same character to live in different eras at the same time.

“We will see a lot [Kang] in many different ways going forward,” he told Games Radar. “But I really wanted to introduce the humanity and even the vulnerability of this character before he reaches such Avengers-scale apocalyptic heights.”

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Despite the unclear trajectory of how Kang will wreak havoc on future Marvel projects, we’ve already seen one way to do it. In the season 1 finale of Lokititle character (Tom Hiddleston) seeks to take down the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that ensures that specific timelines unfold according to the will of the group’s leaders. It turns out that He Who Remains dictates how each person’s life in all timelines plays out.

When Loki eventually meets the Han that remains, the latter explains the origin of how he came to be. According to a report from Marvel, a version of himself discovered other multiverses and passed on information and knowledge to other timelines. It eventually led to a war that almost destroyed each timeline and He Who Remains created the TVA to hopefully keep the other versions from destroying humanity.

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But that’s not all. As He Who Remains warned Loki, he is not the one to worry about. “If you think I’m evil, well… just wait until you meet my variants,” he tells the former villain cryptically.

Considering how Loki and Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) seemingly encountered Other variant of Kang under Ant mans post-credits scene, He Who Remains might just be onto something.

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