‘Moon Knight’ Subtly Features a Kang the Conqueror Easter Egg
Through four episodes, Moon Knight has yet to make a direct, concrete connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Moon Knight has sprinkled in a couple of small Easter eggs that could tie it to the MCU, including a reference to Kang the Conqueror.
Who is Kang the Conqueror?
Before Moon Knight‘s Easter egg, Marvel Studios announced that Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, would be the villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
But Majors surprisingly appeared in the Loki Season 1 finale as He Who Remains, the creator of the Time Variance Authority. He Who Remains is a Kang variant from the 31st century. He created the TVA to prevent his evil variants from destroying the timeline and causing a multiversal war. However, Sylvie kills He Who Remains in the finale, which unleashes the multiverse.
In the comic books, Kang the Conqueror, aka Nathaniel Richards, is also from the 31st century, and he is originally a descendant of Reed Richards’ time-traveling father. Kang himself becomes a time traveler trying to conquer Earth in multiple time periods. At one point, Kang ruled over ancient Egypt as the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, which is how the villain ties into Moon Knight.
‘Moon Knight’ Episode 3 contained a Kang the Conqueror Easter egg
Per New Rockstars, the audience can see Rama-Tut during a fight scene in Moon Knight Episode 3. Marc Spector faces off against a few of Arthur Harrow’s followers while trying to track down Ammit’s tomb. One of Ammit’s worshipers, a young man, is wearing a jean jacket with the design of the Pharaoh Rama-Tut on the back.
New Rockstars claim they reached out to the Moon Knight crew, and they confirmed this Kang Easter egg.
Perhaps the subtle mention of Kang was only a fun nod to his history in the comics, or Jonathan Majors might show up before the Moon Knight finale. It seems like Ammit and Rama-Tut might be connected, after all. But, as all fans know, anything is possible when it comes to the MCU.
1 other Easter egg ties ‘Moon Knight’ to the MCU
Moon Knight Episode 3 contained one other Easter egg that connects the series to the MCU. When Marc and Layla traveled to find Senfu’s sarcophagus, one of Anton Mogart’s guards greeted them. He told Layla, “[Anton’s] looking forward to seeing you. After Madripoor, I’m sure you two will have a lot to talk about.”
Madripoor should sound familiar to MCU fans. Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Helmut Zemo traveled to Madripoor in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There, they find Sharon Carter, who is later revealed to be the Power Broker, the leader of Madripoor.
Although Moon Knight contains a few obscure MCU Easter eggs, director Mohamed Diab is proud that the series can stand on its own.
“I wanted to push it,” Diab told Collider. “I wanted something that [Marvel] usually wouldn’t think that they want, which is I wanted it to look and feel different than every other MCU project, which eventually is the case. And today, you might say, some people keep telling me, if there’s no Marvel logo at the beginning of episode 1, you wouldn’t necessarily know that this is a Marvel show, which is something I’m proud of.”
The director added, “And I’m proud of how we deleted the idea of any crossovers, and we didn’t have need [for] crutches. We stood on our own, and the project … Maybe that’s the surprise, rather than a crossover, that we can stand on our own.”
Moon Knight airs Wednesdays on Disney+.