Signs Suggest Kang the Conqueror Will Be the Next Big Baddie in the MCU

Avengers: Endgame was the highly-anticipated cinematic conclusion to a 3-phase saga boasting multiple interweaving narratives and characters. Thanos came to be the one villain capable of threatening the Avengers to such a great degree that he was the only villain to beat the super squad once. However, Infinity Stones began to appear way before Thanos did, and the groundwork leading up to his entrance began to take shape years before the formidable foe’s face ever made its way to the silver screen.

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President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

It looks the MCU plans to follow this same pattern (with adjustments for ingenuity purposes) — building on its individual characters and sub-plots while working towards a grand mash-up — following ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Kevin Feige recently shared:

Yeah, I mean, the MCU is all interconnected, but we really focus on one movie at a time. We’re going to make the best Black Widow movie we can possibly make, the best Eternals movie we can make, the best Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, right? And keep evolving their stories. And then, yes, it’s always fun to see them come together in a master plan. Which is, I promise you, well under way.

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Kevin Feige has indicated that another “master plan” is already in the works, and, based on what we know so far, Kang the Conqueror may be at the center of (or at the fringes of) the Master Plan. 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ may have suggested a Kang the Conqueror appearance will come later in the MCU

One Reddit user, according to We Got This Covered, recently explained how Tony Stark’s line in Avengers: Endgame — “You mess with time, it tends to mess back” — references Newton’s Third Law of Motion (for every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction). 

In short, the idea suggests that the heroes’ manipulation of time will cause a new threat to emerge — one who is quite familiar with the implications of all things time warp related. 

Why a Kang the Conqueror appearance aligns (decently) with other theories 

Kang the Conqueror comes to call himself the “Lord of Time” after discovering that his constant time-traveling created several versions of his identity, despite the fact that he had technically already died. He realizes this after the Beyonder recruits him to fight for the villains in Secret Wars!

While the MCU installments do not follow the comic book religiously, Kang the Conqueror is a large part of the comic book world, associated to the Secret Wars plan everyone thinks is on the horizon, and he could easily appear for the first time in Doctor Strange 2 and/or Ant-Man, as both movies will be dealing with multiple realities and/or different time periods. He may not be the next primary villain — the Phase 6 destroyer — but he should definitely sprout up as a major threat. 

Not to mention, We Got This Covered has already reported that Marvel allegedly wants Kang the Conqueror in the MCU pretty soon; if this is true, it’s likely that the studio wishes to begin planting the seeds that will lead up to another major villain or cement the time-warping consequences that will spell Secret Wars.