Who Is ‘Kang the Conqueror’ in Marvel Comics and What Does His ‘Loki’ Appearance Mean for the MCU?
The Loki season finale confirmed fans’ suspicions about the Time Variance Authority by revealing that Kang the Conqueror was running the show. But who is Kang in Marvel Comics, and what does his introduction mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the Loki season 1 finale.]
‘Loki’ reveals Kang the Conqueror is the one running the TVA
In the final episode of Loki, the God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) make it into the castle sitting at the end of time. They first encounter Miss Minutes (Tara Strong), who tells them that the one behind the curtain is “He Who Remains.”
Sylvie and Loki are then met by a mysterious man in a cape (Jonathan Majors), who tells them that he created the Sacred Timeline to prevent a multiversal war. He reveals that he’s from the 31st century and that different versions of him got together and ultimately started the war.
To keep things under control, he used Alioth to consume his other versions and timelines. And he’s been controlling the Sacred Timeline via the TVA ever since.
While Loki believes the man, Sylvie doesn’t trust him. After a brief scuffle and kiss, she sends Loki back to the TVA and kills “He Who Remains.”
While he doesn’t call himself Kang the Conqueror, we know it is him because of Jonathan Majors’ confirmed MCU debut as Kang in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Who is Kang the Conqueror in Marvel comic books?
Kang the Conqueror, aka Nathaniel Richards, is a supervillain who first appeared in the 1964 Marvel comic, The Avengers #8. He is an expert in time travel who uses advanced future technologies to manipulate time.
But when Kang travels through time, he inadvertently creates different variants of himself. And some of them, including Iron Lad, Rama Tut, and Immortus, ultimately get in his way and thwart his plans to conquer the universes.
In the comics, Kang has battled several superheroes, including The Avengers, The Fantastic Four. He has an on-again-off-again romance with Ravonna Renslayer, aka the Terminatrix, a powerful princess in his kingdom.
What does Kang’s ‘Loki’ appearance mean for the MCU
Sylvie may have killed the Kang variant she met, but not before he promised her another, potentially more dangerous version of him would pop up in his place. We already know the character is slated to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
But considering how many branches of the timeline were created after his death, he will likely have some impact on the Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness storyline.
And after seeing his statue in the TVA (at the end of the finale), where Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) failed to recognize Loki, some fans think the variant of Kang we’ll get next is Immortus.
Luckily, as revealed in the post-credits scene, Loki is getting a season 2. Hopefully, we’ll get more answers about Kang and what’s happening with the TVA and their agents by then.
All six episodes of Loki are currently streaming on Disney+.