When Avengers Endgame came to an end, one of the most important questions that audiences asked was “What’s next?” Is there anything that could happen after Josh Brolin’s Thanos, his Infinity Stones, and Josh Brolin? It didn’t take long for the world to find the answer to its question: Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror.
The villain is a time-traveling threat that is skilled at his trade; his strategic skills put him in the best position to manipulate and guide timelines. Marvel is confident that he will be able stand up against Thanos, and become a greater threat than ever before.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the titles of the next two Avengers films: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. For some time, Kang is expected to be an ominous threat to Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, it’s time to ask: What about Kang might make him a greater threat than The Mad Titan. There are several reasons Kang could be as badass in time travel than Thanos.
The Rise and Conqueror of Kang
One of the things that made Thanos so popular was the way he built his threat over the duration of the Infinity Saga. He made his debut in many post-credits scenes, and also appeared prominently during Guardians of the Galaxy .
Looking at everything in the big scheme of things, Kang seems to be always ahead of the game. Although Thanos did have bits of setup, Jonathan Majors’ antagonist has an entire episode of Loki devoted to his plot to seize control of the MCU.
Next, he will be in Ant Man: Quantumania as its villain. It wouldn’t surprise if the Variant of that character appeared in Loki season 2. That would be his three most significant appearances to date, and all prior to the big Avengers movie. Thanos never truly showed up until 2018’s Infinity War, despite being first teased in 2012.
The takeaway is that the amount of buildup Kang received up to this point has dwarfed Josh Brolin’s Thanos. What about his actual threat?
The Scope of Kang’s Grip
The Infinity Stones and their Gauntlet were big news. These stones could be used to do anything the user desired, even reshape entire existence if necessary. That’s what Thanos had threatened to do at the end of Avengers Endgame.
These stones and the man in purple who wielded them were the greatest threats that the MCU had ever faced. Kang’s Dynasty, however, could have been even more.
But how can one get bigger than these iconic stones? Kang is the sole control of all things Multiverse. The He Who Remains controlled every timeline of the MCU’s Multiverse.
Now, think about if another Variant with a sinister motive had similar power. Kang could destroy timelines just for his vengeance. Kang could be unstoppable. It seems that Kang could be twice or three times as dangerous to the Multiverse than Thanos.
Kang Reigns Supreme
In comics, Kang Dynasty refers to an event in which Kang and his son appear in the present to overthrow the evil forces of the future. For a while, he is successful but eventually falls to the Avengers.
Given the title, it’s clear that Jonathan Majors is the movie’s biggest bad. The best part is that he’ll almost certainly have made a few appearances by the film’s release to make himself known to the public.
It’s possible that the MCU will keep this version to Earth, and not take on any cosmic or Multiversal threats yet. It’s difficult to imagine that the Multiverse would not be involved in this film, which is the largest event of the Multiverse Saga.
One theory is that Kang might want to rule supreme in the Multiverse to save it from destruction in Secret Wars .
But what about after his Dynasty!
It’s a tricky situation when it comes to Secret Wars ,: None of the original stories has anything to do Kang the Conqueror. Kang is not far from these threats. Will he be the biggest bad?
Maybe that last straw could come from Kang’s Dynasty . A cataclysmic event that either triggers an infinite number of Incursions or starts a domino effect.
The most well-known version of the Secret Wars Storyline is the one that sees the Multiverse collapse and all life end. However, Doctor Doom saves everything by creating a patchwork planet. It would seem that the Multiverse is the main focus of the story.
If Kang loses and the events of Secret Wars occur, then maybe Majors will not be the villain in that movie. Doctor Doom could be able to assume his role as God over Battleworld. This is what he did in the source material.
Even though Kang won’t be the main villain in the sixth Avengers film, it is possible that he will play another role. These two movies are so closely linked, it is almost certain that they will be interconnected–in much the same manner that Infinity War was to Endgame ..
Kang will be the Future
With all of the Marvel Studios content they can produce these days it has allowed them to build Kang in a way that was simply not possible for Thanos. All of his development will hopefully pay off. It will be difficult for him to fulfill the role of Thanos, which is a very dangerous threat.
How will Kang connect with the rest of the MCU, despite being as big and powerful as he is? The Celestials and Val’s Thunderbolts are all possible. Kingpin could be NYC’s mayor. There is also the supernatural aspect of the MCU.
Hopefully these two Avengers films are as fulfilling as Infinity War and Endgame . Marvel certainly wants their films to have that same scope and significance as Infinity War and Endgame.
Fingers crossed Kang the Conqueror can stand with the greatest villains of MCU in no time…or all of it.