Kang the Conqueror is coming in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to be the new big villain of marvel studios at the movies. However, like every important character, the public that doesn’t know the comics so much can be left with a serious doubt: is Kang stronger than Thanos?
Thinking about it, the My Series prepared this comparison between the two antagonists, bringing more details about the new threat of the Marvel universe in theaters. But it is worth remembering that Thanos, the Mad Titan, has already had a complete arc within the MCU over the years, that is, he is already an established character within the cinemas and his story had a well-defined beginning, middle and end.
For Kang, we can’t say the same. The character first appeared as a variant of the One Who Remains during Loki’s first season, and is only now making a comeback; in addition to participating in the future Avengers: Kang Dynasty and possibly, Avengers: Secret Wars.
Who is Kang?
Briefly put, Kang is the villainous name of Nathaniel Richards, a distant relative of Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic and leader of the Fantastic Four. Nathaniel was a brilliant scientist in the 31st century when he discovered the existence of a Multiverse while studying about timelines and parallel realities after finding a time machine.
The scientist fell in love with the subject in such a way that he managed to make different versions of himself, but from different universes, able to meet and exchange knowledge and technology. The greed for power led Nathaniel to abandon his real name, and with the desire to conquer the entire Multiverse for himself, he began to be known as Kang, The Conqueror.
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Kang vs Thanos
Now that a bit of Kang’s backstory has been established, it’s time to move on to action, but not before mentioning that the entire plot of the character described in this text serves the version of Kang in theaters. In comics, the villain is one of the most complex Marvel characters, precisely because it involves so many parallel realities and time travel.
Who wins in the punch?
As already explained in the Avengers movie and Eternals, Thanos is practically a deviant. The villain, genetically, comes from generations of Eternals, but mutations caused the character to acquire his purple hue and different skin. Kang, on the other hand, is simply a human with some kind of super-advanced technology.
So theoretically, if Thanos and Kang were in a fight where only physical strength counted, Kang wouldn’t stand a chance. Thanos even before getting the Infinity Gauntlet was already an extremely dangerous villain, a kind of merciless general, who used brute force to conquer planets and defeat heroes. If in the opening of Infinity War the Mad Titan relinquished the powers of the Gauntlet and simply beat Hulk with punches, The Conqueror would certainly be defeated.
Even though in the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailers Kang appears using powers, the character is resorting to some Quantum Realm technology to win his duels. Without these features, the character would simply fight like a human.
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It is worth remembering that in the comics, Thanos has already achieved great feats without the Infinity Stones or other artifacts, such as tearing Iron Man’s body apart with his hands, crushing Captain America’s head, in addition to killing his own mother in an invasion of his home. home planet. The Titan really doesn’t play around.
Thanos, in addition to having immeasurable dexterity in physical strength, is a good strategist, after all, this villain planned for centuries until he finally found all the Infinity Stones. Not to mention the fact that the character commands an army of the Chitauri race, and has manipulated the God of Lies himself.
However, Kang is somewhat superior in that regard. The Conqueror has traveled to several eras in the past and future, even becoming a pharaoh in Ancient Egypt in a time travel gone wrong. The villain has gone through so many journeys that he has accumulated a virtually limitless level of knowledge, becoming one of Marvel’s smartest characters.
In a one-on-one duel, Kang would have no chance against Thanos, but The Conqueror could use other devices to defeat his opponent. Kang can travel through time and space, giving him a kind of omniscience about what happens everywhere.
Thus, the villain could alter aspects of the Thanos timeline he was facing to weaken his powers, or even prevent his birth. The antagonist has already tried to prevent the birth of the Avengers in the comics, for example, but was prevented by Wasp and other heroes.
Because he has this omniscience of facts, Kang knows what happened in the past, what happens in the present, and what will happen in the future. So, theoretically, to defeat the villain it would be necessary to be able to travel through time – something the Avengers have already done – but mainly, travel between multiple realities – which became quite possible after America Chavez’s appearance in Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness.
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Kang and Thanos never faced each other in the HQs, and unless The Conqueror faces the Mad Titan in some parallel reality in the next MCU films, this doubt will just be a big fan theory.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania brings Paul Rudd to the role of Scott Lang once again. The hero will need to join forces with his daughter, Cassie Lang (Kattryn Newton), Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) when they all end up trapped in the Quantum Realm, the “basement” of the Multiverse. There, the menace of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) comes up with a plan to conquer the timelines.
The film opens on February 16 in theaters.