The ant Manthe third outing of is here to begin Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a microscopic blow. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is not only the last of the adventures of Scott Lang, it is also the first film of the MCU with kang as the main antagonist. And since he’s already set up to be the big bad of the the next two Avengers moviesit’s clear that Quantumania has big plans for the Conqueror.
Of course, as with most MCU movies, some of the biggest reveals about the future come from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s two credits scenes. The first scene takes place in the middle of the credits, and for the last, we will have to wait until the very end.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.]
What happens in the mid-credits scene of Quantumania?
QuantumaniaThe mid-credits scene is the more important of the two, at least as far as the future of the MCU is concerned. We move to a world that seems to be floating in space. Three versions of Kang—each radically different in style, with different technology and costumes, though all played by Jonathan Majors—discuss that “the exiled”, Kang the Conqueror, this film’s antagonist , is dead. The Kangs then explain how our world is just beginning to discover the multiverse, and so it’s time to discuss this with all the Kangs around the world. Cut to a vast arena, where thousands of other visually diverse Kangs begin to appear from different timelines, realities, and universes.
As for what that could mean, it certainly sounds like Marvel is trying to set up something like the Kang Council in the MCU. The three Kangs we see aren’t specifically identified during the short mid-credits scene, but they appear to be references to some of Kang’s most famous comic book incarnations.
Who are the versions of Kang at the end of Quantumania?
In the comics, all these characters are actually the same person, not parallel versions of each other. Thanks to Kang’s long life in the shenanigans of time travel, many stages of his personal development have helped, tormented, or simply interacted with Marvel superheroes. The one with neon streaks on his skin is likely the MCU’s interpretation of Iron Lad, the superhero identity Kang took on as a teenager in the far future.
The Kang in Egyptian-like robes is a clear reference to Pharaoh Rama-Tut, Kang’s appearance when he was in his “I want to go back in time and rule all of Egypt” phase. And the guy with the top hat and the awesome beard is definitely Immortus, Kang in his oldest phase of life, who’s been around so long that he’s sort of on this conquering thing, and prefers to fix deadlines rather than disturbing them as he did. in her youth. The MCU’s version seems decidedly more malevolent, but it’s still unclear exactly what these Kangs actually want or plan, only that it has something to do with “Incursions,” a sinister multiversal natural disaster last seen. in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What happens in the post-credits scene of Quantumania?
QuantumaniaThe post-credits scene of is just as Kang-focused, though it also establishes a clearer vision for the franchise’s immediate future: it’s a very short trailer for Loki season 2. The brief clip shows Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson) watching a Victorian science presentation given by a stuffy, gentlemanly character named Victor Timely (also played by Jonathan Majors). And guess what! Victor Timely is yet another Kang time travel identity.
In the scene, Victor explains how time shapes everyone’s life, but it might be possible to shape it back. In the audience, Loki – also costumed for the time – whispers to Mobius: “It’s him!” Mobius looks dubious: “You made him look like that terrifying figure!” “He is,” Loki said ominously, before the blackout. Since Loki and Sylvie, his own gender-swapped alternate timeline, faced off against another version of Kang in Season 1 of Loki — this one is called “The one who staysa character who more or less explained how his death would trigger a multiverse-wide explosion of Kangs – it’s no wonder Loki recognizes this new iteration and the threat he poses. We will find out what role Victor has to play in the multiverse in season 2 of Loki fall this summer.