As the inaugural movie in MCU’s Phase 5, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania faces the formidable challenge of rekindling fans’ enthusiasm, ushering Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) into the superhero realm, and elucidating the choice of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) as the primary antagonist in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga. It’s a tall order for a single film to accomplish all of this while still providing a gratifying narrative for its titular characters, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp. However, when it comes to its post-credits scenes, Quantumania shines as one of the MCU’s finest productions, seamlessly linking to future projects while introducing intriguing new characters. With Quantumania now available on Disney+, let’s delve into the movie’s two post-credits scenes—one offering a tantalizing glimpse of Season 2 of Loki, and the other unveiling the multitude of Kang variants that await us in the MCU’s forthcoming chapters.
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The Council of Kangs
Get ready for a journey into the enigmatic realms of Marvel’s multiverse, as the first end credits scene of “Loki” takes us to a place that defies space and time itself. Here, we encounter not one, not two, but three distinct Variants of Kang, each with its own fascinating backstory.
First up, we meet Pharaoh Rama-Tut, a Variant of Kang who embraced tyranny in a bygone era. This character hails straight from the pages of Marvel Comics, where Kang, weary of his futuristic existence, ventured back in time to ancient Egypt. Armed with advanced technology, he assumed the mantle of a pharaoh and ruled with an iron fist. However, his reign was short-lived, as time-traveling Avengers and other Marvel heroes toppled his rule, setting Kang on a path of ever-evolving identities across the timeline.
Next in our trio of Kang Variants is Immortus, a fascinating deviation of Kang’s journey. Following countless thwarted conquest plans, Kang decided to revisit ancient Egypt after his younger self had already departed. This time, he ruled with honor, discovering the purpose he had long sought. Harnessing his genius intellect, Kang slowed his aging and utilized his powers to confront his conqueror persona. Before the clutches of Death could claim him, this version of Kang found refuge in Limbo, a dimension beyond the confines of time. Here, he transformed into Immortus, eternally existing as a guardian of timelines, capable of shaping the course of history. Immortus stands as a formidable force, upholding the sanctity of time itself and thwarting his malevolent counterparts.
Interestingly, while Immortus wields remarkable power, there are striking resemblances between him and the MCU’s He Who Remains. Both characters share a complex relationship with time, with Immortus embodying a neutral stance, safeguarding the temporal tapestry and suppressing the influence of his wicked counterparts.
Prepare to dive headfirst into the captivating world of Marvel’s multiverse as we delve into the mesmerizing end credits scene of “Loki.” In this otherworldly dimension, we encounter a trio of Kang Variants, each shrouded in intriguing mystery.
First in the spotlight is a high-tech Variant of Kang, a character whose comic book counterpart could be either Scarlet Centurion or Iron Lad. The MCU’s unique take on this character opens up uncharted territory, departing from the traditional comic book designs. Scarlet Centurion is a Kang Variant known for donning formidable battle armor in his relentless quest to combat those who once ousted him from ancient Egypt. Adapting the classic Scarlet Centurion attire for live-action presents a creative challenge, and Marvel Studios has the opportunity to reimagine this character’s appearance.
On the other hand, there’s Iron Lad, a heroic Kang Variant who catches a glimpse of his future self as a Conqueror and makes a fateful decision to join the Avengers in their mission to thwart the malevolent Kang Variants. In the comics, Iron Lad’s armor draws inspiration from none other than Iron Man himself. However, with the conclusion of Iron Man’s character arc in the MCU, a complete redesign for Iron Lad may be in the cards. While the notion of a heroic Kang Variant may raise eyebrows, it’s important to remember that the true goals and intentions of this Kang council remain shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the heroic Kang Variant places misplaced trust in his counterparts.
During this gripping scene, the trio of Kangs engages in a thought-provoking discussion, lamenting the demise of the Exiled One at the hands of an Avenger. Their concern intensifies as they ponder the potential chaos wrought by the Avengers meddling with the Multiverse, posing a dire threat to the foundations they’ve meticulously built. As tensions escalate, Immortus takes action, summoning Kang Variants from across countless timelines to convene and address the looming crisis. The scene culminates with a jaw-dropping spectacle as an army of Kangs materializes within a colossal stadium, perhaps poised to launch a formidable assault on the Avengers of Earth-616. With one Kang already wielding immense power, the prospect of an entire legion of Kangs is nothing short of mind-boggling.
How ‘Quantumania’ Leads to ‘Loki’ Season 2
Get ready to step back in time to the early 19th century as we explore the intriguing second end credits scene of “Loki.” In this captivating setting, a man named Victor Timely takes center stage, delivering a riveting presentation on the manipulation of time for the betterment of humanity. As the camera pans from the stage to the engaged audience, we find Loki (Tom Hiddleston) engaged in conversation with Mobius (Owen Wilson). Their discussion revolves around the man on stage, whom Loki firmly believes to be the very villain they’ve been searching for. However, Mobius remains skeptical, prompting Loki to assert that Victor poses a genuine threat to the Multiverse.
In the pages of Marvel Comics, Victor Timely emerges as a Variant of Kang, embarking on a journey through time and assuming the guise of an ingenious scientist and engineer. Disguised as Victor Timely, Kang plays a pivotal role in founding the city of Timely, Wisconsin, transforming it into a hub of innovation and fringe science. This unique Kang Variant remains ageless, compelling him to stage his own death and be succeeded by his son to maintain his concealed existence. Victor employs the town of Timely as a veil to obscure Chronopolis, the city from which Kang the Conqueror can access any point in the timeline, enabling his relentless quest for conquest.
With this intriguing connection to the Quantum Realm and the potential resurrection of Kang, the man on the stage could indeed be the same Kang that Scott Lang believed he vanquished within the Quantum Realm. The full extent of Loki’s apprehension toward Victor will likely unravel in Season 2 of “Loki” on Disney+, shedding light on the reasons behind Loki’s profound fear of this enigmatic figure.
For those eager to dive deeper into this unfolding narrative, “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is currently available for streaming on Disney+.