Well, the conclusion of the recent Loki series on Disney+ sure has everyone salivating!
And if they keep true to form, the minds behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will surely show fans of the Avengers films that, truly, it’s all connected.
Even multiple timelines.
That’s what the recent Spider-Man films have shown us, and that was the premise behind Loki – the creative endeavour that introduced viewers to He Who Remains, the creator of the Time Variance Authority, the mysterious figure who resides in the Citadel at the End of Time.
Kang The Conqueror.
Well, a version of him, anyway. There are many, of course.
In the comics, Kang is a time-travelling, multiversal plane hopping, multi-version villain that now looks to be a main antagonist for the MCU set of heroes during, at least, this Phase Four series of films and television shows. He’ll next appear in Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania, due for release on February 17, 2023.
Whether he’ll be a villain on the same scale as Thanos is anyone’s guess. Mine is that he won’t be, but he’ll serve as a narrative bridge and threat until the next-level baddie is finally revealed – which I expect/hope to be in the MCU Phase Four Fantastic Four film, currently in development.
But today, Marvel Comics looks to feed the current Kang fervor with the release of Kang The Conqueror #1.
Written by Jackson Lanzing (Star Trek: Year Five, Joyride, Vast, Dark One) and Collin Kelly (Star Trek, Joyride, Zojaqan) and illustrated by Marvel Comics stalwart, Carlos Magno (Avengers Mech Strike, Empyre: Avengers, Invaders, Fantastic Four), Kang The Conqueror is an origin story and a perfect jumping on point for new (and old) readers, fascinated by the powerful time-hopping villain.
Although he has carried many different titles in many different timelines (pharaoh, warlord, anti-hero, etc.), Kang has always been a conqueror and a resolute foe to the real heroes of the Marvel universe.
Caught in an endless cycle of destruction and creation, this miniseries finds an old and broken Kang interceding with his younger self, sending the would-be conqueror down a dark path – and giving deep explanation for his own motivations, and longevity fans.
If you’re into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel comics, or character-driven storytelling with a sci-fi twist, make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up Kang The Conqueror #1 today!
After all, there’s no time like the present!