What’s up with the ‘Ant-Man: Quantumania’ credit scenes?

So you’ve seen “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and you’ve stayed around and watched the scenes after “Quantumania” and you’re going, “What the—?”

Well, have no fear, we are here to exterminate your Kangfusion. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, in which case, we’re really against you — so if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to spoil your viewing experience, stop reading! But if you’ve seen it, here it is… (Again, spoilers follow)

It is no blame to say, despite the threat of time travel Kang the Conqueror to be conquering himself in “Quantumania,” it must have gotten mortifying, we would have seen more of it. Him? They? After all, Marvel has announced the next Avengers movie, to be released in May 2025, called “The Kang Dynasty”. (By the way, why not shorten his name to “Kanqueror”? It seems like it would save time, and that’s what it’s for, right?) The only questions are how he’s going to perform between here and there.

The opening credits scene doesn’t exactly answer that, but it creates a lot of interesting possibilities by introducing the audience to the Council of Kangs (all played by Jonathan Majors). What is Kangs Council? Funny story.

Kang-Prime, the man who would become the King of Kangs, joined a few versions of him (full version thing in Marvel; see “Loki” Season 1 for a primer on these alternate versions of characters) to get around the timelines by killing their own, or, rather, the versions they deemed useless or humiliated by their Kangaroo court. Come on, that’s kind of hilarious: Their raison d’être is finding Kang or Troubled Kang with a Debilitating Bunion or just the Kang Who Got Worked by Thor and clearing from his timelines? It’s funny in a mass murder kind of way. Much self-esteem issues, Mr. Conqueror?

However, the eventual dissolution of the Kang Council due to trying to kill each other led to the creation of the Trans-Time Council of Kangs (which sounds a bit like the Originals renaming the New Originals), with a much larger membership more. — basically, any Kang who killed another Kang. That’s not all there is; robots are involved, but for now, this Kang-killing Cunning Council seems more like the critical mass of Kangs we see gathered at the end of the first credits scene. It’s obviously put together by a trio of OG Kangs who appear to include Pharoah Rama-Tut, one of the more famous versions of Nathaniel Richards, the man who will eventually become Kang (yes, Richardsas in Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, but that’s a long story for someone else, you know, time).

Interestingly, the first arch enemy of Kang’s Council was not the Avengers or the Fantastic Four, but Kang: Nathaniel Richards’ future good, sometimes bad self, known as Immortus, who we haven’t officially seen in the MCU. but, although the version of He Who Remains in “Loki” Season 1 has some resemblance to him (I know, I know, of course there are similarities, it’s the same guy; you get it).

The doors are wide open at this point for Kang’s involvement with heroes across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For example, Rama-Tut has extensive connections not only to the Fantastic Four – after all, his first appearance was in FF No. 19 (1963) – but with heroes including Moon Knight. In the comics, Moon Knight in Ancient Egypt saves Richards’ life from Rama-Tut. That Moon Knight, by the way, was later Ravonna Renslayer, who emerged very close to Kang; in the Disney+ series “Loki”, she is a big shot from the Time Variation Authority played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. In the Disney+ TV series “Moon Knight”, a design on the back of the jacket of a briefly seen henchman has been speculated to be a reference to Rama-Tut – it appears to be a drawing of his distinctive headpiece with splashes of color suggesting Kang’s . tea-and-purple scheme.

And, of course, all fans know about the changing appearance of Kang known as the One Who Stays in Season 1 of “Loki.” That brings us to the second credits scene, which feels like a teaser for “Loki” Season 2, featuring Thor’s adoptive brother and Time Variation Agent M. Mobius (probably a reference to the Möbius strip, no Michael Morbius, played here by Owen Wilson) in 1901 to see a presentation by inventor Victor Timely. Surprise (not)! He is another version of Nathaniel Richards. Boy, is Jonathan Majors keeping himself busy these days. You won’t see what horrors he will achieve in early 20th century Wisconsin, but his name is a charming Easter egg: Before Marvel was Marvel, it was Timely Comics.

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