The official introduction of Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania opened up a lot of questions regarding this futuristic character and the powers and abilities he displayed in the fight against the Ant-Family and the freedom fighters of the Quantum Realm. He was an incredibly powerful opponent that none of the Ant-Family members could defeat alone. But does Kang have powers, or does he simply rely on technology?
Kang the Conqueror is a normal human being named Nathaniel Richards. He doesn’t have any superpowers but comes from a future where the technology is far more advanced than anything in the main Marvel timeline. As such, he is powerful enough to defeat opponents with inferior technology.
As advanced as the Ant-Man and Wasp suits may be and as powerful and useful as Pym particles are, they pale in comparison to the destructive and defensive capabilities of Kang’s suit because he possesses technology that is hundreds of years more advanced than what any genius in the present Marvel timeline could ever come up with. That said, let’s look at whether or not Kang has any superpowers.
Does Kang have any powers?
Kang was officially introduced as a menacing MCU opponent during Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The thing about Kang was that he was shown to be as strong as an entire army all on his own as he was able to take over the Quantum Realm after he regained the use of his suit due to Janet Van Dyne’s actions years before the events of the movie. And the Quantum Realm has its fair share of strong characters, such as Jentorra and her freedom fighters.
Nevertheless, despite how strong some of the freedom fighters were, Kang could still take over the Quantum Realm and establish his empire and powerful army using the technology of his suit. Meanwhile, during the events of the movie, he showcased his incredible power by overpowering the combined might of the Ant-Family and the freedom fighters combined. And he even boasted that he had destroyed countless timeliness and universes and killed many Avengers (including Thor) in those different universes.
So, with that said, it goes without saying that Kang the Conqueror was so powerful that he couldn’t even remember how many Avengers he had killed in the different timelines and universes that he came from. But does Kang have any powers?
It was clear during the flashback scene between Kang and Janet that this villain had no powers and was just a regular human being with the same physical limitations that all humans have. And as Janet mentioned, he was only able to take over the Quantum Realm when he gained access to his suit after they were able to fix the power core on his ship.
That means that Kang has no powers at all. Without his suit, he doesn’t have any abilities that are beyond what humans are capable of. Of course, he is quite a genius and smarter than most people. Still, he is similar to Tony Stark because he has no superhuman abilities when he doesn’t have access to his suit or weapons.
Why is Kang so powerful?
Even though Kang is still just a regular human being, he is incredibly powerful during the events of Quantumania. He didn’t have many problems facing the combined forces of the Ant-Family and the freedom fighters. Killing countless Avengers in different timelines is also a testament that proves he is incredibly powerful. So, why is Kang so powerful if he’s a regular human being?
As Janet said, Kang has access to technology centuries ahead of what mankind or probably any other civilization in the universe is capable of. The moment he gained access to his suit, he was nearly unstoppable as he quickly took over the Quantum Realm all on his own and established his own empire. And it is all due to the futuristic technology that he possesses.
Of course, he possesses futuristic tech because he is a time-traveling conqueror that came from a different timeline but ended up traveling from one timeline or universe to another so that he could conquer and destroy those timelines and universes. And with this tech, he could dominate some of the universe’s strongest heroes.
In the comics, Kang is said to possess armor made from a rare alloy from the 40th century, and that alloy is nearly 2,000 years more advanced than any alloy found in the mainline Marvel universe. The armor is also neuro-kinetic, connected to Kang’s subconscious thoughts.
This armor gives Kang the physical enhancements he needs to combat powerful opponents. He can lift more than 5 tons, as we saw him dominating Scott Lang in their hand-to-hand fight in Quantumania. The armor is also capable of producing its force field and is said in the comics to have the capability to withstand a nuclear strike at point-blank range.
Meanwhile, in the movie, we could see what Kang was capable of with this armor. He could use it to control a person’s body telekinetically, such that he could push MODOK against a wall without even touching him. He also tortured Cassie using the same power that his armor grants him.
The most dangerous weapon that Kang showed in the movie was his ability to release blasts of concussive energy that could push back powerful characters and even disintegrate freedom fighters with a single hit. This weapon is unlike anything we’ve seen in Marvel, as it is most likely exponentially stronger than any of Iron Man’s energy blasts.
And to top it all off, Kang’s armor allows him to open portals within the same dimension, as he can use them to teleport from one place to another as long as those places exist within the same universe and timeline.
That said, it is clear that his suit has technological capabilities that are far ahead of what any genius in the MCU can create. His suit allows him to have powers that trump the capabilities of Tony Stark’s most powerful Iron Man suit. And the fact that he was able to kill Thor and a lot of other powerful Avengers in multiple timelines and universes means that his futuristic tech makes him almost invincible.