Kang the Conqueror is a formidable foe in the comics, and now that he’s debuted in the MCU with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, he’s transferring his lethal powers to the big screen as well. He is a time-traveling warlord with a complicated backstory and an enigmatic origin. But one of the biggest questions fans are asking about Kang is also one of the most basic: exactly what is he? Is Kang a human, a celestial, or something else entirely? The answer is not as simple as it might seem and depends on which version of Kang you’re looking at. Due to that, we’ve decided to clear up some mysteries regarding Kang’s origin. Let’s see if Kang the Conqueror is Human, Celestial, or something else.
Kang the Conqueror is human, but the answer is not as straightforward as we would have liked, as there are numerous versions of this time-traveling warlord, and some of them have been alien in origin. But the answer still stands, the main version of Kang from Earth-6311, Prime Kang, is human. Kang the Conqueror is, however, a unique type of human because he is Nexus Being as well. This is why he has the power to affect the probability and the time stream.
Now that we’ve covered that the main version of Kang is human in origin, it’s time to analyze this in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!
Is Kang the Conqueror, just a human?
The original version of Kang the Conqueror is just a human; in the comics, he has no inherent superpowers. Prime Kang from Earth-6311 was born in the 30th century under the name Nathaniel Richards. He grew up in an alternate reality where Nathaniel Richards, a brilliant peaceful time-traveler from Earth-616, brought peace. He became sort of a legend among the population of Earth-6311. Some records indicate that Nathaniel Richards from Earth-6311 was a descendant of Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311 through either Reed Richards or Doctor Doom.
Eventually, Nathaniel Richards, inspired by the tales of glory from Earth-616, discovered efficient time-traveling methods and started his multiversal voyage. He soon discovered his fate to become Kang the Conqueror and discovered numerous other versions of him.
I know it sounds complicated, but it’s perfectly reasonable when you take into account that Kang can travel through different timelines and through different universes. At the end of the day, this doesn’t change the fact that Kang the Conqueror was born as a human without any inherent superpowers. He acquired those when he ventured to the 40th century and stole their highly advanced armor that became iconic at this point, and also gave him his “blue-skinned” look. So to answer the question in short, yes, Kang the Conqueror is human, well, at least until we reach the Council of Kangs.
Not all versions of Kang are human
Kang discovered numerous versions of himself, and several other versions diverged from the original Prime Kang, most notable being Iron Lad, Kid Immortus, Immortus, Scarlet Centurion, and Rama-Tut. Some were bad, some were good, and some were downright weird. At one point, Kang the Conqueror decided to create the so-called “Council of Kangs”. Prime Kang created the Council of Kangs, and two other versions of himself joined him with the purpose of killing other inferior versions of Kang.
The Council was successful for a moment, and they managed to kill numerous versions until Immortus revealed himself as the main manipulator behind the scenes. This led to the destruction of the Council of Kangs, and another more bizarre version of the “club” was formed, the Council of Cross-Time Kangs.
Council of Cross-Time Kangs, in turn, was made out of numerous other versions of Kangs, and this is where it really gets weird, as not all Kangs in that Council were humans. Alien versions of Kang as well as android versions of Kang, joined. So even though Prime Kang was human, not all of his divergent versions were, as some were aliens. For proof, check out this alien version of Kang.
Likewise, not all versions of Kang were male. There have been female versions of Kang over the years. Some of them were even members of the Council of Cross-Time Kangs.
What type of being is Kang the Conqueror?
Even though he’s just a human, Kang the Conqueror is a bit more unique than that, as he is also a so-called “Nexus Being.” Nexus Beings are incredibly rare but powerful beings that serve as focal points for mystical energies, probability, and time streams inside a specific universe. Nexus Beings can affect probability, warp reality, and travel through time effortlessly. Their powerful abilities result in the fact that their every action affects the time stream in one way or another, and even though they are needed and integral to the normal structure of time in general, they can pose quite a risk. This is the reason why Time Variance Authority and Time Watchers mostly watch Nexus Beings.
Kang the Conqueror was the Nexus Being of Earth-6311, and another notable Nexus Being is Scarlet Witch, also known as Wanda Maximoff. She serves as a focal point for Earth-616.
Kang, the Conqueror’s status as a Nexus Being, would explain his massive time-traveling abilities and why he is so drawn to mess with the timelines. This doesn’t mean that Nexus Beings are destructive by nature. It just means that they have the potential to alter reality on a massive scale, and some, like Kang the Conqueror, use these abilities for malevolent purposes.