Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was a hell of a ride for MCU fans, mainly because it finally sets up the big picture – and the next great MCU villain. Sure, we’ve already seen Kang in Loki, but the He Who Remains variant wasn’t as bad or dangerous as we had hoped. This version, however – Kang the Conqueror – claims to have already killed numerous Avengers.
So much so, he says, that he lost count, and all of them kind of became a blur to him. Seeing that Kang is a time and space traveler, hopping through any point on the timeline of any given universe, it might be that he killed different variants of the Avengers in other universes.
Or, it might be that, what Kang did in his past, is something we’ll get to see in the future of the MCU. Let’s explore this possibility.
Did Kang already kill any Avengers in the MCU?
Before we get into which Avengers Kang might’ve killed already, it’s important to note that, as far as we know, he didn’t kill any Avengers from MCU’s main timeline. However, he certainly did kill some Avengers in his past. Whether those Avengers are from this particular MCU timeline remains to be seen (yes, that’s a possibility, too, but we’ll get to that later).
Regardless of which timeline (or timelines) he was referring to, Kang shared that he DID kill Avengers before – many of them, that is. While speaking to Kang in the Quantum Realm, Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, says to Kang that he is an Avenger, and that he has already called the other Avengers, and that they’re on their way to defeat him.
Kang just shrugs it off and says:
“You think this is new to me? Do you know how many rebellions I’ve put down? How many worlds I’ve conquered? How many Avengers I’ve killed? And you think you can beat me? I am Kang!”
The part that got most fans out of their seats is when Kang added:
“Have I killed you before? They all blur together after a while. You’re not the one with the hammer?”
So, first, this means that Kang probably met numerous versions of the Avengers across numerous timelines and killed them so many times he doesn’t even know which is which.
But, when he asks Ant-Man, ‘you’re not the one with the hammer?’, it clearly suggests that the Conqueror might’ve killed one of the mightiest Avengers single-handedly – something that even Thanos couldn’t do, with all his might and all six Infinity Stones.
Without further ado, here’s a list of Avengers that Kang potentially killed in the MCU in his past before getting trapped in the Quantum Realm.
All the Avengers Kang (potentially) killed in the MCU
Kang has been around Marvel Comics since the 1960s. Numerous versions of Kang killed countless characters, so we won’t dive into who Kang killed in the comics.
However, we can use the comics to figure out where the MCU might be heading with Kang the Conqueror – or at least which Avengers he could potentially kill (or had already killed by the time Ant-Man 3 took place). Let’s dive in!
Let’s get obvious out of the way. Kang asked Ant-Man if he was ‘the one [Avenger] with the hammer.’ We all know which Avenger wields a hammer, right?
Thor is one of the mightiest – if not THE mightiest Avenger – and it seems that Kang already killed him before in his life. That’s right – Kang did something that Thanos failed to do while wielding all six Infinity Stones!
In Avengers: Infinity War, during the battle of Wakanda, Thor throws Stormbreaker at Thanos, and the strike powers through Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet to jab him right in the chest. Had Thor gone for the head…
So, if Kang managed to kill Thor and talks about it with Ant-Man so nonchalantly like it was no big deal – that just goes to show what kind of a brutal threat he is. Now, which Thor did Kang kill?
One would think that he was likely talking about a Thor variant from another universe, but the truth is, that doesn’t even have to be the case. You see, Kang travels through both time and space, meaning his past might be our MCU future.
So, what if Kang had actually traveled into the future and killed Thor – something that we’ll see in Phase 5 or Phase 6 of the MCU? Only time will tell, I guess.
This option actually popped into my mind because of Marvel Comics. In the comics, a younger version of Nathaniel Richards, aka Iron Lad, was the leader of the Young Avengers. Eventually, however, he fulfills his destiny and becomes Kang.
Iron Lad’s former armor gets filled with Nathaniel Richards’ past memories, brain, etc., essentially creating an android version of Iron Lad, later referred to as the new Vision.
So, when Kang comes back to kill the android version of his younger self, he doesn’t know which one he is – all he knows is that he is called Vision, so he starts killing alternative versions of Vision, one by one.
Now, the MCU likely won’t follow the same storyline, but seeing that we do have a new Vision in the MCU as well, perhaps Kang the Conqueror will cross paths with him at some point and kill him, much like in the comics. As with Thor, there’s a possibility that Kang had already done it somewhere in the future – we just don’t know it yet.
In Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, we’ve seen that Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, is capable of finding ways to travel the multiverse (sort of). So, if we see Kang kill Vision at some point, I’m almost certain he’ll cross paths with Scarlet Witch as well.
And we all know what Wanda turns into when she’s out for revenge due to Vision’s death. Perhaps thirst for revenge got the best of Wanda, and Kang killed her too? Or, at least, some variant of her. I truly believe this particular storyline could happen somewhere along the line.
Well, this one is obvious, although I’m not sure if Kang would want to kill America should they meet. America Chavez has similar powers to Kang in the sense they can both travel through the multiverse at will.
The only thing is, America is still unaware of just how powerful she is, and despite getting a grip of her powers by the end of Doctor Strange 2, she is still nowhere near her potential.
But, should America and Kang meet somewhere in the multiverse, somewhere on the timeline, my guess is that Kang would want her on his side, but knowing how righteous America Chavez is, she’d likely refuse, which would lead to a fight. Perhaps America gets the short end of the stick in that fight?
We were introduced to Moon Knight in the MCU, and although I found the show slightly underwhelming, I absolutely loved Oscar Isaac’s portrayal of Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight.
I’m mentioning him on this list because, in the comics, Moon Knight and Kang the Conqueror meet – and, as Kang says, they fought the same fight countless times, always ending with Kang emerging as victorious.
But there’s a twist. In one of those fights, Moon Knight actually uses Kang’s time-traveling against him and defeats the Conqueror. So, perhaps we’ll see several versions of Moon Knight killed, but then one of them will play a crucial role in defeating Kang once and for all. Wouldn’t that be epic?
Last but not least, it might not be that Shang-Chi will get killed by Kang or that Kang had already killed him in the MCU’s future, but there was one incredibly important detail in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania that many have glossed over. Didn’t those rings from Kang’s ship’s core look familiar?
In Shang-Chi, when the Hulk and the crew analyze Shang-Chi’s ten rings, he says they were around for thousands of years, but they have no idea where they came from. They also stated they were sending some kind of a signal.
Well, what if those rings ARE Kang’s rings? They even have the same markings! Perhaps he traveled back in time and lost them thousands of years in the past, and then Shang-Chi’s people found them. Or they fought Kang, defeat him, and take the rings?
And what if the signal they were referring to was a signal to Kang to let him find the rings? I’m starting to feel that this particular section of the MCU is much more connected than we thought, and we’re only starting to see how deep the well goes. But Kang – he already knows.