THE COUNCIL OF KANGS: EXPLAINED

by | Feb 23, 2023

HERE’S A KANG, THERE’S A KANG, IT’S A COUNCIL OF KANGS!

The Council of Kangs from the Marvel Comics.

via Marvel Comics

It was at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania that the Council of Kangs officially introduced itself in the MCU. The first season of Loki teased the significance of Jonathan Majors’ Kang in “the Multiverse Saga,” and Quantumania gave us the first glimpse at the might of the dimension-hopping intellect.

For those who’ve seen Quantumania and sat around for the movie’s mid-credits scene, you might have caught a glimpse of the multiverse, one inhabited by an entire colosseum filled with Kangs. Set your sights: this is the Council of Kangs.

WHAT IS THE COUNCIL OF KANGS?

Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) believes that he has seen the last of Kang (Jonathan Majors) at the end of their riot in the Quantum Realm, but you can’t end a multidimensional being with just a beatdown.

The mid-credits sequence features three variants of Kang discussing the events that transpired with their exiled counterpart, and about the fact that Ant-Man now knows about their “Multiversal Empire.”

It is then that you get a glance at a colosseum-like arena, one filled with thousands of Kang variants from all across the multiverse. It looks eerily similar to Rick and Morty’s Council of Ricks.

IMMORTUS, RAMA-TUT, AND THE SCARLET CENTURION: THE KANGS WE KNOW

The Marvel Comics’ version of Council of Kangs is led by Prime Kang, but MCU has made some changes to hand over the reins to other Kang variants.

One thing that the Council of Kangs from the comics is known for is culling any Kang that they deem as rogue. As Quantumania’s Kang revealed the cause of his exile being his own variants, it becomes imminent that Immortus might be pulling the strings in a similar fashion to the comics, all in the hopes of “grooming” Prime Kang.

This is where MCU’s Council of Kangs is slightly different. Rather than secretly scheming, Immortus seems to be the leader of the Kangs, an old, blue-skinned, long-bearded leader.

Accompanying him are Rama-Tut, an Egyptian pharaoh version of Kang, and Scarlet Centurion, a futuristic, heavily armored version of Kang. These three variants seem to be leading the council, with one sole purpose of their meeting: creating a battle plan to fight the Avengers before they intervene with their plans.

WILL AVENGERS FACE ALL THE KANGS IN KANG DYNASTY?

The short answer is, yes, the Avengers will be facing off against the Council of Kangs at some point. Since Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s mid-credits scene focused more on a specific Kang trio, we expect these three to be the main villains, which will make things a bit fair.

What remains to be seen next is the connections MCU will establish leading up to the Avengers film. You can expect to see more of Kang in Loki season 2, obvious from Loki and Mobius’ meet-up with Victor Timely (another Kang variant) in Quantumania’s post-credits scene.

MCU could also use the upcoming Fantastic 4 movie to establish the connection between Kang and Reed Richards, who are speculated to be relatives spread across time.