The Ant-Man 3 title suggests that Kang the Conqueror is another creation of Tony Stark.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, if we go by the title, its a hint that the movie is set to bring us one of Marvel’s most notorious villains. Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) will make his entry into the MCU and by the hands of our very own Tony Stark our very own Iron Man.
On Disney Investor’s Day, Marvel announced new details about its Phase 4 including the title for Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd starring Ant-Man and the Wasp three-qual as Quantumania. The movie will be helmed by Spider-man fame Peyton Reed. As the name suggests that the villain fo the movie, Kang the Conqueror found his way into the MCU with a little help from Iron Man.
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Tony-and-Kang Connection in the MCU
Tony’s actions first saw consequences in 2008 Iron-Man in the form of Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane AKA Jeff Bridges). Stane used the arc-reactor technology to make his Iron suit. Further Iron Man’s actions saw repercussions in 2013 Iron-Man where Aldrich Killian makes use of his Extremis tech. But his actions took the shape of an android in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. The thing is even the name of the movie would not have been possible without Tony. His plan to create “a suit of armour around the world” led to the creation of Ultron who almost destroyed the Avengers.
However, the fact that Tony is dead does not mean it’s the end of it all. And Ant-Man 3 might prove it. The word “Quantumania” relates to the Quantum realm, something that Tony heard about in Endgame from Scott Lang. Although Tony warned against such a “time-heist”, he eventually figured it out and made a “fully functional time-space GPS”. Then the Avengers used this tech to travel back in time and acquire the infinity stones. This indirectly may hold Iron Man responsible for laying the tracks for the arrival of Kang the Conqueror.
The After Effects of Avenger’s Time Heist
In Endgame, towards the end, Tony tells Steve, “you mess with time, it tends to mess back.” And true MCU fashion it should have long term repercussions. While it sounded like gospel at the time but the audience didn’t know what. Loki’s escape from the 2012 timeline was just the start of it.
By mentioning the resultant time ripple, Tony clearly meant that something bad always happens when someone tries to control time. This might have been a sign of the imminent arrival of Kang the Conqueror into the MCU. As we all know that Kang is someone who travelled back in time to face the Avengers. And Ant-Man 3 might show a reference to these words of Tony Stark. And even if it doesn’t, we know it relates. So, all this does seem to prove that it will again be the actions of Tony Stark that will bring Kang the Conqueror to the big picture.
Kang the Conqueror in the MCU
Kang the Conqueror AKA Nathaniel Richards is born in the 30th century. In the comics, he conquers worlds by travelling through time by gaining access to a time machine. A descendant of Reed Richards AKA Mr Fantastic and Sue Storm, he is known to take many forms across different periods in history.
With Endgame establishing the concept of time travel, it totally makes sense for Kang’s arrival. This is further stressed by the announcement of the Fantastic Four movie. Directed by Peyton Reed (no wonder!), Ant-Man 3 will see Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.