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Kang has formally planted his flag within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Picture: Marvel Studios

When it was introduced that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania wouldn’t solely star Kang the Conquerer however kick off Section 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you needed to imagine not solely wouldn’t it have finish credit score scenes, however that these scenes can be bangers. And the movie doesn’t disappoint.

Quantumania is now in theaters and, as you’ve in all probability heard, it’s received Marvel’s conventional two finish credit score scenes—one within the center and one on the very finish. However what units Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania aside is that its finish credit score scenes are in all probability essentially the most vital in a really, very very long time. So let’s speak about them. Clearly, main spoilers to observe.

To completely recognize the primary finish credit scene, you must return to the film itself. Within the movie, Kang says a number of occasions that he’s been exiled to the Quantum Realm. It’s a spot indifferent from all area and time, so as a result of he can see and journey by all of time, it’s the one place that may maintain him. That opens up a number of questions. Who despatched him there? Why? The “why” is answered within the movie. Kang skipped to the top of time and noticed how the whole lot ends. He doesn’t go into specifics however he says it ends with “lots of me.” This Kang, apparently, didn’t like that. He’s a singular drive and needs to be essentially the most highly effective Kang so, with the data of what the long run holds, he started touring the multiverse, destroying Empires, Avengers, and timelines through incursions. Precisely what he hoped to realize besides simply inflicting chaos is unclear however we all know what occurred subsequent. It pissed off the opposite Kangs who’ve a bigger plan he was making an attempt to mess up.

Kang seems to be out at his empire.Picture: Marvel Studios

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That data is essential to the primary finish credit scene. That’s after we see three completely different Kang variants assembly up: Rama-Tut, Centurion, and Immortus—all references to alternate variations of Nathaniel Richards, the person who grew to become Kang, within the comics. They’re assembly to debate the actual fact Kang the Conquerer, who they banished to the Quantum Realm, is lifeless. It is a large deal. Kangs don’t die simply, particularly not ones these very highly effective Kangs wished gone. Nevertheless, the larger deal is the one who killed him. A human being. An Avenger. And with the data that humanity and the Avengers are starting to study and use to journey the multiverse these Kangs imagine they management, they are saying they should pace up their timeline. Once more, we don’t know for what precisely however we all know that the trio calls each Kang that exists throughout the multiverse for a gathering. These are the “lots of me’s” that Kang the Conquerer referred to earlier, and from the comics, it’s referred to as the Council of Kangs—beings who’re coming to take over the remainder of the universe to start out, we expect, a “Kang Dynasty.” It’s our first and greatest look but on the risk the MCU is dealing with within the Multiverse Saga.

What’s so cool about this scene, moreover seeing Jonathan Majors as so many alternative Kangs, is that it solutions one of many movie’s largest questions (who banished Kang) and provides some extra context to Scott Lang’s confused mindset on the finish of the film. He’s unsure that beating Kang actually solved all the issues and he’s proper. One thing dangerous is going on and right here we get a style of it. It’s a wise tease along with being a great punctuation to finish the film.

Loki’s He Who Stays looms giant. Picture: Marvel Studios

Scene two is extra easy but in addition associated to all of this. At an undisclosed time and place, a person named Victor Well timed is performing in entrance of an viewers. Well timed is, appropriately, speaking about time. He says it’s based mostly on lies and believes he can form it. Within the viewers watching that is none aside from Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who’s with Mobius (Owen Wilson). Loki tells Mobius that Well timed is “him,” referencing a being he met as one other Kang variant, He Who Stays. Mobius doesn’t suppose Well timed is as scary as Loki has described however, in reality, Loki—and we—know he’s.

This scene is from season two of Loki, although it’s unclear when within the season that is (in all probability the center since Mobius and Loki appear to be buddy-buddy once more, regardless of Mobius not understanding him on the finish of final season). The larger query although is that within the comics, Well timed was a secret disguise of Kang Prime, the mayor of a self-established and self-named city in 1901 who used the persona to stay on Earth and turn into a titan of business. Is that this Well timed like that? A time traveler from throughout the galaxy? Or simply one other variant? Hopefully, we discover out later this yr on Loki.

Test again quickly for extra spoiler discussions of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It’s in theaters now.

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