Loki first introduced Kang the Conqueror in its finale. And from the looks of it, he is definitely going to be the next major villain in the MCU. Also, he might be way more powerful than Thanos as well. We have decoded the why’s and how’s below.
In the season finale of the Disney+ show Loki, we saw Loki played by Tom Hiddleston and Lady Loki, portrayed by Sophia Di Martino go to the mysterious Citadel present at the very End of Time.
When they were in the Citadel, they find out that He Who Remains (played by Jonathan Majors) runs the Time Variance Authority. Also, he is the one who created the Sacred Timeline.
We learn that He Who Remains is a Kang the Conqueror variant. He warns our leads that there will be an infinite number of Kang the Conqueror variants, and they will start a full-fledged Multiversal war if they murder him. But Sylvie ignores the warning and murders him, thus, releasing the Multiverse.
We know that Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, was the main villain in the beginning 3 phases of the MCU. He was the one who was influencing events as way back as 2012’s The Avengers.
But he made his biggest impact in Avengers: Infinity War, where he eliminated half of all life in the universe by wielding the Infinity Stones.
Among the dusted, there were numerous MCU heroes as well. But the rest of the Avengers were eventually able to assemble and defeat the mad titan in Avengers: Endgame. But to do that, the remaining Avengers had to time travel to reverse things.
However, in the end, Thanos gave them a good fight. But he wasn’t able to succeed because of Iron Man’s sacrifice. In fact, the biggest sacrifice of the MCU was done by Iron Man. He was the one who kickstarted the MCU, and he was the one who decided to give his life up to protect others.
Now, Kang’s introduction as the next big bad of Marvel has inevitably brought forth the comparison with Thanos. Know that both the villains are formidable. Thanos murdered half-of-all-life, and he accomplished it all with wild time-traveling shenanigans.
But viewers know that the mad titan doesn’t need the Infinity Stones to be powerful. He was superior in intellect and strength. On the other hand, Kang is a regular guy.
He doesn’t have the strength that Thanos possesses. But the power he lacks in strength, he makes up for in time-traveling capability.
This allows him to have access to weapons from all sorts of time periods. Not to mention the fact that he possesses a superior intellect.
After all, he was the one who figured out how to put everything into one controllable Sacred Timeline. So when we were comparing the two, then one thing stood out:
Kang is more dangerous because he can time travel. And this one ability overshadows anything that Thanos can do. Miss Minutes (voiced by Tara Strong) says in the finale while talking about He Who Remains that:
“He created all, and he controls all.”
Even though Thanos single-handedly eliminated half of all life in the universe, but he was still bound by the timeline that the Kang variant had created.
So even though Thanos was the one pulling strings in the MCU all along, but he was only able to do that because the Kang variant we saw let him.
The Avengers defeated the mad titan with the help of time travel. But when facing Kang, they won’t have that weapon to utilize because he has mastery over that.
Kang basically knows everything that will ever take place in the MCU. And this makes him powerful, formidable, and unbeatable. Also, do note that he is unbeatable in more ways than one. This is because if one Kang gets defeated, then more will come.
Right now, Kang has the potential to be the strongest villain that the MCU has seen till now. But how much of that potential will be realized, remains to be seen.
After all, apart from this brief appearance in Loki, we don’t know much about him. In comparison, the MCU dedicated its first 3 Phases to the war with Thanos as well as the resultant fallout.
But if MCUs Kang resembles the one from the comics, who has taken multiple forms, and can access any time periods he wants, then the villain can certainly put Thanos to shame.
But will that happen? That remains to be seen.