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Kang’s Origin Story Is Secretly Being Changed By Marvel

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 26,2022
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There have been hints from Marvel’s Moon Knight that Kang the Conqueror’s origins are being altered for the MCU in a covert manner. Kang’s comic book past as the pharaoh Rama-Tut is being linked to the Disney+ show thanks to some new and potential Easter eggs. However, while Moon Knight’s discovery of Alexander the Great’s sarcophagus may be a tease for Kang, new information about the Macedonian ruler may also change Kang’s story in the MCU.

As Moon Knight episode 4 begins, Steven Grant takes the reins and Marc Spector is forced to take a back seat. While they no longer have the power of Khonshu after the moon god was imprisoned by the other Egyptian gods, Steven is still determined to find the ushabti of Ammit before Arthur Harrow, who intends to resurrect the goddess so she can unilaterally judge the world for sins that have not yet been committed. In particular, one of the revelations carries some possible ties to Kang the Conqueror, the new MCU villain teased at the end of Loki.

Despite Moon Knight’s lack of MCU connections, Kang has been subtly introduced in the past two episodes. Ammit and Kang the Conqueror may have a secret connection. but Marvel’s new information about Alexander the Great proves that Kang’s roots will likely be changed because of the role the historical figure played in the time-early traveler’s life in the original comics (especially in recent issues). Here’s how Moon Knight could alter Kang the Conqueror’s origin story in the MCU.

Ammit’s final Avatar was Alexander III of Macedon.

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Ammit’s tomb and the missing Alexander the Great’s tomb are the same, proving that the Macedonian ruler was once Ammit’s avatar, as demonstrated by Marc Spector’s alternate identity Steven Grant in Moon Knight episode 4. From Greece to northwestern India, Alexander is said to have had a vast empire. Accompanied by this new understanding of his role as an Egyptian deity, Ammit helped him rise to become one of history’s greatest conquerors.

Comic book connections to Kang

Kang The Conqueror

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There are intriguing connections between Alexander’s conquest and Nathaniel Richards, the boy who would grow up to be Kang, as depicted in the recently concluded comic book series Kang: The Conqueror. Having learned from an older version of himself, Kang’s origin story is revealed to be paradoxical, with him constantly striving to be a better version of himself than the one that came before. Kang the Conqueror’s youthful heroism was revealed to have been influenced by both Captain America and Alexander the Great, a trait the elder Kang strove to eradicate.

No matter how much he learned and how much time traveled, Kang still admired Alexander the Great and his conquests, as well as his ability to build an empire that was as vast as any in human history. The Sacred Timeline was broken at the end of Loki, so it’s likely he’ll try the same thing in the MCU now that He Who Remains is no longer around.

When Die Hard villain Hans Gruber misquotes Alexander the Great’s true quote about the ruler who wept; it had an impact on Kang’s conquest. Alexander wept after hearing the theory that there were an infinite number of worlds and lamenting that he hadn’t even conquered one, rather than seeing his domain and weeping “for there were no more worlds to conquer”. So the older Kang made it his mission to conquer both time and Alexander. but also to conquer himself, announcing his efforts to mentor his younger self and build up a better Kang, free of the mistakes he’d made.

He may have been a hero in the comic book canon. but his new MCU role as a Moon Knight’s ex-adjacent in the MCU means that Kang, the Macedonian Pharaoh, was probably not as heroic as he was in the comics. This suggests that Kang’s origins in the MCU may be different than they are in the comics, at least in terms of Alexander. Kang’s variant, however, who drew even more inspiration from Alexander the Great by becoming an ancient pharaoh, could appear in the MCU very soon.

Rama-Tut: Will He Appear in the MCU?

Rama-Tut

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Rama-Tut was an Egyptian pharaoh who used technology from the future to build a large empire that he hoped would one day rival Alexander the Great’s. In the comics, however, the Fantastic Four were able to stop him in his tracks. One of Ammit’s disciples was wearing a jacket with Rama-Tut crown on it in the third episode of Moon Knight. In addition to the sarcophagus and the lines on the face, the pyramids and the Great Sphinx featured in Loki will be remembered by those who saw The Void at the End of Time. Another version of Ravonna Renslayer, Kang’s love, appeared in the 2021 Kang comic book series during the time of Rama-Tut, who served as the Moon Knight of Khonshu.

In the MCU, Ammit and Kang have a common method of operation that could bring them together. Souls’ pasts, present, and futures, are viewed by Ammit, and they have judged accordingly. He Who Remains, on the other hand, created the Sacred Timeline, which he viewed as a way to maintain order in the multiverse by predefining everyone and everything. Kang’s clone will be doing the same, constructing his own timeline as he builds his empire. It’s possible that Moon Knight will feature his Rama-Tut variant in future episodes. Possibly not, then again. In any case, it appears that the origin story of Kang the Conqueror will undergo some significant transformations in the MCU in the near future.

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