Quantumania post-credits scene and 4 major new characters explained
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania includes two post-credits scenes that set the stage for Phase 5 of the MCU. We break down what they mean.
Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
^ Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania has two post-credits scenes, both of which have significant influence on Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As confirmed by studio head Kevin Feige, Phases 4, 5, and 6 of the MCU are dubbed the Multiverse Saga, delving into the franchise's multiverse potential. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever Phase 5 kicks off with a deep dive into the Quantum Realm and, more importantly, a proper introduction to Kang the Conqueror. Poised to be the MCU's next Thanos-level threat, Conqueror isn't the only version of Kang revealed in Quantumania.
Both of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania's post-credits scenes introduce a new variant of Kang. A mid-credits scene establishes the Council of Kang by revealing the three leaders, along with a host of other variants assembled after the Conqueror's death. The final credits scene sets up a specific variant, Victor Timely, and sees the MCU return of Loki and Mobius. Now, we break down what the Quantumania end credits scene means for the MCU's Phase 5 and several projects in particular.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever" credits The scene introduces three new key Kang variants, two of which are easily identifiable by their similarities to their comic book counterparts. There's Immortus Kang, recognizable by his classic large headdress, and then there's Pharaoh Rama-Tut. The third, futuristic Kang has no obvious match to the comics, so he's either a reworked version of a known Kang variant - like Prime Kang - or an entirely new character.
Who The 3 Kang Variants In Quantumania's Credits Scenes Are
As far as known Kang variants are concerned, Rama-Tut first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1961 as an Egyptian pharaoh and a villain of the Fantastic Four. When Marvel's First Family traveled back in time, they encountered -- and defeated -- a time traveler who used his futuristic technology to become the ruler of Egypt. Immortus differs from other Kang variants in that it is less prone to violence and more susceptible to manipulation. In the comics, Immortus joins the Time-Keepers against other versions of himself, though he's still a rival of the Avengers and Fantastic Four. Loki season 1's He Who Remains used aspects of Immortus, but the show's version of the character isn't a direct adaptation.
Quantumania's end credits introduces the Immortals, Ramatu and the Third The Kang variant also effectively revealed the Council of Kang, although the name was never used. In the comics, the Council of Kang is led by Prime Kang, who tricks Immortus into wiping out all other Kang variants in the multiverse. The Loki season 1 finale basically reversed this storyline, with Loki and Sylvie killing Kang who controlled the timeline and unleashing his mutants across the multiverse. This sets the stage for the rollout of all these new kangs.
What Is The Council Of Kangs
As for the Council of Kangs, in Quantumania's end credits scene, Immortus is positioned as the leader, which changes the group dynamic slightly. There's no Prime Kang - unless it looks like the futuristic Kang is a reworked version, or he's actually another post-credits character (more on that later) - and Immortus won't fight his variant. Therefore, this Kang will be different from the comics. As far as their motivations go, they seem to be focused on maintaining their respective kingdoms in the multiverse. However, since Ant-Man defeated Kang the Conqueror, they saw him and the Avengers as a threat, leading to the main conflict of Phase 5.
The Council of Kings most obviously established Avengers: Kang's Dynasty. While Marvel Studios hasn't officially revealed the movie's plot, the Quantum Fever post-credits scene sets up Kang as the main villain of the fifth Avengers film. Ant-Man was able to kill Kang the Conqueror with the help of The Wasp, which means a single MCU hero could theoretically defeat a single Kang variant with some help, but all of Kang's variants combined are pretty powerful. They banded together on the Council of the Kangs, positioning the collective as a threat worthy of the Avengers' reunion.
Quantumania Sets Up Avengers 5: Kang Dynasty (& Possibly Fantastic Four)
While the Quantumania end credits scene is clearly set up for the Kang Dynasty, it may also secretly be set up for another MCU movie: The Fantastic Four. It's unclear who will be the villains of the MCU's Fantastic Four. While past iterations have adapted Doctor Doom, Marvel Studios may be going in a different direction. After all, Doom has appeared in two different Fantastic Four movies. Instead, the MCU's Fantastic Four villains could be a version of Kang - either the Rama-Tut who faces them in the comics, or another variant. Since Fantastic Four is the last MCU movie Properly setting the stage for the Avengers before Kang's reign makes sense, and the most logical approach would be to have Kang as the main villain.
The end credits scene of the second Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever introduces a fourth Con variant: Victor Tamley. He was introduced on what appeared to be an early 1900's stage and delivered his speech on time. In the comics, Victor Timely is an inventor and industrialist who builds a town in Wisconsin that bears his name. This variant of Kang becomes the mayor, but uses the technological advancements he brings from the future to lay the groundwork to help him conquer later in the timeline. However, Victor Timely is also a disguise for Prime Kang.
Victor Timely & Loki Season 2 Setup Explained
As the end credits scene of Quantumania continues, it is revealed that Loki and Mobius are sitting in the crowd for Victor Timely's demo. Loki confirms that Victor is the one he fears, though Mobius is initially skeptical. This leads directly to Loki season 2, and there's no doubt that Loki and the Slack Authority will track down versions of Kang throughout the multiverse.
This is probably most Loki season 2 will focus heavily on Victor Timely since he has such a prominent role in the credits. The season could end with the reveal that he's Prime Kang - and he could join or take over the Kang Council. Alternatively, Marvel could avoid the character's comic book counterpart, and he could just serve as a one-off villain in Loki, much like Kang the Conqueror did in Quantumania. Either way, the fact that Loki appears in the Quantmania post-credits scene is a definite setup for season 2, which is expected to release on Disney+ this year.
At the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Fever, after the second credits scene, the film's title card reads "Kon will be back", but does not specify which movie or show it is in Appear. It's reminiscent of the MCU Phase 1 movies, which gave the heroes a similar title card before they united in The Avengers. Marvel brought it back to the Multiverse Saga and included them in other films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Strangely enough, Quantumania isn't teasing Ant-Man's return, but Kang's.
When Will Kang Return In The MCU?
This makes a lot of sense, since Kang was Meant to be the MCU's next major villain. As mentioned above, he'll be the main villain of Avengers: Dynasty Kang and a key figure in Loki season 2. A version of Kang could also appear in or be a villain in a Fantastic Four movie. Beyond that, it's unclear when Kang will return in the MCU. But with at least two other appearances confirmed after the third Ant-Man movie, Marvel Studios is sure already trying to keep up with the promise of Kang returning after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Madness.
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