Is Ant-Man 3’s Kang The Conqueror The Same As Loki’s He Who Remains?

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s first trailer showcases Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, begging the question if he is the same as Majors’ He Who Remains from the Loki season 1 finale. Majors was confirmed to be appearing as Kang the Conqueror in 2020, before appearing in Loki as He Who Remains. Given the multiversal nature of the MCU’s Phases 4, 5, and 6, as well as the characters both being played by Majors, Kang and He Who Remains could be the cause of some confusion for audiences.

However, Kang the Conqueror as seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is not the same as He Who Remains, instead being a multiversal variant of the latter. In Loki, He Who Remains was revealed as the head of the TVA, with his control of the Sacred Timeline stopping the endless multiverses from colliding with one another. In doing so, He Who Remains was blocking his more cruel multiversal variants from conquering the multiverse by keeping them separated. Ant-Man 3 is expected to feature one of these variants, again played by Majors, this time going by the more fitting name of Kang the Conqueror.

In terms of what happened to He Who Remains, the answer to that is vital to Kang’s appearance in Ant-Man 3. At the end of Loki, Sylvie, hellbent on murdering the head of the TVA due to the destruction of her timeline, killed He Who Remains. As neither Sylvie nor Loki took over the TVA, and with He Who Remains no longer alive, the Sacred Timeline began to split and created the endless multiverse that will continue to be explored in the rest of the Multiverse Saga. Because of He Who Remains’ death, his more evil variant, Kang the Conqueror, is able to expand his conquest across the multiverse, though it falls on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to explain how and why he is in the Quantum Realm and if he is at all aware of He Who Remains and his other variants.

As of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, only two variants have been shown of Kang in the MCU thus far. However, the Multiverse Saga can offer a difference with its main villain that Thanos and the Infinity Saga could not. The nature of the multiverse, as well as the many variants of Kang across the multiverse said to be vying for power, could mean that other variants will be introduced on both the good and bad side of the fight. The first of these will be seen in Ant-Man 3, releasing early next year, with plenty more potentially still to come.

From villainous versions like Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3 to Immortus and Rama-Tut (hinted at in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight) to more benevolent beings like He Who Remains and Iron Lad, Kang’s many variants can be explored in a vast number of projects in the upcoming MCU Phases 5 and 6. Projects like the upcoming Fantastic Four could have Kang variant connections, given that Nathaniel Richards (Iron Lad) is a distant relative of Reed Richards. Loki season 2 will likely focus on Kang’s conquest, as hinted by the finale’s end scene, and potentially even have another variant. Finally, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will likely capitalize on the conqueror version of Kang showcased in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.