We’ve already met one Kang variant in Loki and we’re about to meet another in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Now the Avengers: The Kang Dynasty writer Jeff Loveness teases more Kang variants to come. Speaking with SFX Magazine recently Loveness talked about how Kang is more than just a time traveller, he’s also a Multiversal traveller.
“I haven’t seen a time-travelling character done with such intricacy and exploration. I’m a little bummed because ‘Endgame’ did so much time travel, so you almost need to broaden him out a little bit too, maybe broaden out into the multiverse a little more, the dimensionality of the character, the limitless freedom he has while also being completely uprooted from his time and himself. Is it just going to all fall apart again because another version of him can destroy it as well? What’s the purpose of building Rome if you are going to burn it down the next day, because they want to have their own Rome?”
“I certainly took a ton from the comics but the joy of these movies is you also get to put some of yourself into it, you get to put a completely new spin because if you just do a 100% comic book adaptation people know all the tricks and what to expect. You have to use that as a foundation and then throw a curveball. I’ve tried to lean into him being a more interesting character than people expect, hopefully.”
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Loveness also talked about some of the research he’s done into all the variants of Kang from the comic books. Given how much we expect to see Kang in this phase, it seems like we might meet some of these guys. Or, at least more Kang variants.
“I got way into the Rama-Tut and Scarlet Centurion stuff, trying to read my way through that, and the Celestial Madonna with Mantis! That’s the joy of the character. He is just this infinite snake eating infinite tails, a man literally at war against himself.”
This is why I’m excited for Phase 5. Kang is such a different type of villain from Thanos. If you’re gonna do Kang, might as well get him right, and so far I like what I hear.
What do you think as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty writer Jeff Loveness teases more Kang variants to come? TYhoughts below as always.