Does Kang Die in Ant-Man 3? What Happens to The Conqueror?
Kang the Conqueror was finally revealed in his evil and destructive form during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Of course, while we know that Kang is set to become one of the greatest threats to the MCU in the future due to how he will be the main enemy of Avengers: Kang Dynasty, he is also the main enemy in Quantumania. So, what happens to Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3, and does he die?
Kang the Conqueror was defeated by Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne during the events of Quantumania and was killed when he tried to prevent the destruction of his ship’s energy core. His death was confirmed by the Council of Kangs during the mid-credit scene of the movie.
While it might be true that we are going to see the Kang Dynasty movie by 2025, the fact is that the Conqueror died in Quantumania. Nevertheless, the other variants of Kang are set to become the next big threats to the MCU, as this was confirmed in the mid-credit scene of Quantumania. Now, let’s look at what happened to Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
What Happened To Kang the Conqueror In Ant-Man: Quantumania?
It was already clear that the next big enemy of the MCU was going to be revealed during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as this was what the Marvel Studios bosses were hinting at during the events of Phase Four. As Phase Five is now fully underway, we are now looking at the official introduction of Kang the Conqueror. Of course, we already met a variant of the character in Loki when He Who Remains was introduced. But Kang the Conqueror is entirely different in terms of his threat level to the multiverse.
During the events of Quantumania, we saw how Kang was trapped in the Quantum Realm. Janet Van Dyne, who spent 30 years trapped in the same world, befriended Kang and helped him fix his ship’s energy core because it was their only ticket out. Kang’s ship had technology that was far ahead of what Janet could ever imagine because it came from the future and could travel from one universe to another. But it needed its energy or power core to function.
However, Janet found out that Kang was not who she thought he was. Instead, she found out through his neural connection with his ship that Kang was a warlord that conquered and destroyed entire timelines and universes in the multiverse. That was when it was revealed that he was actually sent as an exile to the Quantum Realm so that he would never be a threat to the multiverse ever again. And Janet made sure that he would never be a threat by using her Pym discs to enlarge the energy core and make it unusable for Kang the Conqueror.
Back in the real world, Cassie Lang invented a way for the Ant-Family to communicate with the Quantum Realm without necessarily going there, as Janet always made sure that they would never return to that world again due to the dangers associated with it. However, when Janet turned Cassie’s machine off, they were still sucked into the Quantum Realm together with the smart ants Hank had worked with in his lab. As such, the Ant-Family found itself lost in an entirely foreign world that only Janet was familiar with.
Kang used this to his advantage by holding Cassie hostage so that Scott would be forced to do his bidding for the sake of his daughter. He went to the energy core so that he could shrink it back to its regular size. And knowing that this was also the only way for them to get out of the Quantum Realm, Hope helped Scott.
But Kang never held up his end of the bargain. He still kept Cassie hostage despite the fact that he already had the energy core in his possession. And his plan involved using the energy core and his ship to transport his army out of the Quantum Realm so that he could take his revenge on the people responsible for exiling him all those years ago.
Scott, the entire Ant-Family, and the freedom fighters led by Jentorra opposed Kang and attacked his tower so that they could prevent him from leaving the Quantum Realm with his army. Ant-Man managed to destroy the contraption that was supposed to send Kang and his army out of the Quantum Realm.
An enraged Kang finally entered the battlefield to decimate the freedom fighters with his powerful suit. Not even the combined forces of the freedom fighters and the Ant-Family were enough to stop Kang. However, Hank arrived with his gigantic ants, and they were able to overwhelm Kang to the point that he had to keep his force field up. And when MODOK betrayed Kang in a heroic moment for the former villain, the ants were finally able to overwhelm Kang as Scott, and the others thought that they had already seen the last of the Conqueror.
Janet told the Ant-Family that she thinks that she has one shot of opening a portal to their world using Kang’s ship and the energy core. Scott allowed everyone else to return home. But just as he was about to enter the portal, Kang arrived to make sure that he didn’t leave. Despite the fact that his suit was already heavily damaged, Kang was still a lot stronger than Scott, who didn’t have a chance against the Conqueror.
Luckily for Scott, Hope returned to the Quantum Realm to even things up. To prevent Kang from leaving the Quantum Realm, they used their Pym discs on the energy core, as the combined effects of these discs should have been powerful enough to destroy it.
Kang, in the act of desperation, tried to prevent the discs from destroying the energy core. However, the core imploded together with Kang, as the Conqueror was finally defeated through the combined efforts of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Does Kang Die?
After Scott and Hope defeated Kang the Conqueror, they were able to get back home when Cassie opened up a portal between their world and the Quantum Realm. Back home, Scott was still bothered about the fact that Kang told him that there were greater threats that were going to come after them in the future. So, does that mean that Kang wasn’t dead yet?
During the mid-credit scene of Quantumania, Kang the Conqueror’s death is confirmed. This happened when the Council of Kangs was finally introduced into the MCU. One of the Kangs said that the “exiled one” (referring to the Conqueror) had been killed. But while Kang the Conqueror may have been killed, the Council of Kangs was worried about the fact that more and more people now know more about the multiverse.
So, in that regard, while Kang the Conqueror may be dead, we still have the Council of Kangs to worry about, as there are a lot of Kang variants that exist in the different universes in the vast multiverse. And Avengers: Kang Dynasty will focus on the Council of Kangs as the enemy that the Avengers need to defeat.