Quantamania Finish Credit Scenes Defined

Kang has formally planted his flag within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Picture: Marvel Studios

When it was introduced that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania wouldn’t solely star Kang the Conquerer but kick off Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you needed to consider not solely wouldn’t it have finish credit score scenes, however that these scenes can be bangers. And the movie doesn’t disappoint.

Quantumania is now in theaters and, as you’ve in all probability heard, it’s bought Marvel’s conventional two end credit scenes—one within the center and one on the very finish. However what units Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania aside is that its end credit scenes are probably probably the most important in a really, very very long time. So let’s speak about them. Clearly, main spoilers to comply with.

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To completely respect the primary finish credit scene, you need to return to the film itself. Within the movie, Kang says a number of occasions that he’s been exiled to the Quantum Realm. It’s a spot indifferent from all area and time, so as a result of he can see and journey by means of all of time, it’s the one place that may maintain him. That opens up a number of questions. Who despatched him there? Why? The “why” is answered within the movie. Kang skipped to the top of time and noticed how all the things ends. He doesn’t go into specifics however he says it ends with “a number of me.” This Kang, apparently, didn’t like that. He’s a singular pressure and desires to be probably the most highly effective Kang so, with the data of what the long run holds, he started touring the multiverse, destroying Empires, Avengers, and timelines by way of incursions. Precisely what he hoped to realize besides simply inflicting chaos is unclear however we all know what occurred subsequent. It pissed off the opposite Kangs who’ve a bigger plan he was attempting to mess up.

Kang looks out at his empire.

Kang seems out at his empire.
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That knowledge is crucial to the first end credits scene. That’s when we see three different Kang variants meeting up: Rama-Tut, Centurion, and Immortus—all references to alternate versions of Nathaniel Richards, the man who became Kang, in the comics. They’re meeting to discuss the fact Kang the Conquerer, who they banished to the Quantum Realm, is dead. This is a huge deal. Kangs don’t die easily, especially not ones these very powerful Kangs wanted gone. However, the bigger deal is the person who killed him. A human being. An Avenger. And with the knowledge that humanity and the Avengers are beginning to learn about and use to travel the multiverse these Kangs believe they control, they say they need to speed up their timeline. Again, we don’t know for what exactly but we know that the trio calls every Kang that exists across the multiverse for a meeting. These are the “a lot of me’s” that Kang the Conquerer referred to earlier, and from the comics, it’s called the Council of Kangs—beings who are coming to take over the rest of the universe to start, we think, a “Kang Dynasty.” It’s our first and best look yet at the threat the MCU is facing in the Multiverse Saga.

What’s so cool about this scene, besides seeing Jonathan Majors as so many different Kangs, is that it answers one of the film’s biggest questions (who banished Kang) and adds some additional context to Scott Lang’s confused mindset at the end of the movie. He’s not sure that beating Kang really solved all the problems and he’s right. Something bad is happening and here we get a taste of it. It’s a smart tease in addition to being a good punctuation to end the movie.

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Loki’s He Who Remains looms large.
Image: Marvel Studios

Scene two is more straightforward but also related to all of this. At an undisclosed time and place, a man named Victor Timely is performing in front of an audience. Timely is, appropriately, talking about time. He says it’s based on lies and believes he can shape it. In the audience watching this is none other than Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is with Mobius (Owen Wilson). Loki tells Mobius that Timely is “him,” referencing a being he met as another Kang variant, He Who Remains. Mobius doesn’t think Timely is as scary as Loki has described but, in fact, Loki—and we—know he is.

This scene is from season two of Loki, though it’s unclear when in the season this is (probably the middle since Mobius and Loki seem to be buddy-buddy again, despite Mobius not knowing him at the end of last season). The bigger question though is that in the comics, Timely was a secret disguise of Kang Prime, the mayor of a self-established and self-named town in 1901 who used the persona to live on Earth and become a titan of industry. Is this Timely like that? A time traveler from across the galaxy? Or just another variant? Hopefully, we find out later this year on Loki.

Check back soon for more spoiler discussions of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It’s in theaters now.

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