In the comics, Kang the Conquerer has been ascribed to be a 31st-century time traveler who travels to ancient Egypt to capture Apocalypse. His plans soon go awry which results in him becoming what he is known as today i.e., Kang the Conquerer. The antagonist’s ancestry is something that hasn’t been answered properly yet. This theory takes a wild guess that just might prove to be correct.
Kang: Descendant of Reed Richards or Doctor Doom
Kang the Conquerer goes by the name of Nathaniel Richards in the comics. His real identity is a 31st-century time traveler who is a direct descendant of Reed Richards. However, there is also a theory that connects the modern-day conquerer to Doctor Doom.
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A wild theory is taking roots in the origins of Kang. The earlier debate about whether he is the descendant of Doctor Doom or Reed Richards is solved by a new theory claiming both! Kang the Conquerer is the descendant of both of these geniuses.
It was Doctor Doom’s time travel technology that Nathaniel Richards discovered way ahead in the 31st century and used it to travel back in time to take Earth by making the mutant En Sabah-Nur who would later be known as the mutant Apocalypse.
But this is not where it stops. In the comics, there is a part where Doctor Doom and Kang’s fate are intertwined when it is implied that Doctor Doom is a variant of Kang and not the other way around. A section in the comics also suggests that they both might be the same person as well!
Kang is the new Thanos
A new theory states that the descendants of Reed Richards and Doctor Doom later get together and have a lineage of their own. And further down the line, you get Nathaniel Richards i.e., the descendant of Doctor Doom and Reed Richards both.
This theory, although a wild one can be satisfied and is viable in the MCU. As for the other news, Kang the Conquerer is the new big bad villain in the Multiversal Saga of the MCU. First appearing in Loki, the conquerer will star as the big baddie in Avengers: Kang Dynasty where he will likely face off against the new Avengers.
Avengers: Kang Dynasty is slated for a release date of 2nd May 2025, and will be one of the tieing movies of Phases 5 & 6 of the MCU.