Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now in cinemas and we got the scoop on that ending that sets up Marvel’s Phase V.
This article contains spoilers on the film so go watch it and return to this after.
After Avengers: Endgame, the future of Marvel has seemed a little uncertain. We know we have two more Avengers movies coming in 2025 and 2026 respectively, but we still don’t know which characters will make up the new Avengers squad.
What we do know is that they will battle Kang. We first glimpsed Jonathan Majors’ character at the very end of Loki season 1 and we now have a better understanding of his character(s).
This is your final warning. You’re about to enter spoiler territory so if you haven’t seen Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, proceed at your own risk.
What happens at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?
In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Scott Lang, his daughter Cassie, Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym are all transported to the treacherous Quantum Realm. They’re confronted by Kang, who has been exiled there and he has some unfinished business with Janet, who enlarged the core of his ship, leaving him trapped in the Realm.
So, as villains tend to do, Kang blackmails Scott and the gang to help him.
After Scott and Hope retrieve and shrink the core of Kang’s ship, Kang takes Janet to his ship, which is revealed to now be much bigger than the one he landed into the Quantum Realm in.
Kang plans on taking his entire army with him as he escapes the Realm, in order to punish those who exiled him in the first place.
Scott makes himself supersized in order to stop the ship from departing and a huge battle ensues. Elsewhere, Cassie breaks out Jentorra, a freedom fighter the group encountered earlier, and the two manage to send out a message to all the freedom fighters to join the fight.
Fighters from all over the Realm flock to the battleground and Scott successfully stops Kang from leaving. Kang, very annoyed, starts killing people left, right and centre.
Just as it looks like Kang will win, Hank arrives with a literal army of ants, which overpower Kang. MODOK, who is the quantum mangled version of Darren from the first Ant-Man film, delivers one hell of a punch, sacrificing himself but choosing to “not be a dick” like Cassie told him earlier.
Janet manages to use Kang’s ship to create a portal back to Earth and all of our heroes except Scott make it through, before Kang makes his way to them. Kang and Scott fight it out and Hope returns to help, but when Scott smashes the core, which powers the portal, Kang is seemingly killed and sucked away into a menacingly red portal while the one to Earth closes.
Not to worry, Cassie has managed to fix her device that led to the gang getting transported in the Quantum Realm in the first place and Scott and Hope are able to go back. Life is back to normal. Right? Scott has a nagging feeling that they might not have quite defeated Kang, but chooses to ignore it.
The end. Or is it?
How many end-credits scenes are there in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania?
There are two end-credits scenes; one mid credits and one at the very end, so stay seated. You don’t want to miss these.
The first scene depicts a large arena, full of people. We then enter a room with three Kang variants. There are, presumably, Pharaoh Rama-Tut, Immortus and potentially Iron Lad, judging from his metal suit. They were the ones who exiled the Conqueror into the Quantum Realm, deeming him too dangerous.
They seem pretty pissed Scott defeated Kang the Conqueror (although we think he might be able to return) and are worried that the people of Universe-616 are now a little too knowledgeable about the multiverse.
Maybe by defeating Kang the Conqueror, Scott did indeed unleash an even worse future for humanity? We won’t find out for a few more years, until Avengers: Kang Dynasty premieres in 2025, which will most likely deal with Kang’s storyline more directly.
But there is more and we’re certainly not done with Kang yet.
The second post-credits scene is a little scene teasing Loki season 2. We first see an old Victorian era theatre with people gathered to watch a show by someone called Victor Timely, who is revealed to be yet another Kang variant.
Cut to… Tom Hiddleston’s Loki!
Hiding in the audience, Loki and Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius discuss whether Victor Timely is a Kang variant or not. This seems to imply that season 2, which is spearheaded by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, might see Loki and Mobius hunting Kang variants.
This is yet another example of Marvel putting a lot of faith in the TV shows and it’s becoming even more crucial that you keep up with those now that Kang is a part of the narrative.
We don’t have an official date for Loki season 2, but we’re expecting it to premiere this year, most likely after The Mandalorian, the ultra-popular Star Wars series, wraps up its third season on Disney+ following its March release.
Who is Kang The Conqueror?
Kang the Conqueror is a variant of He Who Remains, who created the Time Variance Authority. The TVA’s main job is to monitor the multiverse and its many sprawling timelines, with the ability to destroy, or prune, them if necessary.
In the comics, Kang was originally a scientist called Nathaniel Richards, who travels through time. Although Quantumania shows off what Kang can do, including incinerating enemies with the help of his suit, it’s important to remember that Kang is human and has no special powers.
Kang the Conqueror, at least in the MCU, is considered the most dangerous, power-hungry variant of Kang. Although he is seemingly defeated and potentially killed by Scott at the end of Quantumania, it would seem that this variant is indeed the new threat the entire MCU is facing.
Kang comes across (and, as he notes in Quantumania, kills) multiple Marvel characters on his time-defying travels in the comics, so it’s hard to say what direction Marvel is taking the character.
Marvel Chief Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly recently that the Marvel team were drawn to Kang, because he felt “unique” compared to Thanos.