Kang Theory: T’Challa’s Son Is The Next Thanos-Level Threat
WARNING: This article contains FULL spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Last year, the Disney Plus TV series Loki featured He Who Remains, Kang’s first on-screen appearance. However, this was not the mighty warrior fans will come to know. He was simply the guardian, holding back the onslaught of Kangs who sought to destroy all known multiverses for the sheer joy of it. This horde of maniacal Kangs showed up in the final moments of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. And, during that movie, Jonathan Majors played the first real threat to the Avengers: Kang the Conquerer. And while the threat of him was ultimately defeated (by the ants), the film’s post-credits scenes proved to be a troubling theory.
The second post-credits scene reintroduced Marvel fans to Loki as he explored another Kang variant in a distant multiverse. This variant in question was Victor Timely, a scientist (again played by Majors) in Victorian England who had made a startling discovery of time travel long before his time.
While Victor could become a major player in the upcoming war against the Kang Dynasty, his very timeline of existence confirmed some bad news about Kang’s endless variants.
Victor Timely’s presence in Victorian England has revealed that Kang variants can be born and live at any point in any timeline and in any location. This means that no timeline is secure; not even the MCU we know and love.
With that being said, could fans have already been introduced to a variant of Kang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We think so. We believe that the MCU variant of Kang was introduced in the movie that preceded Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In the final moments of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri visited Nakia in Haiti. There, she received the unexpected news that she had given birth to T’Challa’s son during the Blip.
T’Challa, as we know, died of an unknown disease at the start of the movie, and his legacy came to a sad end. This mirrored the illness and death of the character’s actor, Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28, 2020 of colon cancer.
Nakia revealed during this scene that her son by the late king was named Toussaint, also known as Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Challa (played by Divine Love Konadu-Sun).
But what if Toussaint is actually the MCU variant of Kang?
Sure, it’s a long shot. But the MCU is certainly moving further away from the perfect adaptation of the Marvel comics, so anything is possible. Just watch the latest Spider-Man movie, No Way Home. It reintroduced old Spider-Men actors from previous universes in an attempt to break away from the One More Day graphic novel.
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Traditionally, in Marvel comics, Kang is a descendant of Reed Richards, the leader of the Fantastic Four. Called Nathaniel Richards, he’s a distant relative of the stretchy superhero, but that hasn’t stopped them from crossing swords in the past.
But what if the MCU is taking a different route with Kang’s bloodline? Reed hasn’t been introduced to the MCU yet, and while we know he’ll be coming to the MCU in 2025’s Fantastic Four movie, it’s still years away.
If Marvel Studios is going to create a human connection to Kang, they could make him a descendant of one of the series’ most beloved heroes: Black Panther.
Also, if you look at the timing of Toussaint and Kang’s introductions, they happen in quick succession.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was the final movie in Phase 4 of the MCU. This meant that Toussaint was in the final moments of Phase 4 before Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania kicked off Phase 5.
With Toussaint introduced at the same time as the interdimensional assassin Kang, it could end up that all Kang variants are actually called Toussaint (or T’Challa, or Black Panther).
That would also give the MCU version of Toussaint a chance to take on Kang’s army and win in the future, ending the multiversal war once and for all, and even replacing He Who Remains when all is said and done.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now in theaters.
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