By George Bate & Josh Reilly B.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
It wouldn’t be an MCU film without a post-credits scene or two, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania doesn’t break this trend. Here’s a SPOILER heavy description and breakdown of the two post-credits scenes in the first Phase 5 movie.
At this point in the movie, Scott and Hope have defeated Kang the Conqueror, meaning the multiverse-hopping villain cannot escape the Quantum Realm (for the time being at least). The mid-credits scene begins with various versions of Jonathan Majors’ Kang speaking with one another. This Council of Kangs includes three variants, who potentially map onto the characters Immortus, Rama-Tut, and Scarlet Centurion from Marvel comics. These are presumably the Kang variants who banished Kang to the Quantum Realm for his violent and destructive ways. Despite their qualms with the Kang variant at the center of the new MCU film, the Council of Kangs are clearly unhappy with the current situation and see seemingly see any threat to one Kang as a threat to them all.
The Council of Kangs then walk out to a stadium full of other Kang variants, all played by Jonathan Majors. While these Kangs are dressed differently, most look rather similar, except for the last Kang variant seen before the screen cuts to black. A variant of Kang that looks uncannily like the Skrulls introduced in Captain Marvel appears screaming and cheering amongst the other Kangs. This is a particularly interesting tease given that the Secret Invasion series is debuting soon.
For those less familiar with the source material, the Council of Kangs shown at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania play a rather sizable role in Kang’s sprawling arc across the Marvel universe. Immortus interestingly maps most closely onto the variant from Loki, named He Who Remains. In the comics, Immortus is approached by Time-Keepers, who offer him immortality in exchange for serving as their agent to preserve the timeline.
Rama-Tut, meanwhile, is a variant of Kang who travels back in time to Ancient Egypt and rules as a pharaoh.
Finally, Scarlet Centurion may also be one of the Kang variants part of the Council of Kangs.
While many MCU post-credits scenes lean into the franchise’s more humorous elements, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s post-credits scene diverts from this trend.
The scene itself is likely a scene taken straight from Loki Season 2, which is set to debut on Disney+ later this year. The scene begins on a stage, seemingly set sometime in the 1900s (think the vibe of Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige). It’s soon revealed that the person giving a presentation on stage is another variant of Kang, this one sporting a fancy suit and well-trimmed facial hair.
It’s highly likely that this variant is Victor Timely, one of the more well known multiversal versions of Kang in Marvel Comics. In the comics, Kang the Conqueror travels back in time to the 20th century, where he adopts the name Victor Timely and founds a city called Timely, Wisconsin. Here, Timely introduces wildly advanced technology from the future to the town’s population.
Cut to the crowd and we see Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Owen Wilson’s Mobius. Mobius, clearly unaware of the threat posed by Kang, makes a remark conveying that the man on stage isn’t scary or to be feared. Meanwhile, a terrified Loki looks up Kang as the scene cuts to black.
For those who may be confused as to what this means, the season finale of Loki Season 1 saw Loki and Sylvie encounter a variant of Kang known as He Who Remains. This Kang conveys that his variants caused chaos in the multiverse, resulting in him establishing the TVA to police the multiverse and trim other timelines, ensuring the existence of a single universe. This grand plan is disrupted, however, when Sylvie kills Kang, meaning the multiverse is once again unlocked as we see in the likes of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and now Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It makes sense that Loki looks upon this Kang variant in terror, knowing the threat posed by He Who Remains and the warning he gave about his other variants in the multiverse.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now in theaters.