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Kang the Conqueror


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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance as Rama-Tut - Fantastic Four #19 (October 1963)
as Kang - Avengers #8 (September 1964)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Characteristics
Alter ego Nathaniel Richards (not to be confused with Reed Richards' father, after whom he is named)
Affiliations Council of Kangs
Cross-Time Kangs
Notable aliases Rama-Tut, Victor Timely, Scarlet Centurion, Immortus
Abilities Superhuman intelligence,
Master tactician and strategist,
Skilled armed/unarmed combatant,
Access to advanced arsenal and technology

Kang the Conqueror (born Nathaniel Richards and known variously as Iron Lad, Pharaoh Rama-Tut, Immortus, and the Scarlet Centurion) is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. He is a time traveller from the 30th Century who has frequently travelled to the present day and fought the Avengers. He first appeared in Avengers #8 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1921[1]) is an American writer, editor, was the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, and memoirist. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ... Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero and member of the Fantastic Four. ... Nathaniel Richards is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Kang the Conqueror is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. ... Kang the Conqueror is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. ... Spoiler warning: Kang the Conqueror is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... The Avengers is a fictional comic book superhero team in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1921[1]) is an American writer, editor, was the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, and memoirist. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Origin

Nathaniel Richards - the man who would become Kang - was born in an alternate timeline. The Earth there had been transformed into a paradise thanks to Mister Fantastic's father, the Nathaniel Richards after whom he was named. However, this younger Nathaniel, a scholar, was restless in this peaceful world, and studied the history of war in his longing for a more savage and driven age. His long-term hospitalization after being severely injured by bullies (and the near-financial ruin of his family as a result) quite probably caused or increased this drive. He discovered time travel technology that one of his ancestors (who may have been either Nathaniel Richards[1] or Doctor Doom[2]) had invented. Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero and member of the Fantastic Four. ... Nathaniel Richards is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ...

Kang's first appearance.
Art by Jack Kirby.

Kang travelled back in time to ancient Egypt and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut. He had traveled to the past hoping to find En Sabah Nur, the mutant that would be known as Apocalypse, and control him, yet his actions would only succeed in making En Sabah Nur become Apocalypse. Kang ruled until he was driven off by the time-displaced heroes of the 20th century, including the Fantastic Four and the West Coast Avengers. Download high resolution version (400x619, 72 KB)Cover to Avengers #8, featuring Kang the Conqueror. ... Download high resolution version (400x619, 72 KB)Cover to Avengers #8, featuring Kang the Conqueror. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ... Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) is a very powerful supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe, one of the foremost enemies of the X-Men. ... The Fantastic Four is a fictional American team of comic-book superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The West Coast Avengers was a spin-off superhero team of the Avengers, as well as the title of their comic book series. ...


Following that conflict, he left the past and travelled to a post-apocalyptic 40th century and reinvented himself briefly as the Scarlet Centurion before settling on the identity of Kang the Conqueror. From there he created his interstellar, interdimensional and inter-temporal empire that would not only include Earth, but future versions of the Brotherhood of the Badoon, the Shi'ar Empire, and the dimension of Kosmos. The Badoon are a reptillian alien species in the fictional Marvel Comics universe. ... The Shiar, also called the Aerie, are a fictional species of aliens in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


On his first foray into the twentieth century, he was thwarted by the Avengers, and they have remained his enemies ever since, having fought him on dozens of occasions. However, due to the diverging of timelines that was caused by his time travelling technology, multiple and sometimes divergent versions of himself were created. Most of them were eventually eliminated by the Council of Kangs, which were set up by one of the multiple Kangs to rid himself of his counterparts. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ... The Avengers is a fictional comic book superhero team in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Destiny War

Kang battles Immortus.
Art by Carlos Pacheco.
Main article: Destiny War

At some point in his personal timeline, Kang became weary of battle, due to frustration and the loss of his son Marcus and consort Ravonna in several timelines. He was approached by the alien Time-Keepers — time travelers from the end of the universe, the last living creatures in existence — to become their agent, preserving timelines rather than conquering them in exchange for immortality. He accepted and reinvented himself again, this time as Immortus. He again came into conflict with the Avengers, but under different circumstances, and more notably with his younger self, who was unable to see the reasoning behind Immortus's actions. Kang's conflict with Immortus was dubbed the "Destiny War." Cover to Avengers Forever #3, featuring Kang fighting Immortus. ... Cover to Avengers Forever #3, featuring Kang fighting Immortus. ... Spoiler warning: Kang the Conqueror is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. ... The JSA roster as drawn by Pacheco and Jesus Merino Carlos Pacheco is an Spanish comic book artist and penciller. ... The Destiny War was a conflict in the fictional Marvel Universe between Kang the Conqueror and his future self, Immortus. ... Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, also known as Terminatrix is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Spoiler warning: Kang the Conqueror is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. ... Avengers Forever is a twelve-issue comic book limited series serialized by Marvel Comics from 1998 to 2000 starring the superhero team called the Avengers. ...


Immortus faked his death several times before ultimately turning on the Time-Keepers (to assist the Avengers) and, as punishment, was truly killed. However, he was resurrected minutes later by temporal energies from the Time-Keepers' attempts to turn Kang directly into Immortus. And thus, the time loop caused a backlash that created Kang and Immortus as separate beings, freeing Kang from what he saw as a destiny as a "doddering old scholar."


Kang Dynasty

Main article: Kang Dynasty
Cover to Avengers (vol. 3) #49.
Art by Kieron Dwyer.

Kang would launch his most vicious attack yet on present-day Earth. He appeared with his son Marcus, the new Scarlet Centurion, and showed many visions of the Earth's possible futures, all of them dark and horrific. At first it was thought he intended to help the Earth, but then he announced that he wished to conquer it in order to save it. Kang told the UN that he would strike at France first; he actually wanted them to be prepared. He then cunningly split his enemies by announcing that any who conquered land in his name would have a place in his new order. Several groups and foes, including The Wizard, the Deviants and Attuma's Atlanteans, attacked across the world. Kang knew that against an external invading army the Earth would unite; but warring with their own kind, they fractured. The Kang Dynasty was a 16 part comic book storyline which ran through Avengers (Vol. ... Download high resolution version (525x786, 107 KB)Cover to Avengers (volume 3) #49, featuring Kang the Conqueror. ... Download high resolution version (525x786, 107 KB)Cover to Avengers (volume 3) #49, featuring Kang the Conqueror. ... Cover to Avengers (vol. ...


After these attacks were beaten off, Kang launched his invasion of Europe with his army from the far future. The Avengers and UN troops fought back valiantly at the ramparts they had constructed, while the American forces were occupied with an attack by the self-proclaimed Master of The World. The Avengers tried to infiltrate Kang's starship, Damocles Base. After they failed, he seized control of the Sentinel Fleet the US planned to protect themselves with, and used a futuristic weapon to devastate Washington DC and kill millions. With the threat of more such attacks, the world had no choice but to surrender to Kang. He had finally succeeded.


His reign, though, was undone by the Avengers, with help from 3D-Man and Triathalon, as well as with the unwitting aid of his son, Marcus, the new Scarlet Centurion. Kang was content, though, happy that he would die knowing he would go down in history. When his son saved him, an angry Kang killed him, his legacy ruined.


Iron Lad

Kang battles his younger self, Iron Lad. Art by Jim Cheung.
Main article: Iron Lad

In the pages of the comic Young Avengers, it has been revealed that the super-hero known as Iron Lad is actually a younger version of the villain, who discovered that he would become an evil tyrant and went back in time to prevent himself from conquering the world. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (565x854, 192 KB)Cover to Young Avengers #5. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (565x854, 192 KB)Cover to Young Avengers #5. ... Iron Lad (Nathaniel Richards) is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Jim Cheung is a comic book artist. ... Iron Lad (Nathaniel Richards) is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Young Avengers is a comic book published by Marvel Comics. ... Iron Lad (Nathaniel Richards) is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Kang battled the teen heroes and was seemingly gaining the upper hand when Iron Lad, with tears in his eyes, ran Kate Bishop's sword through Kang's chest. This killed Kang, but the ramifications caused several changes to the timeline, including all the Avengers being dead (this seems to go against the Marvel rule that time travel simply creates another timeline, although it is speculated that they were simply witnessing the creation of the new timeline). Iron Lad realized that the only way to restore everything was to go back in time and become Kang. The Young Avengers had to wipe his mind before he went back, but before they did he asked them to forgive him for the actions he would commit in the future. Kate Bishop is a fictional character, a member of the Young Avengers, a team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


On the last page of Young Avengers Special #1, Kang was seen looking in on the Young Avengers. What implications this has on his memory of them remains to be seen.


Abilities and equipment

While Kang does not possess inherent superhuman abilities, he appears to possess physical abilities roughly equal to those of Captain America. It is possible that Kang has enhanced his strength through technology.


Kang is an expert in travel through and manipulation of time and has mastered his future's advanced technology. He is an expert strategist, a veteran of armed and unarmed combat and has an indomitable will to succeed through struggle. Despite his disdain for 'parchment sniffers' and 'doddering scholars' who he believes to 'follow in his footsteps', Kang himself is a genius with knowledge of technology and lore far beyond human comprehension.


Equipment

Kang often uses a hover pad. He also typically carries various weapons, such as an anti-matter defence screen generator, a "vibration-ray" projector, an electromagnectic field amplifier, neutrino-ray warheaded missile launcher (hand-gun size), electrical paralysis generator,nerve gas sprayer and a molecular expander. He commands a vast armada of warriors from across the galaxy of his future era, armed with advanced weaponry. He used numerous robots, most notably his Growing-Man stimuloids, packed with the "Growth Pollen" of the world Kosmos, which causes them to grow in size and strength by absorbing kinetic energy; this Growth Pollen uses the same energy accessed, via the size-changing "Pym Particles" discovered by Dr Henry Pym. He also normally uses a sword in hand-to-hand combat, considering himself a 'warrior for all the ages'.


In other media

  • Kang appeared in a single episode of Avengers: United They Stand.
  • His Rama-Tut persona is featured in the 1967 Fantastic Four animated series.
  • He is briefly mentioned as part of Apocalypse's origin in X-Men: Evolution.
  • Kang appears in one episode of the 90's Fantastic Four animated series.

Fantastic Four is an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions (with character designs by Alex Toth), based on Marvels comic book series Fantastic Four, and aired on ABC from 1967 to 1969. ... Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) is a very powerful supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe, one of the foremost enemies of the X-Men. ... X-Men: Evolution is an animated series containing the original cast of X-Men, mostly depicted as teenagers and some as adults. ...

References

  1. ^ According to Official Marvel Index to the Fantastic Four #3 (Feb 1986), p.3, "Rama-Tut is actually a remote descendant of Nathaniel Richards, Reed Richards's father, and Cassandra, Nathaniel's second wife and not Reed Richards's mother."
  2. ^ Kang mentions Doctor Doom as his ancestor in Avengers #11

External links

  • Kang on the Marvel Universe Character Bio Wiki
  • A Brief History of Kang (Does not cover Avengers Forever or later)

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Kang the Conqueror - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (888 words)
Kang ruled until he was driven off by the time-displaced heroes of the 20th century, including the Fantastic Four and the West Coast Avengers.
Kang battled the teen heroes and was seemingly gaining the upperhand when Iron Lad, with tears in his eyes, ran Kate Bishop's sword through Kang's chest.
This killed Kang, but the ramifications caused several changes to the timeline, including all the Avengers being dead (this seems to go against the Marvel rule that time travel simply creates another timeline, although it is speculated that they were simply witnessing the creation of the new timeline).
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