Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania post-credits scenes explained

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 MARVEL.
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA. Photo by Jay Maidment. © 2022 MARVEL. /

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is here, and its post-credits scenes pose interesting questions for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is here. Disney+’s Loki laid the groundwork for the Multiverse Saga, and Ant-Man’s third standalone feature has opened the door wide open for the franchise’s next big villain: Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). Despite their relatively small scale, the Ant-Man movies have actually been quite instrumental to the MCU.

Though standalone in nature, the first film served as a stepping stone for the larger-than-life superhero battle in Captain America: Civil War. Ant-Man and the Wasp, on the other hand, delved deeper into the Quantum Realm, which was a pivotal element of Avengers: Endgame.

With that, it’s fitting that Quantumania‘s post-credits scenes not only tease the future of the franchise but actually present key clues for what the next two Avengers films, The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, will offer. Here, we break down the two post-credits scenes, the context around them, and what they could mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Note: The following article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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The Council of Kangs

The first post-credits stinger deals with the aftermath of Wasp and Ant-Man disposing of Kang, and it features the live-action introduction of the Council of Kangs, which debuted in 1986’s The Avengers #267. The scene mainly centers on three variants of the villain. One appears to be Rama-Tut (who was teased in Moon Knight). The second one seems to be Immortus, an old version of Kang who in the comics worked for the Time-Keepers (who appeared in Loki season 1). The third one, however, is harder to identify. The trio discusses the death of the Kang variant the reality-altering villains exiled to the Quantum Realm.

They express concern over superheroes meddling with the multiverse and possibly destroying their power-attaining efforts. With that, they step into an arena-like area where countless versions of Kang gather (the aforementioned Council of Kangs) in order to discuss the events that transpired in Quantumania. Immortus seemingly being part of this scene is a significant carryover from the comics, as he was the one who formed the Council of Kangs in Marvel Comics. However, he brought them together to kill them, which could point to a plot twist behind the Kang Dynasty’s existence.

Kang mentioned his “dynasty” and made references to his variants’ power throughout Quantumania. This scene shows the people he was talking about, and perhaps reveals the “Dynasty” portion of 2025’s The Kang Dynasty. The sequence may also introduce a potential army for the next Avengers films. Every Avengers movie has featured an army for the heroes to fight. In the first film, that role was filled by the Chitauri; in the second, it was Ultron’s bots. The third and fourth installments utilized Thanos’ forces.

Given the nearly endless number of Kangs present at the meeting, it could be argued they will serve as the Avengers’ opposing army in their upcoming features. Then again, Kang commanded hundreds of nameless soldiers in Quantumania, so perhaps the Kangs shown in the post-credits scene won’t just be fodder for the heroes. If that is the case, the Kangs’ existence poses a terrifying scenario for the Avengers.

Ant-Man 3 showed just how powerful Kang was on his own, being able to nearly kill Scott Lang in a fist fight, and holding the Quantum Realm under his thumb, even while he was a prisoner there. Given how one Kang nearly defeated the entire Ant-Man team on his own, the type of challenge that thousands of Kangs—who presumably have a similar power level as their Quantumania variant—could pose for the Avengers is a frightening prospect.

Loki returns

The second post-credits scene is actually a scene from Loki‘s upcoming season 2, with Marvel Studios returning to the practice of teasing upcoming projects with actual scenes from said offerings, as happened with Iron Man 2 (Phil Coulson finding Thor’s hammer), Captain America: The First Avenger (The Avengers teaser) and Ant-Man (showing a snippet from Civil War ).

Quantumania‘s scene is set in either the late 1800s or early 1900s and shows a Kang variant named Victor Timely giving a presentation on time to an audience, proposing the possibility of time being controlled. As Timely ominously shares his views, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) watches from the audience, terrified. He is accompanied by Owen Wilson’s Mobius, who states the Kang variant isn’t as scary as the God of Mischief made him out to be.

In the comics, Timely is “Kang Prime,” who travels back in time to 1901 Wisconsin after being defeated by the Avengers. There, he becomes an inventor and founds a town called Timely. His comic book backstory could technically point to him being the main Kang in the MCU. Yet, though, the prospect of Loki and Mobius facing the Kang that will star in The Kang Dynasty and possibly Secret Wars is fascinating, there is a chance Timely will not be the main antagonist for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ next adventures.

The MCU has typically utilized bits and pieces from major comic book stories, while almost never adapting them outright. Good examples of this are Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. With that track record, it’s possible that, in the MCU, Timely is another Kang variant like He Who Remains and Quantumania‘s exiled Kang, and not the villain’s main variant.

Kang has a remarkably complicated history in the comics. However, to get an abbreviated idea of his identity, a good starting point is Avengers Forever #9, from 1999. The comic book is fairly standalone and recounts a significant portion of Kang’s journey through the Marvel Universe.

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