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Reverend Meteor

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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: Kang the Conqueror
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 01:44:35 pm CST (Viewed 118 times)
Reply Subj: Kang the Conqueror
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 02:52:14 am CST (Viewed 134 times)

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    Yeah Kang and Immortus are just rotten characters IMO. That's why they go through these convolutions as you called it. They're not strong characters in their own right. They're a house of cards on the verge of crumbling under the weight of their own illusion.

I don't think so. For example, I think that, for a movie, Kang would have been a 100 times better than what we got with Age of Ultron.

It doesn't mean that Ultron is a bad character but, essentially, he is only an AI & a robot, something that we have seen countless times on a screen (and, thus, they should have found a way to make it more memorable than Hal or Skynet & the Terminators).

It is true that time travellers are also tropes that have been used many times. Still, Kang the Conqueror is much more than a simple & single time traveller : he is the equivalent of a future Doctor Doom with his own army !

I am especially a fan of Silver Age Kang stories when he was portrayed as the master of future Earth, a barbarian post-apocalyptic dystopia.

IMO, Kang is to the Avengers what Doc Ock is to Spider-Man ... The archfoe who is the unmistakable opposite of the heroes.
Captain America is an honorable soldier. Kang is a barbarian warlord.
Iron Man builds technology for the future. Kang harnesses future technology for his own benefit.
Thor was worshipped as a god. Kang was worshipped as a pharaoh.

On the contrary, I couldn't care less about Immortus. He could have become an interesting character but Stan Lee & Jack Kirby never really cared about him. Alan Moore's Merlyn succeeded as a character where Immortus failed.

PS : In my opinion, it would have been interesting if Kang & Mandarin had been combined into one single character in the MCU. Kang's roots as a FF character would have been severed. In Ancient Asia instead of Ancient Egypt, Mandarin would have been the founder of the Ten Rings secret society and, instead of Rama-Tut, would have become the Conqueror, the ultimate nemesis of Tony Stark & the Avengers.

Can't agree. Kang's just a bad character. That's why they always have to tell us he's also Rama Tut, Immortus, Dr. Doom, Scarlet Centurion etc.

He isn't relevant no matter how many plot twists and time doppelgangers and Ravonnas or Marcuses they want to throw at us. He's a badly designed character through and through.

If I had to sum Kang up in one word it would be...cruft.

I won't see the Avengers movie that has Kang in it.

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