Quote: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.