- I am not human? Phah! As if being human was desirable! I am KANG! And that is better than being human!
- -- Kang the Conqueror
Early life and exploits
After meeting his ancestor Doctor Doom on Earth-689, Kang was inspired to design a suit of armor, crafting an identity for himself as the Scarlet Centurion. Thinking to use this version of Earth as his base, he manipulated the Avengers of that world - the original team - into capturing every other super powered being, whether hero or villain, on the planet. Once this was accomplished, he transported the Earth-616 (mainstream) Avengers to fight their Earth-689 counterparts. Once one team was defeated, the Centurion planned to defeat the other himself and then rule the world unopposed. The Earth-616 Avengers won the day and furthermore succeeded in driving Kang out of the time-stream .
Following this defeat, he reinvented himself as Kang the Conqueror, and carved out a star-flung empire in his home universe, Earth-6311. Among his conquests were the entirety of the Badoon and Shi'ar empires. Kang then traveled to the 20th Century of Earth-616, seeking revenge upon the Avengers. Facing them directly in combat, Kang lost in the face of their power. He struck again shortly thereafter, with a robot duplicate of Spider-Man designed to lower their guard. The real Spider-Man arrived after all the Avengers had been defeated, destroying the robot and saving the team. Foiled, Kang returned to campaigning in his home century.
Immortus and Further Exploits
Due to unrestricted travels of time, Kang had created numerous temporal divergences of himself in various time-lines. Shaped by differing sets of experiences, the legions of Kangs encompassed the gamut of human diversity, from petty tyrants to selfless martyrs. One of these counterparts, whose life had at times embraced the basest of motives and actions, decided in his seventh decade of his chronological life to give up his worldly conquests and meditate till the end of his days upon the nature of time. This Immortus-to-be, who had been assuming the guise of Rama-Tut, journeyed to Limbo, the trans-temporal realm that exists outside the time-stream itself (and through which all time travelers must pass in order to get from one era to another.) There he employed automatons to build him a castle, and upon its completion (which was instantly since time has no meaning in Limbo), he began to meditate.
This Kang was then visited by the Time-Keepers, a trinity of beings who had been born at the very end of the time-stream, in the final days before the collapse of the universe. The Time-Keepers helped him unlock new secrets of time and appointed him to oversee the period from 3,000 BC to 4,000 AD, a minor task when compared to the whole of Time itself. Creating a giant guardian for his castle, Kang embarked upon a number of campaigns to untangle the skein of time-lines that he and his counterparts had created by their indiscriminate use of time travel.
In his first encounter with the Avengers as Immortus, which takes place between Kang's first two battles with them, he sent each Avenger into a different era to to battle with various mythological figures. Believing that most of the beings he encountered in his forays could not begin to understand the mysteries of time that motivated him, he frequently gave them facile or even misleading information to quell their curiosities or ease their anxieties. The beliefs of other beings were not important to him as long as they did not interfere with his duties as custodian of this segment of the time-stream.
As his future-self Immortus went his own way, Kang's campaigning in his home century paid off, and soon enough he took another realm. As his armies surrounded the capital city, he realized that he was in love with one of their royalty, Princess Ravonna. To display his power and win her hand, he decided to defeat the Avengers in front of Ravonna and her father. Tricking the Avengers to his time, The Conqueror took on the Avengers by himself, but still Ravonna refused marriage. Incensed, Kang ordered his troops to take the city.
The Avengers helped valiantly in the defense, but were overwhelmed. After taking the city, Kang's generals, led by Baltag, attempted to assassinate him. He was forced to team with the Avengers against his own men. Victorious, Kang prepared to send the Avengers back to their time - but Baltag appeared, firing a shot at Kang. Captain America tried to warn him, but Ravonna took the shot meant for Kang. As Kang's guards killed Baltag, the Avengers were teleported away, and The Conqueror was left with the woman he loved dying in his stead.
Kang returned to his ways soon thereafter, sending his Growing Man android to do battle with Thor. While Thor trapped Kang and his minion in a dimensional warp using his enchanted hammer, they managed to escape. Kang was then approached by the cosmic entity called The Grandmaster, who offered to restore Ravonna to life if Kang's designated champions won a battle against his own. Kang chose The Avengers as his champions, pitted against The Grandmaster's Squadron Sinister. He lured them into battle by having the Growing Man kidnap Tony Stark (Iron Man) from a hospital after he'd suffered a heart attack. To Kang's dismay, this battle ended in stalemate and Ravonna Renslayer remained dead.
The Conqueror continued to be thwarted in his schemes involving 20th Century Earth; his plot to conquer Earth during World War One using The Hulk failed, and a plan to capture The Avengers was foiled by Spider-Man, the Human Torch and The Inhumans.
Kang vs. Immortus
The conflict between Kang and his Immortus alter ego, as well as their own conflicts with the Avengers, took various turns over the years. For a time the two allied, but Kang betrayed Immortus, imprisoning him and using his technology to create the first Legion of the Unliving. Kang next reappeared in the Earth-616 universe, seeking the Celestial Madonna as his new mate. He discovered this was the Avenger Mantis, leading to yet another conflict with the team. Immortus, appearing to be a futuristic Rama-Tut at the time, was later freed by the Avengers, at which time they finally learned he was the future-self of both Rama-Tut and Kang. Seeking to counsel his younger, conquering self, Immortus offered to aid the team against him, and furthermore to help The Vision learn his past. Immortus even went so far as to officiate at the double-wedding of Vision and Scarlet Witch and Mantis and Swordsman.
The Conqueror was defeated, but the Swordsman paid for the victory with his life. As Kang escaped, Hawkeye pursued him using Doctor Doom's time machine, and the two dueled in the Old West. Aided by Immortus once more, Hawkeye was joined by his teammates Thor and Moondragon. While summoning enough power to defeat Thor, Kang drew upon an excessive amount of energy, destroying himself.
For the would-be Master of Time, death is not a surety. The Hulk had an encounter in the future with Kang's still-devoted minions. When the Beyonder summoned a host of heroes and villains to fight in the "Secret Wars", Kang was among the latter group - a living Kang having been taken from the timeline which The Hulk had visited. This Kang, too, was killed; this time by Ultron on Doctor Doom's orders as a potential security risk after he attempted to kill Doom, but was restored by the Beyonder at the end of the conflict.
It then became apparent that a number of flawed "Kangs" had been created in various universes as a result of the original's propensity for time travel. The few stable versions of Kang banded together, seeking to destroy the lesser versions of the villain. The Avengers were drawn into the conflict, and with the aid of Immortus defeated the Kangs. Only one "Prime" Kang remained at the end of the fighting, and he fell into nothingness in Limbo.
In the meantime, Immortus had gone back to fighting Earth's Mightiest Heroes when, some time after the original Kang's death, he allied with Space Phantom and Tempus to battle Thor. During this conflict, he was able to trick Thor into draining the time-travel capabilities of the Thunder God's uru-hammer.
It was later revealed that another Prime Kang survived, and was invited to join the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, a group of aliens each posing as Kang whose main goal was to obtain a Celestial "Ultimate Weapon." This version of Kang referred to himself as "Fred" (after Fred Flintstone) and encountered the Avengers while trying to stop the space pirate Nebula (who in this case was actually Ravonna in disguise) from interfering with a timeline. The Prime Kang then appeared, trying to manipulate the Avengers from a time vortex and encountering the Fantastic Four while attempting to capture Mantis. "Fred" was incinerated by a Nebula-controlled Human Torch. Prime Kang later reappeared as an ally of Doctor Doom when the latter tried to steal the Infinity Gems.
Prime Kang appeared again, capturing The Vision, and battling both the Avengers and a new foe - Terminatrix. She was revealed to be The Conqueror's old would-be lover, Ravonna Renslayer. Switching roles with the princess from their last encounter, Kang took a blow from Thor's hammer meant for her. Distraught and touched, Ravonna teleported away with Kang. Terminatrix placed Kang in stasis to heal, and acted as regent of his empire in the meantime. She found, however, that his empire was under attack by a a chronal entity called Alioth, and was forced to call on the Avengers for aid. She also revived Kang, who helped the Avengers destroy Alioth, albeit not before allowing it to wipe out the Council of Cross-Time Kangs.
Immortus later revealed that he had long-term plans for the manipulation of the Avengers. One facet of this plan involved driving Iron Man insane, turning him against his fellow Avengers - an event which resulted in the Armored Avenger's death until his later resurrection by Franklin Richards. The primary aspect of his plan involved the Scarlet Witch. By seeing that she married an android, Immortus ensured that she would have no children. As a "nexus being", or key figure in her reality, Wanda's children would be of immense power. Also, Immortus could use Wanda for his own designs, realizing his goal of controlling all time. When the Avengers realized his plan, he sent the third Legion of the Unliving to fight them. He realized some success in his plan, erasing several alternate time-lines. Ultimately, in response to this attempt to overthrow their rule, the Time-Keepers decided to use Immortus as a nexus to repair the damage caused by his interference, rendering him catatonic in the process.
Two Great Wars
Kang and Immortus's quarrel came to a head during the "Destiny War", with Kang believing himself free of his obligations to become Immortus.
After faking his death several times, Immortus eventually turned on the Time-Keepers once more to aid the Avengers; he was finally and truly killed as a result. Shortly thereafter, however, when the Time-Keepers tried to instantly turn Kang into Immortus, their attempt back lashed and Immortus reappeared as a truly separate being. This freed The Conqueror from what he saw as a destiny as a "doddering old scholar" - and being thus freed, Kang slew the Time-Keepers.
The Conqueror and his son Marcus Kang XXIII, the new Scarlet Centurion, decided to embark together on a new and ambitious new campaign - what would be called the Kang War. They successfully took over Earth until remaining contingents of Avengers and the Triune Understanding were able to destroy Damocles Base, his orbital stronghold. Kang went down with the base, surviving only thanks to his suit's force-field, though the damage done to it made it inoperable. He then fought Captain America, stating that it was an honor to be defeated by such a foe. Beaten, Kang was arrested. Whilst knowing he would be executed for his crimes against the Earth and its people, he awaited his trial with glee - happy that Marcus had been returned to their home time and would forge his own legacy. He was angered when Marcus carved through the mountain to his cell, wanting to return his father home. During the war, Marcus had aided Warbird, and Kang was willing to overlook the lies surrounding this - as long as he was to die on Earth with his legacy intact. But as he was rescued, he told his son that he could not tolerate traitors in his camp and stabbed him through the chest.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Anti-Aging: Kang is over 70 years old chronologically, but has managed to stop his aging completely using his far-flung futuristic technology. Thus he appears to be a man in his mid-40s.
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As Kang: Superior-level Intellect: Though it is hard to gauge Kang's intellect given his futuristic origins, his genius is nothing short of super-human by modern standards. He commands technology beyond the most sophisticated designs of Stark Industries and Doctor Doom, and has made breakthroughs in time travel and robotics. Kang is the only known time traveler (other than his counterpart Immortus) who has the ability to travel through time without creating divergences.
Political Savvy Kang is a brilliant military tactician and a peerless general. Using his considerable charisma, Kang was able to raise an army and conqueror his first world within weeks of building his armor. He has conquered everything within 100 light years from Other Earth, including the counterpart Badoon and Shi'ar empires of his reality. Though he considers it a chore, Kang is also a capable statesman.
Skilled Combatant: Kang is a master of both armed and unarmed combat. He has managed to go toe-to-toe with Captain America, and single handedly held back Immortus's time-tossed army for several minutes during the Destiny War.
Indomitable Will: Through sheer force of will, Kang managed to separate himself from his future counterpart Immortus. Kang is absolutely fearless, and will stop at nothing to accomplish his own goals.
Battle Armor: Kang's battle armor is produced from a rare synthetic alloy from the 40th century. It is neuro-kinetic, meaning it responds to his subconscious thoughts. Though Kang has no powers, his armor endows him with rough equivalents of super-human abilities.
- Enhanced Strength: Gives Kang the ability to lift 5 tons.
- Durability: The armor has a built in force-field that extends from 2 feet away from his body, outward to 20 feet in all directions. It can withstand even a nuclear strike at point blank range.
- Anti-Gravity Device: Kang has a device in the gauntlets of his armor that allows him to render objects weighing up to 2.2 tons weightless.
- Video Communicator: Built into the right wrist is a video communicator, which he can use to stay in contact with his bases from any point in the time-stream.
- Time Travel: Kang's armor can create temporal divergences, giving him the ability to travel through and manipulate time.
- Concussive Bolts: Kang can fire concussive blasts from the finger tips of his gauntlets; these blasts have the force of several tons of dynamite.
- Weaponry: By cracking his fingers, Kang can summon any number of weapons which are transported to him through time-stream instantly.
- Electric Shock: By flexing his muscles, Kang can activate a powerful electric shock.
- Hover Pad: Kang has often made use of a hover-pad in his battles.
- Survival Kit: Kang's armor has a self-contained atmosphere, 30 day supply of food, and waste disposal system.
- Body Transference: Until recently, Kang employed nano-technology in his helmet's circuitry that enabled him to transfer his mind into a new body at the moment of death.
He typically carries various weapons, such as an anti-matter defense screen generator, a "vibration-ray" projector, an electromagnetic field amplifier, neutrino-ray warheaded missile launcher (hand-gun size), electrical paralysis generator, nerve gas sprayer and a molecular expander. He commands a vast array of warriors from across all periods of time, including his own 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 Hank Pym.
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