For the next couple of years, Marvel Studios will expand beyond the borders of their Marvel Cinematic Universe into the uncharted territory of the Multiverse. With the Multiverse Saga in full swing for the next couple of phases, anything is possible storywise. However, one thing remains constant no matter the story. At the center of it all is He Who Remains, Kang the Conqueror, and his variants.
He Who Remains
Since his debut last year in the first season of Loki, Jonathan Majors captivated audiences with his brief but eventful portrayal of the mysterious antagonist. And with the multiple variants, Majors is expected to portray, including Kang the Conqueror, his character’s possibilities are endless.
In the comics, there have been several alternate identities for Kang across the Multiverse. The pharaoh Rama-Tut, the ruler Lord Immortus, and the heroic Iron Lad are all potential examples of his variants. However, in the case of the MCU, Majors’ character has the potential to be something more than his comic counterparts.
A possible cosmic origin for Kang
In the first Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014, a mural featured four cosmic entities involved in creating the Infinity Stones during the Big Bang. These four entities are Death, Entropy, Infinity, and Eternity. It wasn’t until 2022 that we got the first physical appearance of one of these entities. That being Eternity’s appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Speaking of Thor: Love and Thunder, the final climactic battle of the film took place at Eternity’s Altar at the center of the universe. In that alter, there were statues of 7 cosmic entities. Those entities were Eternity, Death, The Living Tribunal, The Watcher, Infinity, Eon, and the One Above All.
However, notice how of the Cosmic Entities that were on the mural at Morag, the only entity that isn’t a statue at Eternity’s Altar is Entropy. In The Art of Guardians of the Galaxy, they elaborate on Entropy’s character as follows:
“Entropy’s purpose is destruction: this drive pits him in a constant struggle with Eternity, whose goal is creation. Together, they keep the cycles of creation and destruction in balance.” – The Art of Guardians of the Galaxy,
So, Entropy acts as the antagonistic force against Eternity and his mission of creation. And since we know Eternity is an actual physical being that exists, then it’s likely that Entropy also exists somewhere in the MCU. But where you might ask? Enter He Who Remains and his Variants.
Kang Could Be Entropy
When He Who Remains explains his origin story and how he discovered the Multiverse, he describes how his discovery erupted into an “all-out war, each variant fighting to preserve their universe and annihilate the others.” So what Kang and his infinite number of variants did aligns with Entropy’s original plan to destroy the Multiverse. But that’s not all.
Remember when I mentioned the four cosmic entities in Morag’s mural and how only 1 of them was missing at Eternity’s altar? They represent how Entropy is not associated with the rest of the Cosmic Entities, or rather separated. Similar symbolism is shown in Episode 6 inside the Citadel at the End of Time when we reach the foyer of the Citadel and find four statues with three entities standing and one knocked down, perhaps representing Entropy’s disconnect from the rest of the entities.
A look Beyond into Oblivion
Additionally, in the MCU, Entropy replaces his comic counterpart, Oblivion. Oblivion in the comics is Eternity’s son and a cosmic entity that predates the creation of the Multiverse. He watched the Multiverse be born in Marvel Comics and has several interesting aliases, including; The Void, The End of Creation, and interestingly enough, lives in the Void. And guess who lived in the Void, predated the creation of the Multiverse, and watched it happen in Loki? He Who Remains.
Additionally, this theory would boost the popular fan theory of one of Kang’s variants potentially being the comic character known as the Beyonder for Avengers: Secret Wars. Not only that, it would give Kang’s mission far more impact.
Suppose Entropy, being Eternity’s son, is, in fact, Kang. It supports my theory of Kang = Entropy even further because Secret Wars starts when the Beyonders take out Eternity, which leads to the incursions and the creation of Battleworld. And the idea of a son taking out his father to complete his mission would give far more depth to Kang as a character. Hence, Kang would be an amalgam of a character between Kang The Conqueror, Entropy, Oblivion, and the Beyonder. But I guess only time will tell if I’m right.
You can learn more about incursions, as shown in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, via my article linked here!
But what do you guys think? Could Marvel potentially be tying Kang the Conqueror to a Cosmic Entity introduced all the way back in 2014? Let us know in the comments or on Social Media.