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Kang the Conqueror

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"History is not written, scholar— and neither is destiny! History is made! Made by the deeds of the strong! The brave! And destiny is forged! The historians, the students, the gray-beards— they come in the wake of the strong and write down what the brave have done! But it is the conquerors who change the world."

Alter Ego: Nathaniel Richards

Notable Aliases: Iron Lad, Rama-Tut, Victor Timely, Scarlet Centurion, Immortus

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First Appearance: Fantastic Four #19 (October, 1963) note ; The Avengers #8 (September, 1964) note ; The Avengers #10 (November, 1964) note  Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005) note 

A time-traveling conqueror with vast powers and technological supremacy, Kang has amassed an empire with a citizenry of millions, and cut a swath of terror through the ages. A strong contender for the title of Arch-Enemy of the Avengers as a whole, with Ultron being the only real challenger to that claim. In addition, several alternate versions of Kang have appeared throughout Marvel's titles over the years, including his respective future and past heroic selves, Immortus and Iron Lad.

Kang first appeared in The Avengers #8 (September, 1964), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Rama-Tut first appeared earlier in Fantastic Four #19 (October, 1963). Immortus first appeared in Avengers #10 (November, 1964), while Iron Lad first appeared in Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005).

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Kang will make his cinematic debut, portrayed by Jonathan Majors, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. An alternate version of the character — A composite of Immortus and He Who Remains — appeared in the first season finale of Loki.

Not to be confused with the Simpsons character of the same name.


Kang the Conqueror provides examples of:

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    In General 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Ravonna, at least at first. Sometimes, it's the other way around.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • To Marcus, eventually culminating in killing him. At which point it's revealed he was just the latest in a long line of Marcii, all of whom fell short of Kang's vision.
    • And the Apocalypse Twins (Uriel and Eimin), all of whom end up various degrees of screwed up as a results. He dumped the Twins in the concentration camps of Days of Future Past, dangled hope under their noses repeatedly and snatched it away, then ended up making Uriel cut out his sister's eyes when he wasn't even ten.
  • Alliance of Alternates: Kang was part of the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, made from his alternate versions from other timelines. They tried several times to control reality and clashed with the Avengers while doing so. Their Legion of Doom-like alliance lasted until the "original" Kang killed them all off. He still occasionally used alternate versions later, without reforming the Council.
  • Alternate Self: Thanks to the rules of Marvel time-travel, Kang's life has branched, with alternate versions bedeviling Marvel's heroes. Not even Kang's absolutely sure which Kang did what anymore.
  • Anachronic Order: The simplest way of describing Kang and his younger and older counterparts. They are all the same guy, but on account of each having their own ever-expanding history before inevitably adopting their next alias, they are functionally separate characters. Then there is the large number of times they have met and/or fought one another, disguised as each other... keeping track of Nathaniel Richards's story is complicated.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • If Ultron is the Avenger's #1 greatest enemy, then Kang is safely #2. He's faced the Avengers quite a few times over the years, and, unlike Ultron, (until recently...) actually took over the world. Of course, the Avengers managed to take it back, but it was still quite an accomplishment.
    • Kang has a habit of getting into ongoing rivalries with other villains. There's Zarrko, his main competitor in the "time-traveling conqueror" game; Apocalypse (it's complicated- they knew each other back in Ancient Egypt); and of course, Immortus... who is his future self (it's even more complicated).
  • Army of the Ages: The Anachronauts, his elite fighting force.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The opening arc of Avengers vol 4 has the team having to deal with (a) Kang picking a fight with an Ultron in a Bad Future which he can't win, using time-travel to try and undo this, causing a Time Crash of epic proportions.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the ruler of a number of empires across space and time, and is easily capable of going toe-to-toe with the entire Avengers at once.
  • Badass Normal: He has no powers of his own. All of his abilities come from his technology, but he's more than capable of putting up a fight against a whole team of Avengers even without his more advanced tech.
  • Beard of Evil: Sometimes sports one as Kang. Always sports one as Immortus. The chairman of the Council of Cross-Time Kangs also has one.
  • BFG: He typically tends to wield impressively large futuristic guns. In both hands, naturally.
  • Big Bad: Kang is this in The Celestial Madonna Saga, The Last Avengers Story, The Crossing (though this was later retconned to be Immortus pretending to be Kang), and The Kang War.
  • Blood Knight: He became a Multiversal Conqueror because he was bored with living in a utopia.
  • Body Backup Drive: Kang has a device built into his armor that allows him to automatically transfer his mind into a clone upon death. Eventually, he got rid of it, thinking it was clouding his judgement, and robbing him of the thrill of potential death.
  • Boxed Crook: Immortus was originally presented as being one, but Avengers Forever retconned it so he was retired before he was recruited by the Time Keepers.
  • Brought Down to Badass: More than once has his suit been disabled or destroyed in some way, but that doesn't stop him from being a dangerous warrior, tactician, and fighter with eons of battle experience, who's still naturally stronger than the average 21st century super soldier. Best exemplified with his exchange with a Super-Soldier Serum-enhanced Patriot:
    Patriot: Without his armor, Kang's...
    Kang: (nstantly does a Punch Catch and counterattack in response) Powerless? You underestimate me, child.
  • Conqueror from the Future: The Trope Codifier. He wants to use his superior technology to create techno-dictatorships in all time periods.
  • Continuity Snarl: Kang himself is very much this trope personified. The strangest point being that in so many years and so many offered explanations and events it's become insanely hard to tell if any given action is something that is helping him achieve his destiny or is evidence he is defying his destiny. It is also possible because so much of his life has involved him dealing with himself at alternate points, all the snarls and paradoxes are supposed to be confusing to the reader all for the sake one day the whole thing could eventually make sense if put chronologically from his perspective. Avengers: Forever made a valiant effort at explaining the whole thing... but that was two decades ago, and Kang's history has grown since then.
  • Cool Chair: A floating cushion made of invisible force fields.
  • Death Is Cheap: In the latter days of Steve Englehart's run, Kang used an excessive amount of an energy from a "time device" of his (let's just call it that for convenience's sake) and in doing so, wiped himself out. And in doing that, also wiped out Rama Tut and Immortus, both of which were future versions of himself. None of this quite stuck...
  • Defector from Paradise: As seen in the Blood Knight entry, Kang was born in an alternative 31st century Earth timeline where mankind was living in a utopia, but resented the complacency of the society and its people and left to become a conqueror because he sought adventure and power.
  • Emperor Scientist: 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.
  • Enemy Mine: Immortus and Rama Tut team up with the Avengers to stop Kang in The Celestial Madonna Saga...and then Kang teams up with the Avengers to defeat Immortus in Avengers Forever.
    Spider-Man: And why would you be trying to save the universe?
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Pretty typical of Kang's speaking depictions is he's got a deep voice. Such as Jonathan Adams in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Steve Blum gives him a commanding baritone in Avengers, Assemble! and Marvel Future Avengers.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He doesn't just fight the Avengers. In his years, Kang has also picked fights with Ultron, the Universal Church of Truth, the Badoon and, uh, himself.
  • Expressive Mask: His mask moves along with his face. Somewhat justified in that it's advanced technology, presumably designed to do so.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Rama-Tut hates Kang. Kang despises Immortus. His younger self, Iron Lad, feels the same way about him, although for different reasons. Although it is possible, his experiencing this trope that is what actually allows him to live the full life that the reader gets to experience way out of order.
  • Galactic Conqueror: One coming from the future.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he is far from the only thing that made Apocalypse become what he is, it would be accurate to say that he is the primary direct and indirect cause of Apocalypse's slide into villainy. Between causing the deaths of his entire adoptive family, trying to get him to join him, and giving him a Curb-Stomp Battle after Apocalypse understandably attacked him, he did an awful lot to push him off the edge - by all accounts, Apocalypse was a genuinely nice and kind child before the weight of Kang's actions crushed every last shred of decency in him.
  • Heroic Lineage: He is a distant descendant of Mister Fantastic's time-traveling father, Nathaniel Richards. And also inverted, as he's implied to be a descendant (or maybe ancestor) of Dr. Doom, as well.
  • He's Back: During Avengers: Forever, he starts to get into a funk over his old age, and it looks like he's on the path to becoming Immortus pretty soon. At the end of that story, he gets his mojo back.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Kang War confirms that Kang could use his time travel abilities to win every battle (for example, by hopping away, regrouping and rearming, and then returning at the exact second he left), but he doesn't because it wouldn't be sporting.
  • I Have Many Names: Rama-Tut, Kang, Scarlet Centurion, Immortus, Victor Timely, Iron Lad and Kid Immortus.
  • It's All About Me: The Kang who saves the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy from a Bad Future does so only because the Magus' actions are threatening him.
  • Large Ham: Just look at the quote at the top of the Avengers Forever page.
  • The Lost Lenore: Princess Ravonna. Sometimes. Not that Kang was terribly broken up when she died in Avengers: Forever.
  • The Magnificent: That's Kang the Conqueror to you.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • At one point, Kang manipulated Ravonna into betraying him and taking over his empire, knowing it would put her at risk of being killed by any of the nasties he routinely picks fights with so she would learn to appreciate him. Somehow, despite knowing there was a chance of not living through this, he didn't think Ravonna would mind. She stabs him in the back.
    • He kidnapped the Apocalypse Twins shortly after their birth, and put them through horrific scenarios as they grew (such as sending them to the mutant internment camps of an alternate timeline). He did all that to make them think all humans were mutant-hating monsters, so the Twins would ultimately remove all the mutants (whom he heavily disliked) from Earth. Unfortunately for Kang, the Twins decided to destroy the Earth afterwards, as revenge for what he put them through. Unfortunately for the Twins, Kang was several steps ahead of them, and both undergo a total Villainous Breakdown when they realise that even when Earth is gone and they have their own mutant planet in a personal nebula, complete with a massive Tachyon Dam to prevent Kang intervening, he still out-gambits them, using their plans to fulfil his own scheme to claim the power of a Celestial. As everything falls apart, he mocks them, saying that yes, they took Earth away from him... and then, he took it back.
  • The Masochism Tango: His complicated relationship with Ravonna, which has included more than once instance of literally being stabbed in the back.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He's conquered several realities already.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Once, he and Immortus got into a fight that ended with Immortus zapping him with the information of all his other selves. It killed Kang.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is both The Dreaded and he's feared throughout history.
    Kang: Greater men than you have trembled at my name — Lesser men have fainted at its mention!
  • Older Than He Looks: 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.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Kang hates the Council of Kangs, regarding them as a bunch of idiots. At one point, he quite gladly sacrificed the lot of them to defeat an Eldritch Abomination. And, of course, there's Immortus.
  • One-Man Army: In several appearances, Kang has attempted to take over the world all by himself. He's never succeeded, but he makes a good showing.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Forever War between Immortus and Kang is presented as being this in Avengers Forever.
  • Out-Gambitted: The Apocalypse Twins think that they have everything neatly sewn up; Earth destroyed, Kang trapped in a dying future by a massive Tachyon Dam, and their own 'Planet X' of mutants. A neat vengeance on their abusive foster father. Then, Kang neatly undoes everything they've done, erasing Planet X, restoring Earth, and revealing that he was actually disappointed in how little challenge they'd proven, on the way to using their plans to consume the life-force of a Celestial.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One of his plots had him hanging around in the Old West, in his usual purple and green outfit. If anyone asked about it, he just claimed it was covering up old war injuries. This worked.
  • Place Beyond Time: His former headquarters, Chronopolis. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in Avengers Forever.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: For a guy from a utopian future, he really is a sexist bastard. Possibly because he romanticizes and admires to become like the politically incorrect conquering warlords of the past eras.
  • Powered Armor: Kang wears highly advanced battle armor 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.
    • Barrier Warrior: The armor generates a force field that can stop a direct hit from Mjolnir.
    • Hand Blast: Kang can fire concussive blasts from the fingertips of his gauntlets; these blasts have the force of several tons of dynamite.
    • Shock and Awe: By flexing his muscles, Kang can activate a powerful electric shock.
    • Summon to Hand: By cracking his fingers, Kang can summon any number of weapons that are transported to him through the time-stream instantly.
    • Super Strength: He can lift about five tons (though this has increased significantly over time).
    • Time Travel: Kang's armor can create temporal divergences, giving him the ability to travel through and manipulate time.
    • Villain Teleportation: He teleports to either around the battlefield, to his base or into the timestream.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Purple is one of his primary colors, and he is a good candidate for the Avengers' most powerful opponent.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He was a Fantastic Four villain in his guise as Rama Tut before he showed up as Kang.
  • Screw Destiny: In Avengers Forever, Kang expresses frustration at the inevitability that he will grow old and become Immortus. He currently believes he got his way around it (or perhaps that is just what the timekeepers want him to think).
  • Screw Yourself: A gender-bent alternate Kang once propositioned him.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears purple and green to battle the Avengers, most of whom wore primary colors when he was first created.
  • Slouch of Villainy: One of Kang's iconic images is of him doing this on an invisible force field cushion.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: With a touch of a button, he can summon any Impossibly Cool Weapon he likes from his "trans-temporal armory."
  • The Spook: For most of his existence, the details of his past (including his real name) were kept deliberately obscure, and hints were frequently dropped that he was either a descendant or a future self of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, or Doctor Doom.
  • The Strategist: 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.
  • Straw Misogynist: Kang carries a considerably dim view of females, stating they are only good for little more than serving as soldiers or mothers and should not be given too great a status since they are a distraction and a weakness. He also spawned his children from princesses, scientists, and athletes to be selected as breeding stock for his children before being sent to his private chambers and locked in until Kang managed to forcibly conceive a child with the mate.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Kang the Conqueror, the most dangerous of all time travellers in Marvel history, goes by the birth name of... Nathaniel. "Nate" to his friends, if he had any. You can see why he traded it in. "Nate the Conqueror" just doesn't have the same ring.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Supposedly, with Mantis, during The Crossing... though this was later retconned to be a Space Phantom posing as her.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Iron Lad is Kang's juvenile self, who knows his destiny but doesn't want to grow up to be a supervillain.
    Iron Lad: Kate, if you found out you were going to become... Adolf Hitler, wouldn't you do everything in your power to make sure it never happens?
  • Victory Is Boring: Why he keeps coming back to modern day Earth-616, despite having already established several empires in different timelines.
    Kang: Though my own century fears me as the most ruthless conqueror of all time, my triumph is a hollow one so long as the twentieth century escapes my tyranny!
  • Villainous Rescue: During Guardians of the Galaxy, he saves a time-lost Star-Lord, Jack Flag, Bug, Mantis and Cosmo, mainly so they can stop the Bad Future.
  • Villainous Valor: Say what you want about the guy, but when it comes to battle he never quits and will never run from a fight when pushed. He also has no problems fighting his enemies up close and personal when demanded.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Every protege he undertakes asks him the obvious question - if he has access to time travel why bother risking a loss confronting his opponents when they're experienced? Why not kill them in the past when they're incapable of defending themselves? His answer is always there being no sport or honor in killing children.
  • Worthy Opponent: How he regards the Avengers, with Captain America as the worthiest.

    Rama-Tut 
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"Defy me, and you and all that you cherish will be destroyed."
The first supervillain identity that Nathan Richards ever assumed. After studying the history of the Heroic Age of Modern Day Earth-616, Richards discovered a fully functional replica of a time platform believed to have been invented by Doctor Doom, and fashioned it into a TARDIS-like timeship resembling a sphinx. Traveling back to Egypt in the year 2960 BCE, Richards easily took over the land thanks to his superior technology, calling himself Rama-Tut and crowning himself Pharaoh. After learning of the existence of a powerful young mutant named En Sabah Nur, Rama-Tut seeks to claim him as his heir. Encountering the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange on their own time traveling adventures, Rama-Tut is eventually forced to flee back to the future and adopt the Kang persona, but some future incarnations have him resuming the Rama-Tut identity as a form of retirement.
  • A God Am I: Used his advanced technology to convince the natives he was a god.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Tried to make Sue Storm marry him in his first appearance, via a Hypno Ray.
  • Been There, Shaped History: That famous Sphinx? His time-machine, left where he crashed it. In fact, most of the tech is still in there.
  • The Caligula: Downplayed, but he is a despotic ruler who encourages his subjects to revere him as a god, and has several monuments built to reflect this. He is at his worst in his early reign, where this is all new to him and he's Drunk with Power. The older, "retired" versions of him have mellowed with age.
  • Evil Mentor: To Apocalypse. It went horribly right.
  • Handicapped Badass: He was blinded when his timeship crashed in Egypt. He eventually got his sight back... after he conquered Egypt.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: He was reluctant to kill Doctor Doom when they met in a team-up because he wasn't genuinely sure whether Doom is his ancestor or not.
  • Mighty Whitey: Nathaniel Richards set himself up as a pharaoh in Ancient Egypt.
  • Retired Badass: One Kang got bored with being in charge and became Rama-Tut again, returning to Egypt because he enjoyed the simpler life and easy adulation.
  • Sandal Punk: A Nepharious Pharaoh who wields a Ray Gun and commands a robot army.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Rama-Tut convinced his subjects to abandon their old gods in favor of him. Khonshu resented humanity for turning their back on him, and millennia later, he's still got a chip on his shoulder.
    • Though he's not the only one to blame for Apocalypse's Start of Darkness, Rama-Tut definitely did make it a lot worse.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Usually, Rama-Tut tends to go shirtless.
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    Scarlet Centurion 
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"My time is not your time, and your standards hold no meaning for one such as I."
After Rama-Tut was ousted from his position as Pharaoh by the Fantastic Four, he attempted to return to his own time, but was caught in a temporal storm and crash landed in the modern era of Earth-616. A chance encounter with Doctor Doom prompted him to abandon the Rama-Tut identity and create a new supervillain persona similar to Doom's. He travels back in time to visit the founding Avengers lineup of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Thor, Wasp, and the Hulk, right before Hulk leaves the team, offering to share his knowledge of the future to help them bring about a golden era of peace. This creates a divergent reality: Earth-689. The Scarlet Centurion then pits the Earth-689 founders against the current Earth-616 Avengers. After his defeat, the Centurion again attempts to return to his own time, but ends up in the 40th Century, where he reinvents himself again, taking on the Kang identity.

    Immortus 
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"As ever, heroes, you underestimate me."
The supposed final incarnation of Nathaniel Richards. After several adventures as an Evil Overlord, Kang eventually becomes humbled and disillusioned by his failures as a conqueror. Retiring from supervillainy, he initially resumes the identity of Rama-Tut and attempts to rule Egypt as a wiser, more benevolent ruler, but ultimately decides to spend his twilight years in Limbo, a pocket dimension that exists outside of the normal space/time continuum. However, the Time Keepers had other ideas. They tracked Richards down and made him a proposition: Immortality in exchange for serving as the guardian for an 80 millennia span of the space-time continuum. Now calling himself Immortus, he seeks to repair the damage his earlier selves have done to the time stream. Valuing order over chaos, Immortus alternately helps and hinders the Avengers as he maneuvers through the timestream, intent on preventing temporal paradoxes before they begin.
  • The Ageless: Benefits of being a time-traveler working for the Time Keepers, he is much older than he looks, and he wasn't a spring chicken before he was given the job.
  • Almighty Janitor: He's often called Custodian of the Timestream. And in the 90s X-Men animated series, he even disguises himself as a janitor named Bender (no, not that one).
    Kang: He calls himself the Master of Time! "Gardener of Time" is more truthful! He prunes away the chronal branches deemed by others to be dangerous, reducing reality to a bloodless meadow!
  • Army of the Ages: He's a step up from Kang in that he can summon one without tech thanks to his powers, but he still loves using these.
  • The Chessmaster: Hoo... Avengers: Forever elevates him to this, revealing how a lot of his actions over the years tied into one great big fiendish and insanely over-complicated plan to, among other things, stop mankind becoming a galaxy-spanning empire.
  • Death Is Cheap: Supposedly killed by the Time Keepers in Avengers: Forever, and fried by the Next Avengers in Brian Bendis' Avengers. Of course, since he's a time-traveler...
  • Didn't See That Coming: He manipulated the course of The Vision and Scarlet Witch's romance, because he figured as a synthezoid they'd never be able to have children. Then Wanda used her magic to create children anyway.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Avengers: Forever reveals he's behind a lot of stuff over the previous thirty-odd years, all as part of a plan to keep mankind from going into space.
    • He was the one who first aimed the Badoon at Earth, where they ran into the Silver Surfer, knowing their drubbing would cause the Badoon to return in a thousand years time and nearly wipe out mankind in response, causing the formation of the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • He manipulated Iron Man during the events of Operation: Galactic Storm, leading to the Avengers executing the Kree Supreme Intelligence. Unfortunately, said manipulating also caused Iron Man's behavior in The Crossing, which wasn't part of the plan.
    • Sending a Space Phantom to persuade the Grim Reaper to try and get the Vision to upload his brain into Captain America's body was a plan to make sure the Vis would start a relationship with the Scarlet Witch.
    • Wanda's Trauma Conga Line at the end of West Coast Avengers was partly his doing.
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: A far cry from his past self.
  • Happily Married: At least one version of him lived out to the end of his extended life with a version of Ravonna, even having a son with her. They made arrangements so that when he died, she would die immediately thereafter, so they wouldn't be apart.
  • I Hate Past Me: Immortus wants to preserve the timeline, and many of the problems with the timeline were caused by his younger self.
  • Kick the Dog: According to Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four, when every version of Nathaniel Richards in the multiverse gathered together, Immortus told them they had to hunt down and kill one another. No reason was given.
  • Nice Hat: Immortus wears an impressively large hat.
  • Not Me This Time: At one point, he claimed to be responsible for Hank Pym's mental breakdown. Much later, it turned out he wasn't. Ah, retcons...
  • Retgone: Thanks to the Forever Crystal, he was able to erase entire timelines from existence, having started doing so during the days of West Coast Avengers.
  • Time Master: He has extensive knowledge of travel through and manipulation of time. He uses a wide variety of instrumentation for manipulation of and travel through time, most of which he designed. It is known that he was tutored by the Time-Keepers.

    Iron Lad 
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"I'm here to protect you. The future depends on it."
A 16-year-old Nathaniel Richards whose path diverges when his future self saves him from an assassination attempt. Hoping to spare him painful moments and accelerate his transformation to Kang (under more favorable circumstances), Kang shows the boy his (future) history and provides him with a suit of neurokinetic armour that responds to his subconscious thoughts. However, Young Nate is horrified by what he sees and becomes determined to prevent his destiny as a supervillain by any means necessary. Discovering that his armour had time travel capabilities, Nate travels back to modern day Earth-616 and attempts to contact the Avengers. However, by the time he arrives, the team had been disbanded. Altering his armor into a likeness of Iron Man's armor, Nate adopted the heroic persona of Iron Lad and used an Avengers Fail-Safe Program to create a new version of the team. Unfortunately, Iron Lad's conflict with Kang eventually created a temporal paradox that threatened to unravel the space-time continuum, forcing him to return to the future and embrace his supervillainous destiny.
See Young Avengers for more info.

Alternative Title(s): Kang The Conqueror

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