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Kang the Conqueror is a 2021 Marvel five-issue mini-series written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, with art by Carlos Magno.

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Followed by a one-shot Timeless, by Jed MacKay

Tropes in Kang the Conqueror:

  • Alternate Self
    • The old and resourceful Kang travels through time to recruit his young self and teach him(self) everything he needs to know.
    • The young Kang finds several variants of the same woman, Ravonna, at different points of the timestream
  • Crapsaccharine World: As Nathaniel, he mentioned that he came from a post-scarcity world where you're free to do whatever you want. Nathaniel ended up getting bullied and having his throat cut by a gang of his school tormentors. Underneath the 30th century wealth and technology is a society that's mouldering away. It finally culminates into a global nuclear war that happens in the 40th century and reduces the future to a new age of barbarism.
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  • Conqueror from the Future: Per the title and solicits, Kang is, was, and will become a conqueror. The book is about a younger Kang attempting to avoid this.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Per the solicits, a young Kang will be confronted with an "an old and broken" Kang, as well as be persuaded to fight against Rama-Tut, an older version of him who rules as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Per the solicits, the book is about how a young Kang will eventually become the conqueror that everyone knows him as.
  • Stable Time Loop: The series end with the young Kang becoming the old version of himself.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Kang meets Ravonna, the one the old Kang used to love, and decides to play things completely opposite to the way he did. Ravonna ends up shot anyway.


Tropes in Timeless:

  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Anatoly doesn't like being called Dr. Petrov.
  • Driven by Envy: What kick-starts the story, as Kang decides to show Anatoly why he is the better and more influential supervillain then Doctor Doom.
  • Point of View: Of Dr. Anatoly Petrov, a professor on supervillians.
  • Field Trip to the Past: Kang takes Anatoly to a number of different times and locations, including the Ice Age, and the future.
  • Foreshadowing: The panel of Kang viewing the various disturbances across the time stream foreshadow several potential events upcoming in the Marvel universe.
  • Wham Shot: While reminiscing on the visions of the future Petrov saw in Oracle Base, Petrov wonders "And why is this particular vision imprinted on my mind?" Said vision being The Miracleman logo.