“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is a rollicking film that sends viewers into the heart of the Quantum Realm, which is full of mysteries and never-before-seen sights. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), his daughter, Cassie, (Kathryn Newton), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), and her mom, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), face off against Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror, and they come out on the other side. However, the movie’s two end-credits scenes prove that victory isn’t so sweet, and the war against Kang — and his many, many variants — is only just beginning. Let’s break them down.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” First End-Credits Scene: The Council of Kang Variants
The first after-credits scene features a conversation between a couple of different characters played by Majors. None of them are exactly Kang — they’re all variants. One of them is Rama-Tut, a Kang variant from a 1963 run of Fantastic Four comics. The variants discuss the death of Kang the Conqueror and how there’s nothing standing in their way now and they can move to take over the multiverse. Then, the camera pans out and shows that they’ve met in some massive coliseum with thousands of Kang variants, including one who appears to be a Skrull.
This scene confirms two major things. First, we now know for sure that Kang, who was trapped in the Quantum Realm, is dead (or at least, everyone who would have any insight into it thinks he’s dead). Second, we see that Scott’s fears at the end of the movie — that Kang might have stopped a multiversal war, but now that he’s dead they’ll all be at the mercy of his terrifying variants — were well-founded. The Kang variants are on the way.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” Second End-Credits Scene: Victor Timely and “Loki” Season 2
In the second end-credits scene, the action moves way back in time to the early 20th century. Majors appears as another Kang variant, this time wearing an old-timey mustache and showing movies under the name Victor Timely. It’s a funny sight.
Then the scene moves to the audience, where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson) watch the Kang variant, and Loki is panicked. Loki tells Mobius that this is a version of the guy they met at the end of “Loki” season one. In that show, Kang’s name was “He Who Remains,” and he was in charge of the Time Variance Authority that kept variants from roaming free. He ordered the multiverse to be kept in check as the sacred timeline.
If you don’t quite remember the end of that first “Loki” season, here’s a refresher. Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), a Loki variant, find He Who Remains at the end of time. He tells them that there used to be a multiverse, but variants of himself from throughout the timeline contacted each other in the 31st century, which led to a multiversal war. He Who Remains ended the war and isolated his timeline. He ran the TVA to keep it separate and safe. Sylvie wanted to kill him and free the variants, like herself and Loki, but Loki was worried He Who Remains was telling the truth. Sylvie sends Loki back to the TVA and kills He Who Remains, unleashing the multiverse. At the TVA, B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and Mobius don’t recognize Loki, and statues of one of the variants are everywhere.
This second “Quantumania” credits scene tells us a few things. One: Loki and Mobius will be investigating together again in “Loki” season two; two: We are probably going to see some extremely goofy Kang variants throughout Marvel shows and movies, especially in “Loki”; And three: we’re likely going to get a proper “Loki” trailer soon!
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is in theaters now.