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Ant-Man 3 Director Just Confirmed The Identity Of The Three Lead Kangs From The Post-Credits Scene

We still don't know for sure if a sequel to "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" is in the works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe writers' room, but if Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) do come back for a fourth big screen adventure, one possible title for the film could be "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Too Many Kangs."

That's based on the mid-credits scene in "Quantumania" that reveals the "Council of Kangs," a seemingly infinite assemblage of thousands of variants of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), led by three chief Kangs who actually speak on screen. Those familiar with Marvel Comics mythology could easily guess the identities of these three Kangs since the character has three prominent alternate identities in his comics' incarnation(s). Those three identities have been confirmed by no less an authoritative source than "Ant-Man" franchise director Peyton Reed.

Rama-Tut, Immortus and the (evidently no longer Scarlet) Centurion make up the triumvirate of Kangs

As a virtually immortal time-traveling warlord, the Marvel supervillain Kang the Conqueror often finds it convenient (or otherwise necessary) to adopt alternate identities for his evil schemes. These characters, retconned at various points in the ever-expanding mythology of Marvel Comics as alternate identities of Kang's, are Rama-Tut, Immortus, and the Scarlet Centurion. Any true Marvel Comics devotee watching the Council of Kangs reveal in "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" can guess that these three villains (all played by Jonathan Majors) are seen in the film.

Peyton Reed has confirmed this. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Reed explains the reasoning behind the scene and gives a little insight into it. "We knew we wanted to sort of just give a tiny taste of the potential of what some of these Kang variants are and brief nods to Rama-Tut, Centurion, Immortus," says Reed. Note the exclusion of the word "scarlet" from Centurion's name, which combined with the lack of red in his character design, could be a possible reason for the shortening of his official title. Reed also teased the idea that the versions of these characters may not be the "Prime" versions we'll eventually encounter within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Maybe they're variants of those versions," he said.

Another of Kang's alternate identities, 19th-century industrialist Victor Timely, is seen in "Quantumania" in the post-credits scene. Reed reveals that this was a scene shot for the upcoming Season 2 of "Loki," another indication that Phase Five of the MCU will be dominated by myriad variants and alternate identities of Kang.