My confusion starts from the ending of the TV show "Loki", where

"He who remains" dies and time lines branch off.

Watching "Ant-man and the Wasp : Quantumania" we learned about his variants and specifically Kang the Conqueror.

Is "He who Remains" the same character Kang the conquerer? They both seem on a mission to unite timelines into one sacred.

  • I suspect when "he who remains" died the infinity of Kang's re-emerged and fought amongst themselves a second time which we see in Ant-man. However proving the difference between a second Kang war and a first depends on just how strongly a sacred timeline(s) are ones that don't have Kangs. So this is just my opinion. Timelines appear to naturally branch in the MCU. I'd speculate that it is due to time traveling sub atomic particles causing nonstop branches forming like how Stark's time travel created a duplicate past that branched going forward. Feb 28, 2023 at 19:15
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    @Mocas - I don't really get the question as it's currently phrased. You mention He Who Remains and "his variants," including Kang the Conqueror specifically, but then go on to ask if He Who Remains and Kang are the same person. It sounds like you're confused as to what a variant is. Is right? If so, I'd rephrase the question to specifically ask about the nature of variants (or maybe post a new question asking about that, since this question already has an answer). Feb 28, 2023 at 21:10
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    @Mocas - If you have several questions, they should be asked separately; it makes life easier for people attempting to answer your question/s, since they only have to deal with one question per answer, rather than several. That said, I've been trying to figure out if there may be a single underlying question here that you haven't directly asked, but that would resolve some or all of your other questions. That's why I asked if you're confused about what a variant is; if you are confused about that, then explaining that could resolve your other questions. You didn't answer that question, though. Mar 1, 2023 at 0:28
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    @Mocas - I feel like there has to be some confusion about what a variant is, either on your part or mine. Because one of the questions you asked was whether He Who Remains and Kang the Conqueror are the same person, which doesn't make much sense as a question if your understanding of the term 'variant' is the same as mine. Mar 1, 2023 at 0:49
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    I feel the title and the body don't match, the title asks how is he different? and the body asks is he even different?
    – shanu
    Mar 1, 2023 at 3:50

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He Who Remains is a variant of Kang, just as Sylvie is a variant of Loki and Throg is a variant of Thor. In an interview with GamesRadar+, the actor said that HWR and Kang are different characters:

The character is different so you move a different way; my psychology has shifted because of the character. He’s just a different guy. He Who Remains is not in Ant-Man. It’s Kang.

As for the ominous line "See you soon", Den of Geek and Inverse agree that he's referring to his variants.

  • If Kang the Conquerer is not "He who remains" , then why when Sylvie killed the latter he said "see you soon"?
    – Mocas
    Mar 1, 2023 at 0:22
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    @Mocas he is not being literal. He who remains created a multiverse where other Kang variants didn't exist. When that failed he knew the dangerous variants of himself would be back. So it is him in variant form - not him as that specific version who just died - that will be seeing them soon. Mar 1, 2023 at 4:13
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    @lucasbachmann: he could also be literal. Since HWR can time-travel, a younger self may have met Loki and Sylvie in their future. We clearly can't know right now
    – Taladris
    Mar 1, 2023 at 14:36
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    @Taladris I agree, he could be being literal. He Who Remains was basically stuck in a time loop. Sylvie broke the loop. "See you soon" could be referring to a past version of HWR. Past for him, future for Sylvie/Loki.
    – Michael W.
    Mar 1, 2023 at 15:38

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