Marvel has often taken certain storylines from the comic books and adapted them to perfection in the movies. Captain America: Civil War is a prime example of this. The creators in Marvel Cinematic Universe and adapted them into this movie with hints to the comic book and nods to how certain characters behave. Every movie is basically is a very smart interpretation of the comic book that also follows a similar storyline. The smarter move is interpreting it in such a manner that the fans of the comic books aren’t able to guess everything about the movie based on their comic book knowledge. It seems that a recent comic book might have found a way for the Avengers to have escaped the wrath of the Mad Titan. Let’s see how Kang could save the Avengers from Thanos in the comic books.
Savage Avengers Issue #24 by Marvel Comics just showed us how Kang the Conqueror could have saved the Avengers. This comes as a surprise considering the Avengers are capable enough to fight for themselves according to the other interpretations. Here we get to see a much darker storyline as the Avengers suffer the wrath of one of their major enemies. It comes as no shock as the Avengers also end up using an ultimate move to defeat this opponent.
Thanos is a daunting character considering what he did to the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War. He uses the Infinity Stones and the Gauntlet to snap half of all life in the universe from existence. This was his means to achieve a certain balance to the universe. The surviving members of the Avengers are crushed by loss and defeat as they feel guilty for the loss of so many lives. Five years later they band together to travel back in time and gather the Infinity Stones to bring back everyone while at the same time snapping Thanos and his army to dust. The plan works but with a sacrifice as Iron Man and Black Widow are lost in the process of defeating the Mad Titan.
What Happens In The Comic Book?
In the comic book interpretation by Gerry Duggan, Patch Zircher, Java Tartaglia, Travis Lanham, the Avengers face defeat in a world-saving battle to Kulan Gath, the cabalistic sorcerer. The casualties end up being more than what we had seen in the movie, Avengers: Endgame. In a way, the comic shows us what would have happened if the Avengers lost to Thanos a second time with much worse consequences. Gath ends up killing almost all of humanity with only a few heroes left to survive in the harsh conditions. Conan the Barbarian, who’s Doctor Doom in this timeline, carves the date 2043 on Rama-Tut’s sarcophagus. This action ends up summoning a rather angry Kang to this timeline.
This might seem like a very dangerous move but at the same time, it is also one of the final moves Conan and Doctor Strange had. They consider it to be their only possible means to prevent them from facing the overwhelming loss. They can convince Kang to take them back in time and stop Kulan Gath before he ends up defeating the Avengers. This is their only way of preventing this dark future from occurring.
What Does This Mean For The MCU?
Even though Thanos doesn’t end up defeating the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame, if he does that then we know Kang can be of importance to the Avengers left off. Time travel is something that is used very often in comic books and Kang is more used to it than anyone else. Even though they haven’t yet done it, but Conan and Doctor Strange need to give the pitch of a lifetime to convince Kang to help them.