Kang the Conqueror

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Kang the Conqueror is a fiction character that appears in comic book published by Marvel Comics. The character first appears in Avengers #8 (Sep. 1964), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. In 2009, Kang was ranked as IGN's 65th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

Nathaniel Richards was a scholar born in the 30th century. Bored with the perfection of his society, Richards became fascinated with history and discovered the time travel technology created by one of his ancestors, Victor Von Doom. Richards then traveled back in time to ancient Egypt circa 2950 B.C., in a Sphinx-shaped timeship, and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, with intentions of claiming En Sabah Nur — the mutant destined to become Apocalypse — as his heir. He was briefly blinded in a crash, but a radioactive herb restores his sight. Richards's rule lasts until being driven off after a defeat at the hands of the time-displaced heroes of the 20th century, the Fantastic Four (with some help from a time-traveling Doctor Strange and Khonshu ), and he escapes into time. He returns to rule, and encounters the time-traveling West Coast Avengers.

Embittered by this defeat, he travels forward to the 20th century of an alternate timeline, being Earth-689, and meets his ancestor Doctor Doom, first encountering him adrift in outer space and returning him to Earth. Richards then designs armor for himself based on Doom's using 40th century technology, and calling himself the Scarlet Centurion manipulates the Avengers from this timeline — the original team — into apprehending all heroes and villains. The Centurion then transports the Avengers from the mainstream Marvel universe (Earth-616) into the timeline, hoping that they will defeat their Earth-689 equivalents, and can then be disposed of. While the mainstream versions do defeat their counterparts, they are also able to force the Centurion from the timeline, where he battles the Squadron Supreme on an alternate Earth. The Centurion then travels back to his home century, and reinvents himself as Kang the Conqueror and, using the resources at his disposal, establishes an empire.

On Kang's first foray into the 20th century, his attempt to conquer this time period is thwarted by the superhero team the Avengers. Kang is furious and swears vengeance, and battles the Avengers to a stalemate, using a Spider-Man robot, but the real Spider-Man destroys the robot. He returns, attempting to win the hand of Princess Ravonna by demonstrating his power to her father by battling the Avengers; however, Ravonna is mortally wounded by one of Kang's commanders Baltrog. After an encounter with the Thunder God Thor utilizing his Growing Man, Kang returns and enters into a wager with the cosmic entity Grandmaster in hopes of restoring life to Ravonna, and uses the Avengers as his pawns against the Grandmaster's newly created champions, the Squadron Sinister. This also ends in a stalemate thanks to the intervention of the Black Knight. Kang later has a brief encounter with the Hulk, who he utilizes in a scheme to conquer Earth during World War I. Kang attempts to trick the Hulk into killing his own ancestor—and thus potentially negate the formation of the Avengers —before trying to capture the Avengers once more. This scheme is foiled by Spider-Man, the Human Torch, and the Inhumans.

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