"KANG gorilla"

Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional ape? (see comments);
appanently diverged at some point from Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311's 31st century (from whom Immortus and most divergent Kangs, Rama-Tuts, Scarlet Centurions...diverged)

Occupation: Conqueror

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Kang (Nathaniel Richards), "Kang M.O.D.O.K.," Scarlet Centurion (Nathaniel Richards)

Enemies: The Avengers (Captain America/Sam Wilson, Hercules/Heracles, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Thor/Jane Foster, Vision/"Victor Shade," Wasp/Nadia)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Possibly "Kong the Conqueror"

Base of Operations: Limbo

First Appearance: (Possible mention) Marvel Apes I#1 (November, 2008; see comments);
    (confirmed; seen) Avengers VI#2 (February, 2017)

Powers/Abilities: "Kang gorilla" had superhuman resistance and strength, sufficient to that of a gorilla vs. human strength. He could also freeze objects in time.

    He likely had other abilities as yet undemonstrated.

Height: 7'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 350 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)

History: (Avengers VI#2) - When Kang noticed the Avengers in the company of a future counterpart of himself, he destroyed the future counterpart, creating a paradox that diverged both "Kang gorilla" and a M.O.D.O.K.-like Kang from the future counterpart. "Kang gorilla" immediately jumped into battle against the Avengers, grabbing Spider-Man and being blasted in the face by Wasp's stingers.

(Avengers VI#3) - "Kang gorilla" continued his fight against the Avengers, freezing Thor's hammer in time during the battle. The Avengers' Vision managed to reach into "Kang gorilla"'s time bubble and free Thor's hammer, and "Kang gorilla" later suggested to the M.O.D.O.K.-like Kang that they call in other Kang counterparts as reinforcements against the Avengers. "Kang gorilla" was soon punched by Hercules, who remarked that the Kang counterparts must be weakening, but "Kang gorilla" and the M.O.D.O.K.-like Kang combined their forces to attack the Avengers together.

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Comments: Created by Mark Waid and Mike del Mundo.

    "Kang gorilla"'s real name was never revealed but the human Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311's 31st century is the basis for nearly all divergent Kang counterparts.

    It was not clear if "Kang gorilla" was an intelligent ape or a mutated human. There's also the matter of the Kong the Conqueror from Earth-8101, who was an intelligent ape from the reality of the Marvel Apes. It seems possible, given the nature of time travel, that one could argue that the "Kang gorilla" covered here and Kong the Conqueror, who we never actually see on-panel but is mentioned in Marvel Apes I#1 (November, 2008), are the same and readers just didn't witness his origin until Avengers VI#2 (2017). If they ARE the same, then Kong/"Kang gorilla" could have time traveled back to conqueror Earth-8101, where he became an enemy of that reality's Ape-Vengers.

    While "Kang gorilla" and the MODOK-looking Kang are fighting the main Avengers team, Wasp had escaped into the timestream with the infant Kang to keep him safe. She eventually found the 26th century Priests of Pama who feed on time itself. Safeguarding the infant seemingly removed the barriers that were keeping Kang & his counterparts from traveling through time (a few Kang counterparts had been stuck in whatever timeline they were in by a temporal barrier created when Vision kidnapped the infant Kang). Sensing the barrier being gone, the prime Kang and Scarlet Centurion located Wasp in time and traveled forward to confront her. The Avengers gave chase, continuing the story from that point.
    We don't see "Kang gorilla" or "Kang MODOK" anymore after they group together to attack the Avengers. Presumably, they continued their attack up until the Avengers left to assist Wasp against Kang prime and Scarlet Centurion. We don't see them defeated or vanishing from time, or really anything related to what happened to them after.

Profile by Proto-Man.

"Kang gorilla" should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Avengers VI#2, p16, pan4 ("Kang gorilla," main image)
Avengers VI#2, p17, pan1 ("Kang gorilla," headshot)

Marvel Apes#1/1: Apes of Wrath story (November, 2008) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (art), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Avengers VI#2 (February, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Mike del Mundo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VI#3 (March, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Mike del Mundo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted03/19/2018
Last updated03/19/2018

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