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New Marvel Fan Theory Gains Traction: Did Kang Write The MCU's Darkhold?

And if so, Why?

By Kristy AndersonPublished 16 days ago 4 min read
Kang in 'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania'. Credit: Disney.

When Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania hits theatres in just a few weeks time, MCU fans will finally get their first real look at Kang The Conqueror, the ultimate big bad of the Multiverse Saga. While Thanos worked from the shadows for most of the Infinity Saga, Kang is expected to make multiple appearances throughout Phases Five and Six, leading up to the conclusion of the Multiverse Saga in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.

However, it is possible that Kang has already been manipulating the Saga's events off-screen, with a new rumour/theory speculating that Kang could be the Author of the MCU's version of The Darkhold, a powerful book of dark magic. Let's look at The Darkhold's history from the comics, where we've seen it so far in the MCU, and how writing the book could benefit Kang's plans.

The Darkhold in Marvel Comics

Wanda Maximoff after absorbing the Darkhold. Credit: Marvel Comics

In Marvel Comics, the Darkhold was written by an evil Elder God named Chthon, in the hope that it would eventually spread his influence on Earth while he remained trapped in the Other Realm within Mount Wundagore. It only takes a brief glance at the pages of the original Darkhold for a person to become corrupted by it. Chthon used Darkhold corrupted people in various schemes to escape the Other Realm, often by trying to possess or corrupt Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, who shares an unwanted link with Chthon due to having been born on Wundagore. Most of Chthon's schemes fail, usually due to the Elder God repeatedly underestimating Wanda or those who come to help her.

In the 2021 'Darkhold' event, Wanda leads a group of specially chosen heroes into the Other Realm to make a final stand against Chthon. While she is not able to defeat the Elder God outright, the Scarlet Witch outsmarts Chthon by absorbing the original copy of the Darkhold, thereby giving herself full control over Chthon, and vowing that he will never be released for as long as she lives. However, what Wanda's brief death and subsequent ressurrection in 'Trials of Magneto' might mean for Chthon and the Darkhold has not yet been revealed.

The Darkhold in the MCU

While The Darkhold was part of a storyline in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, that series has been nudged out of canon, or at least to another timeline in the Multiverse. This means that the first official appearance of the Darkhold in the main MCU timeline occurred in WandaVision. There, it was in the possession of Agatha Harkness, who refers to it as the book of the damned, and consults it when describing the prophecies of the Scarlet Witch to Wanda. In the series post-credits scene, we see that Wanda has taken the Darkhold, which has begun to manipulate and corrupt her.

By the time of it's next appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Darkhold has fully corrupted Wanda by planting the idea in her head that she can be with her children in another universe if she steals America Chavez's powers. When her copy of the book is destroyed, Wanda forces Wong to take her to the original copy carved into the walls of Mount Wundagore, supposedly by Chthon.

Eventually, when faced with the horror of what she has become in the eyes of her children, Wanda is able to shake the Darkhold's influence. She tears down Wundagore, and destroys all remaining copies of the Darkhold, not just in her own universe, but every universe.

As Wundagore serves as a prison of sorts for Chthon in the comics, some fans have speculated that Wanda's destruction of the Mountain could have inadvertently freed Chthon to wreak havoc upon the MCU. However, with new rumours coming to light regarding a possible change to the MCU Darkhold's origin, others are theorising the book could be tied to the larger arc of the Multiverse Saga through Kang.

Kang May Have Authored/Altered The Darkhold

The most recent trailers and TV spots for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania imply that Kang, or at least the variant of him seen in the film, is trapped in the Quantum Realm, and it is up to Scott Lang and his allies to ensure he remains trapped. Some fans believe Kang may have used The Darkhold as Chthon originally did in the comics: to spread his influence while he remained trapped.

An alternate but similar theory suggests that Kang may be interested in the Darkhold due to it's ties to the Scarlet Witch. Seeing as many variants of Kang the Conqueror exist across different timelines, it stands to reason that some of them may have encountered tales of the Scarlet Witch. Kang is a being who destroys realities and shatters timelines. The Scarlet Witch, with the power to create and rebuild reality as she sees fit, is obviously a threat to Kang's own powers.

The new theory proposes that Kang created the Darkhold, or altered the wording of it, knowing the likelihood of Wanda Maximoff becoming corrupted by it. This would turn the Avengers against her, and discourage them from seeking her help when Kang begins enacting the later stages of his plan. By taking the heroes' biggest weapon against him off the board, Kang will have massively stacked the odds in his own favour.

We'll have to keep watching upcoming MCU projects to see if any of these theories come true.

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