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Monster Hunter Stories 2 Expedition Tickets | How to get more and start multiplayer

Posted on July 14, 2021 by

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Expedition Tickets are your fast track to more items, easier, EXP, and even rare rewards.

Expedition Tickets are a must f you’re levelling multiple parties or want to find Monster Hunter Stories 2 Elder Dragon eggs. However, you’ll also need them for multiplayer missions of any kind, which is the only way to join in some of the post-launch content as it’s added.

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 Expedition Tickets

Expedition Tickets unlock roughly halfway through chapter three in Loloska when Monstie Expeditions become available. It’s part of the main story, like the Rite of Channeling, and you don’t have to do anything special to make it happen.

After this point, you’ll find Expedition Tickets at any Melynx Inc. location. There’s one Melynx in every settlement except the Felyne Shelter. Melynx representatives lurk in out-of-the-way areas, but if you’re struggling to find one, just head back to Mahana Village and speak with the one there.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Expedition Tickets come in three varieties and cost Bottle Caps.

  • Expedition Ticket (N) – 10 Bottle Caps
  • Expedition Ticket (R ) – 50 Bottle Caps
  • Expedition Ticket (SR) – 100 Bottle Caps

Monstie Expeditions are convenient ways for farming experience on new Monsties and gathering items.  Unlike other EXP farm methods, including the Barrel Felyne, these don’t require your involvement beyond picking the expedition area.

Expedition Tickets are also the only way to start multiplayer.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 multiplayer

With Expedition Ticket in hand, travel to any village’s quest board to access multiplayer quests.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 multiplayer consists of three quest types:

  • Slay quests – defeat a specific target
  • Trial quests – defeat targets within a given time limit
  • Expeditions – get as many eggs as you can

If you’re wanting a better chance at rare Monsties, Expeditions are the multiplayer quest type for you. Using Rare Expedition Tickets and Super Rare Expedition Tickets increase your chances of finding rare dens, and that’s vital for both rare monsters in general and for finding Monster Hunter Stories 2 Elder Dragons and other rare monsters.

Elder Dragons can only be found in high rank Super Rare Dens, which might spawn naturally when you’re exploring or after using the Prayer Pot. However, the chances of finding them increase even further when you use a Super Rare Expedition Ticket.

Note that despite their name, multiplayer missions work in single player mode too. The game just assigns you an AI-controlled Battle Buddy.

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Loki Ending Explained: Who Is He Who Remains, a.k.a. Kang the Conqueror?

Posted on July 14, 2021 by

Warning: Full spoilers follow for Loki Season 1.

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The Loki Season 1 finale did what its predecessors WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier avoided, serving up the big reveal that comics fans had basically been expecting — and that the show had been hinting at throughout its six episodes: Jonathan Majors made his MCU debut as classic Marvel time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror, or at least a Variant of the character known as He Who Remains.

The series also ended this first season by shattering the "Sacred Timeline," which sets up the upcoming events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and probably a bunch of other Marvel projects as well.

Kang from the comics, and a very Kang-ish version of He Who Remains from Loki.

So the question is, now that Thanos is gone, how much of a role will Majors' character play in the MCU moving forward? We know Jonathan Majors will play Kang in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Loki has been dropping Easter eggs indicating that Kang might be showing up even sooner than expected.

If you're not familiar with Kang or why he has the potential to be the next Thanos-level threat to the MCU, we're here to shed light on this powerful villain and also explain the Season 1 Loki ending. These are the topics we'll be covering here:

  • Loki Ending Explained
  • Who Is He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror?
  • Kang's Origin
  • Kang's Powers and Abilities
  • Kang's Many Identities
  • Kang and the Young Avengers
  • Kang the Conqueror Actor Jonathan Majors and Marvel Universe Connections
  • Kang in TV and Games

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Loki Ending Explained

In the Season 1 finale of Loki, Loki and Sylvie finally make it to the end of time (should that be capitalized?) to confront the mysterious figure behind the TVA, a.k.a. the Time Variance Authority. No, not the Time Keepers, who we learned a couple of episodes back were fakes, but the actual figure who has been overseeing the pruning of the Sacred Timeline: He Who Remains.

In this Loki episode, Majors plays the character as a fun figure, one who perhaps has gone a little bonkers living forever at the end of all time, knowing everything that is going to happen.

Well, to a point. As the episode proceeds, He Who Remains explains his backstory, but also that they are now reaching a moment in the timeline where he will no longer know how things are going to play out — a juncture that will finally free him of the self-imposed prison he has been living in as master of the timeline. And it's up to Sylvie and Loki to decide what comes next. At the same time, the one Sacred Timeline the Time Variance Authority has been maintaining under his watch will start to splinter into an untold number of timeline branches…

But first, about that backstory: He Who Remains explains that it all began with a Variant of himself, a scientist from the 31st century, who discovered that other timelines/realities exist. At first things were friendly as other versions, or Variants of this scientist, began to meet up across different timelines. But then some Variants turned to conquering, and the Multiverse War we learned about in Episode 1 began. In the end, He Who Remains… well, remained. As the winner of the war, he created the TVA to keep other timelines from branching into existence in order to avoid another multiversal conflict.

The last words of He Who Remains: I'll see you soon.

And so now He Who Remains wants out, and Loki and Sylvie have a choice: Become the new masters of the Sacred Timeline, or kill He Who Remains, which will bring about the multiverse once again and, inevitably, the return of an untold number of He Who Remains/Kangs who will wind up re-starting the war. Loki wants to take over, if only to avoid the inevitable conflict that will result from killing He Who Remains. But Sylvie wants to kill He Who Remains, choosing the chaos of a multiverse — and free will — over all else. After fighting Loki, she kisses him — and then pushes him back through time to the TVA before stabbing He Who Remains, who doesn't even fight back. We last see Sylvie at the end of time, contemplating her decision as the timeline branches and splinters into an infinite amount of variations — a multiverse.

The Loki finale ends with our title character landing back at the Time Variance Authority, but he soon realizes that it's a TVA from a different timeline, because Mobius and Hunter B-15 have no idea who he is. And then he sees it — a statue of He Who Remains, who now looks a lot like Kang from the comics. Is Kang the Conqueror now the master of time (and the TVA)? We'll surely find out in Season 2, which was revealed in post-credits tease that simply shows TVA paperwork being stamped with the words "Loki will return for Season 2."

Who Is He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror?

It's not easy recapping the convoluted history of Kang the Conqueror. He's a villain who's gone by many names and many different motivations in his countless clashes with the Avengers and Fantastic Four. But through it all the basics have stayed the same. Kang is a man who sees himself as the rightful master of the world. Using the power of time travel and the most sophisticated weaponry his future world has to offer, Kang has repeatedly sought to rewrite history to his own whims and ensure his own rise to power.

Kang's love of time travel is exactly what makes him such a dangerous and seemingly never-ending thorn in humanity's side. No matter how often he's defeated, banished or even destroyed utterly, some version of him is always out there, waiting and plotting. In the Season 1 Loki ending, He Who Remains is clearly a Kang Variant, but apparently a more benevolent one than the Kang (or Kangs) we'll likely get moving forward in the MCU.

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Kang's Origin

While the first appearance of Kang the Conqueror is featured in 1964's The Avengers #8, the character technically debuted a year earlier in Fantastic Four #19. We'll try to summarize Kang's confusing origin story as simply as possible.

Kang's real name is Nathaniel Richards. Originally a historical scholar from the 31st century (and possibly a distant descendant of either Reed Richards or Victor von Doom), Nathaniel discovers Doctor Doom's ancient time travel tech and uses it to travel back to the era of ancient Egypt. Crowning himself "Rama-Tut," he lords over his new subjects and uses his futuristic tech to make himself seem like a god. That is, until the Fantastic Four show up to end his reign.

After escaping to the 20th century, Rama-Tut meets Doctor Doom and uses Doom's distinctive armor as inspiration for his next supervillain identity, the Scarlet Centurion. However, he's again defeated by Earth's heroes and attempts to return to his own timeline.

This is where Kang the Conqueror is born. Richards accidentally travels forward too far in time, arriving in an era when human civilization has collapsed. As the only person left who understands the advanced but forgotten technology of the 40th century, the newly minted Kang is able to quickly conquer his new timeline and even extend his new empire beyond Earth's borders. Not content to be ruler of a futuristic empire, Kang begins a recurring game of toying with time and attempting to rewrite history to suit his own whims.

Kang's Powers and Abilities

As an ordinary human from the 31st century, Kang has no innate superhuman powers. However, he's a gifted physicist and historian, using his knowledge of science and history to manipulate the timeline and accumulate power. His distinctive green and purple suit of armor (inspired by Doom's own armor) both enhances Kang's strength and allows him to survive in whatever inhospitable environments he may find. Kang has a time-ship that allows him to freely travel through the time-stream, and he's also assembled a vast army comprised of the best warriors from throughout history.

Kang also sometimes wields a ray gun that can sap a person's strength and willpower, along with various doomsday weapons only a 40th century tyrant could dream of.

Kang also seems to be functionally immortal. Because he's so fond of abusing the timeline for his own selfish ends, there are countless variations of Nathaniel Richards in existence. No matter how many times Kang is defeated, there's always another incarnation of the Conqueror ready to continue his crusade.

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Kang's Many Identities

Kang is every bit as convoluted a character as one would expect from a man whose favorite hobby is manipulating time. But part of what makes Kang such a confusing character is that he's had so many different names and identities over the years. It doesn't help that these various characters weren't all originally conceived as being the same person, so a lot of these connections have been forged after the fact. If you're familiar with the comic book storytelling term "retcon," Kang is basically its living embodiment.

As we've already covered, Nathaniel Richards uses names like Rama-Tut and the Scarlet Centurion early on in his career as a time-travelling tyrant. But taking up the mantle of Kang isn't his last identity shake-up.

At some point in his long life, Kang gives up his name and his empire to instead forge an alliance with an advanced alien race known as the Time-Keepers. In exchange for true immortality, Kang agrees to preserve the timeline and ensure the Time-Keepers' rise to power. At that point he becomes Immortus. Ironically, his younger selves are responsible for much of the damage Immortus is tasked with undoing.

Kang has held other cover identities while masquerading as a 21st century human, including a small-town mayor named Victor Timely and a business tycoon named Mr. Gryphon.

If all this isn't complicated enough, thanks to time travel these various incarnations of Kang basically coexist alongside each other and sometimes collude or wage war against one another. There's even an entire team of Kangs known as the Council of Cross-Time Kangs. Picture the Citadel of Ricks in Rick and Morty, but with less alcohol and self-loathing.

 The many versions of Kang the Conqueror.

Kang and the Young Avengers

There's another notable incarnation of Kang who may well factor into the MCU at some point. The 2005 series Young Avengers introduces a team of teen heroes modeled after classic Avengers but with very different backgrounds and origin stories. The team's founder, Iron Lad, isn't a descendant of Tony Stark, but is actually a teen version of Nathaniel Richards from a splinter timeline. Kang attempted to travel back in time and rescue his younger self from a group of bullies who had left him hospitalized for months. Kang saves himself and gives the young Nathaniel an advanced suit of armor in the hope of hurrying along his transformation from ordinary man to Kang. But instead, young Nathaniel is horrified by his older self and travels back in time to form a new team of Avengers.

Ultimately, this version of Kang is killed and Iron Lad is forced to wipe his own memories and return to the future, restoring the proper timeline. But he leaves behind a copy of his consciousness inside his armor, which fuses with the broken remnants of Vision to form a new version of that iconic Avenger.

Iron Lad is an important Kang offshoot to know, given that Marvel is showing every sign of introducing the Young Avengers in the MCU.

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Kang the Conqueror Actor Jonathan Majors and Marvel Universe Connections

After appearing in this Loki episode, we know Jonathan Majors will be back as Kang in Ant-Man 3 — but Kang's love of time travel and perpetual habit of returning to threaten the Avengers all over again make him perfectly suited to become a recurring antagonist across the MCU. It doesn't hurt that he has deep connections to so many different Marvel characters and teams. Will he also play some kind of a role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or the reportedly multiverse-focused Spider-Man: No Way Home now that after the Loki ending there's a multiverse of timeline branches? Nothing is confirmed yet, but it would seem likely.

As mentioned before, Kang may well be a descendant of Mister Fantastic or Doctor Doom. Both characters have certainly played a key role in his development as a villain. He also has connections to major characters on the cosmic side of the MCU. In the comics, Kang once competed with the Grandmaster for a chance at godlike power, and he attempted to claim the so-called "Celestial Madonna" (better known as Mantis) as his bride.

Decades after it was originally published, Marvel added more layers to the events of Fantastic Four #19 by revealing Nathaniel's true motivations for travelling back in time and becoming Rama-Tut. He was actually seeking out a young En Sabah Nur, the mutant destined to become Apocalypse, to crown him as his heir. He never succeeded, though Apocalypse turned out to be a chip off the old block in terms of harnessing futuristic technology and seeking to dominate the world.

With Kang now firmly linked to the Fantastic Four, Avengers and X-Men, Marvel forged yet another connection in the 2015 series Uncanny Inhumans. There, Black Bolt gives his son Ahura to be fostered by Kang, seeing the time travelling tyrant as the only safe haven in a world growing steadily more hostile toward the Inhumans.

[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/11/15/lego-marvel-superheroes-2-review”]

Kang in TV and Games

  • TV: Given his status as one of the greatest Avengers and Fantastic Four villains, it should come as no surprise Kang has enjoyed a healthy career outside of Marvel's comics. His first animated TV appearance came way back in 1967's Fantastic Four animated series, with the episode "Rama-Tut" adapting the events of Fantastic Four #19. Whether as Kang or Rama-Tut, the villain has appeared in numerous other Marvel cartoons like X-Men Evolution and Avengers: United They Stand. He even had a brief cameo as Immortus in an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series. But Kang's most significant animated appearances have come more recently. He played a recurring role in both Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (voiced by Jonathan Adams) and Avengers Assemble (voiced by Steve Blum). He made his live-action debut in the Season 1 Loki finale.
  • Games: Kang has appeared in F2P games like Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Contest of Champions, but his most notable video game appearance so far has been in 2017's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Kang (voiced by MCU veteran Peter Serafinowicz) serves as the main villain of the game and is also available as a playable character.

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July 14, 2021: This story has been updated with the latest information about Loki.

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Loki Finale Explained: Who Is He Who Remains, a.k.a. Kang the Conqueror?

Posted on July 14, 2021 by

Warning: Full spoilers follow for Loki Season 1.

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Loki Season 1 did what its predecessors WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier avoided, serving up the big reveal that comics fans had basically been expecting — and that the show had been hinting at throughout its six episodes: Jonathan Majors made his MCU debut as classic Marvel time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror, or at least a Variant of the character known as He Who Remains.

The series also ended this first season by shattering the "Sacred Timeline," which sets up the upcoming events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and probably a bunch of other Marvel projects as well.

Kang from the comics, and a very Kang-ish version of He Who Remains from Loki.

So the question is, now that Thanos is gone, how much of a role will Majors' character play in the MCU moving forward? We know Jonathan Majors will play Kang in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Loki has been dropping Easter eggs indicating that Kang might be showing up even sooner than expected.

If you're not familiar with Kang or why he has the potential to be the next Thanos-level threat to the MCU, we're here to shed light on this powerful villain and also explain the finale of Loki. These are the topics we'll be covering here:

  • Loki Season Finale Explained
  • Who Is He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror?
  • Kang's Origin
  • Kang's Powers and Abilities
  • Kang's Many Identities
  • Kang and the Young Avengers
  • Kang the Conqueror Actor Jonathan Majors and Marvel Universe Connections
  • Kang in TV and Games

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Loki Season Finale Explained

In the Season 1 finale of Loki, Loki and Sylvie finally make it to the end of time (should that be capitalized?) to confront the mysterious figure behind the TVA. No, not the Time Keepers, who we learned a couple of episodes back were fakes, but the actual figure who has been overseeing the pruning of the Sacred Timeline: He Who Remains.

Majors plays the character as a fun figure, one who perhaps has gone a little bonkers living forever at the end of all time, knowing everything that is going to happen.

Well, to a point. As the episode proceeds, He Who Remains explains his backstory, but also that they are now reaching a moment in the timeline where he will no longer know how things are going to play out — a juncture that will finally free him of the self-imposed prison he has been living in as master of the timeline. And it's up to Sylvie and Loki to decide what comes next.

But first, about that backstory: He Who Remains explains that it all began with a Variant of himself, a scientist from the 31st century, who discovered that other timelines/realities exist. At first things were friendly as other versions, or Variants of this scientist, began to meet up across different timelines. But then some Variants turned to conquering, and the Multiverse War we learned about in Episode 1 began. In the end, He Who Remains… well, remained. As the winner of the war, he created the TVA to keep other timelines from coming into existence in order to avoid another multiversal conflict.

The last words of He Who Remains: "I'll see you soon."

And so now He Who Remains wants out, and Loki and Sylvie have a choice: Become the new masters of the Sacred Timeline, or kill He Who Remains, which will bring about the multiverse once again and, inevitably, the return of an untold number of He Who Remains/Kangs who will wind up re-starting the war. Loki wants to take over, if only to avoid the inevitable conflict that will result from killing He Who Remains. But Sylvie wants to kill He Who Remains, choosing the chaos of a multiverse — and free will — over all else. After fighting Loki, she kisses him — and then pushes him back through time to the TVA before stabbing He Who Remains, who doesn't even fight back. We last see Sylvie at the end of time, contemplating her decision as the timeline splinters into an infinite amount of variations — a multiverse.

The finale ends with Loki landing back at the TVA, but he soon realizes that it's a TVA from a different timeline, because Mobius and Hunter B-15 have no idea who he is. And then he sees it — a statue of He Who Remains, who now looks a lot like Kang from the comics. Is Kang the Conqueror now the master of time (and the TVA)? We'll surely find out in Season 2, which was revealed in post-credits tease that simply shows TVA paperwork being stamped with the words "Loki will return for Season 2."

Who Is He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror?

It's not easy recapping the convoluted history of Kang the Conqueror. He's a villain who's gone by many names and many different motivations in his countless clashes with the Avengers and Fantastic Four. But through it all the basics have stayed the same. Kang is a man who sees himself as the rightful master of the world. Using the power of time travel and the most sophisticated weaponry his future world has to offer, Kang has repeatedly sought to rewrite history to his own whims and ensure his own rise to power.

Kang's love of time travel is exactly what makes him such a dangerous and seemingly never-ending thorn in humanity's side. No matter how often he's defeated, banished or even destroyed utterly, some version of him is always out there, waiting and plotting. In the Loki Season 1 finale, He Who Remains is clearly a Kang Variant, but apparently a more benevolent one than the Kang (or Kangs) we'll likely get moving forward in the MCU.

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Kang's Origin

While the first appearance of Kang the Conqueror is featured in 1964's The Avengers #8, the character technically debuted a year earlier in Fantastic Four #19. We'll try to summarize Kang's confusing origin story as simply as possible.

Kang's real name is Nathaniel Richards. Originally a historical scholar from the 31st century (and possibly a distant descendant of either Reed Richards or Victor von Doom), Nathaniel discovers Doctor Doom's ancient time travel tech and uses it to travel back to the era of ancient Egypt. Crowning himself "Rama-Tut," he lords over his new subjects and uses his futuristic tech to make himself seem like a god. That is, until the Fantastic Four show up to end his reign.

After escaping to the 20th century, Rama-Tut meets Doctor Doom and uses Doom's distinctive armor as inspiration for his next supervillain identity, the Scarlet Centurion. However, he's again defeated by Earth's heroes and attempts to return to his own timeline.

This is where Kang the Conqueror is born. Richards accidentally travels forward too far in time, arriving in an era when human civilization has collapsed. As the only person left who understands the advanced but forgotten technology of the 40th century, the newly minted Kang is able to quickly conquer his new timeline and even extend his new empire beyond Earth's borders. Not content to be ruler of a futuristic empire, Kang begins a recurring game of toying with time and attempting to rewrite history to suit his own whims.

Kang's Powers and Abilities

As an ordinary human from the 31st century, Kang has no innate superhuman powers. However, he's a gifted physicist and historian, using his knowledge of science and history to manipulate the timeline and accumulate power. His distinctive green and purple suit of armor (inspired by Doom's own armor) both enhances Kang's strength and allows him to survive in whatever inhospitable environments he may find. Kang has a time-ship that allows him to freely travel through the time-stream, and he's also assembled a vast army comprised of the best warriors from throughout history.

Kang also sometimes wields a ray gun that can sap a person's strength and willpower, along with various doomsday weapons only a 40th century tyrant could dream of.

Kang also seems to be functionally immortal. Because he's so fond of abusing the timeline for his own selfish ends, there are countless variations of Nathaniel Richards in existence. No matter how many times Kang is defeated, there's always another incarnation of the Conqueror ready to continue his crusade.

[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/07/09/loki-ep-5-do-these-clues-reveal-the-secret-villain-behind-the-tva-mcu-canon-fodder”]

Kang's Many Identities

Kang is every bit as convoluted a character as one would expect from a man whose favorite hobby is manipulating time. But part of what makes Kang such a confusing character is that he's had so many different names and identities over the years. It doesn't help that these various characters weren't all originally conceived as being the same person, so a lot of these connections have been forged after the fact. If you're familiar with the comic book storytelling term "retcon," Kang is basically its living embodiment.

As we've already covered, Nathaniel Richards uses names like Rama-Tut and the Scarlet Centurion early on in his career as a time-travelling tyrant. But taking up the mantle of Kang isn't his last identity shake-up.

At some point in his long life, Kang gives up his name and his empire to instead forge an alliance with an advanced alien race known as the Time-Keepers. In exchange for true immortality, Kang agrees to preserve the timeline and ensure the Time-Keepers' rise to power. At that point he becomes Immortus. Ironically, his younger selves are responsible for much of the damage Immortus is tasked with undoing.

Kang has held other cover identities while masquerading as a 21st century human, including a small-town mayor named Victor Timely and a business tycoon named Mr. Gryphon.

If all this isn't complicated enough, thanks to time travel these various incarnations of Kang basically coexist alongside each other and sometimes collude or wage war against one another. There's even an entire team of Kangs known as the Council of Cross-Time Kangs. Picture the Citadel of Ricks in Rick and Morty, but with less alcohol and self-loathing.

 The many versions of Kang the Conqueror.

Kang and the Young Avengers

There's another notable incarnation of Kang who may well factor into the MCU at some point. The 2005 series Young Avengers introduces a team of teen heroes modeled after classic Avengers but with very different backgrounds and origin stories. The team's founder, Iron Lad, isn't a descendant of Tony Stark, but is actually a teen version of Nathaniel Richards from a splinter timeline. Kang attempted to travel back in time and rescue his younger self from a group of bullies who had left him hospitalized for months. Kang saves himself and gives the young Nathaniel an advanced suit of armor in the hope of hurrying along his transformation from ordinary man to Kang. But instead, young Nathaniel is horrified by his older self and travels back in time to form a new team of Avengers.

Ultimately, this version of Kang is killed and Iron Lad is forced to wipe his own memories and return to the future, restoring the proper timeline. But he leaves behind a copy of his consciousness inside his armor, which fuses with the broken remnants of Vision to form a new version of that iconic Avenger.

Iron Lad is an important Kang offshoot to know, given that Marvel is showing every sign of introducing the Young Avengers in the MCU.

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Kang the Conqueror Actor Jonathan Majors and Marvel Universe Connections

We know Jonathan Majors will be back as Kang in Ant-Man 3, but Kang's love of time travel and perpetual habit of returning to threaten the Avengers all over again make him perfectly suited to become a recurring antagonist across the MCU. It doesn't hurt that he has deep connections to so many different Marvel characters and teams. Will he also play some kind of a role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or the reportedly multiverse-focused Spider-Man: No Way Home? Nothing is confirmed yet, but it would seem likely.

As mentioned before, Kang may well be a descendant of Mister Fantastic or Doctor Doom. Both characters have certainly played a key role in his development as a villain. He also has connections to major characters on the cosmic side of the MCU. In the comics, Kang once competed with the Grandmaster for a chance at godlike power, and he attempted to claim the so-called "Celestial Madonna" (better known as Mantis) as his bride.

Decades after it was originally published, Marvel added more layers to the events of Fantastic Four #19 by revealing Nathaniel's true motivations for travelling back in time and becoming Rama-Tut. He was actually seeking out a young En Sabah Nur, the mutant destined to become Apocalypse, to crown him as his heir. He never succeeded, though Apocalypse turned out to be a chip off the old block in terms of harnessing futuristic technology and seeking to dominate the world.

With Kang now firmly linked to the Fantastic Four, Avengers and X-Men, Marvel forged yet another connection in the 2015 series Uncanny Inhumans. There, Black Bolt gives his son Ahura to be fostered by Kang, seeing the time travelling tyrant as the only safe haven in a world growing steadily more hostile toward the Inhumans.

[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/11/15/lego-marvel-superheroes-2-review”]

Kang in TV and Games

  • TV: Given his status as one of the greatest Avengers and Fantastic Four villains, it should come as no surprise Kang has enjoyed a healthy career outside of Marvel's comics. His first animated TV appearance came way back in 1967's Fantastic Four animated series, with the episode "Rama-Tut" adapting the events of Fantastic Four #19. Whether as Kang or Rama-Tut, the villain has appeared in numerous other Marvel cartoons like X-Men Evolution and Avengers: United They Stand. He even had a brief cameo as Immortus in an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series. But Kang's most significant animated appearances have come more recently. He played a recurring role in both Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (voiced by Jonathan Adams) and Avengers Assemble (voiced by Steve Blum). He made his live-action debut in Loki.
  • Games: Kang has appeared in F2P games like Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Contest of Champions, but his most notable video game appearance so far has been in 2017's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Kang (voiced by MCU veteran Peter Serafinowicz) serves as the main villain of the game and is also available as a playable character.

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July 14, 2021: This story has been updated with the latest information about Loki.

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Where to place prepper supplies in Fortnite prepper supplies fortnite

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Fortnite Season 7 is trucking along, and we've got a new batch of legendary challenges to help us get those precious battle pass stars. The alien invasion theme is continuing, and it looks like the humans of the Fortnite world are starting to make some concrete plans to counteract those mysterious extraterrestrials. This week, your first challenge is to place prepper supplies in Hayseed's farm.

As you might imagine, Hayseed's farm is located near Corny Complex. Finding the exact spot you need to place prepper supplies can be tough since the area is so huge. We've done the hard work for you so you don't have to wander around aimlessly. Keep in mind that you have to finish the prior challenge, which is just getting your orders from Sloane at a payphone.

Here's where to place prepper supplies in Fortnite. 

Prepper supplies location

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Head to Corny Complex and look for the farmhouse located in the northeast, across the river from the main farm. There will be a dirt road leading to Hayseed's farm, and at the intersection you'll see a couple of rocks and pine trees.

(Image credit: Epic Games)

Look for the glowing blue outline shaped like a box of supplies right in front of the rocks. All you have to do now is interact with the outline and the prepper supplies will appear, letting you access the next challenge during your next match.

Thankfully, that's it! A very short challenge, but it leads to a longer one. For your trouble, you'll get 30K experience.

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Dirt 5 players can expect some new content next week

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Dirt 5 players can expect some new content coming next week on July 20.

Additional cars, tracks, events, and more Playgrounds options are coming to Dirt 5.

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It’s all part of the Super Size Content Pack, Update 5.00, and the Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update.

The first of the new free circuits to be added to the game will be Sao Conrado and Rio Seafront, Brazil. Both have slightly different layouts perfect for off-road machines. These tracks, and their reverse variants, are available in Arcade mode with all customizable weather conditions. Both are used for multiple events in the new Career chapter and can be selected in Online private lobbies.

The Super Size Content Pack will come with four off-road vehicles, one of which is the Bentley Continental GT Ice Race Car. There’s also the Armada Rock Racer, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Baja Concept, and the Rezvani Tank.

This pack also further expands the Career mode with another 27 events. Each of the car classes featuring the four new vehicles are featured, as is the new Sao Conrado circuit, and events using the new Playgrounds items. Also, Time Trial events have been created for the fresh Career chapter.

Two more sponsors are also included: Toblerone and Power Maxed. Both are available to sign for and earn exclusive rewards for, including liveries by completing their objectives. More customization items also arrive in the Super Size Content Pack, such as stickers, lanyards, and more patterns.

The pack is included in the Dirt 5 Amplified Edition or Year One Edition. Owners of the Standard Edition can purchase the pack from digital stores.

There’s also the Parts Unknown Playgrounds update which was inspired by classic science fiction concepts and art deco. This pack contains over 20 new objects and can be used in Create mode for all event types (Gate Crasher, Playgrounds, Smash Attack). There are new ramps and pieces to encourage wall-riding, as well as props and decorations with a space-age theme. Free to all players, it also includes the Area 51 location option when designing your custom race arenas with multiple weather conditions and times of the day.

Update 5.00 will include more real-world liveries for five cars. Plus, the BMW M2 Competition, Citroen C3 R5, Fiat Abarth 124 Rally, Porsche 911 RGT, and Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia have been added, available for free to all players.

Over in Playgrounds, the team has implemented more ways to compete and earn rewards, based on community feedback. You should look out for weekly events in the Featured area of the Discover menu, and every seven days a new challenge will be available with in-game rewards handed out based on your global leaderboard position at the end of the event.

More technical tweaks and improvements are also coming with Update 5.00. Five more Achievements/Trophies will also be added, and PlayStation 5 players will feel more haptic feedback from the DualSense controller. These enhancements will ensure you notice changes in traction across different surfaces, feel the brake trigger as you slow down, you will feel gear changes, and more. The team has also further refined the game’s use of PS5’s 3D audio capabilities.

Additional details will be provided in the patch notes which are set to be released closer to the content drop.

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Red Dead Online’s latest expansion will once again make you wish it was singleplayer DLC Red Dead Online's Blood Money expansion.

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"Experience civilized crime in Frontier America!" Yes! "Robberies, shakedowns, and more new lawless activities!" YES! "In Red Dead Online: Blood Money!" Dagnabbit it.

OK, I'm being a little harsh. Blood Money is a fairly major (and free) update to Red Dead Online that's now live, and adds a bunch of new story missions to the multiplayer component of the game. Players work for the NPC Guido Martelli to amass a currency called Capitale in robberies, shakedowns and increasingly tough crime contracts that lead to 'Opportunities'—the expansion's showpiece events.

There are three 'Opportunities' to come for Blood Money but it launches with one. In this you'll be "in pursuit of the Covington Emerald, an ill-gotten heirloom coveted by black hats far and wide, being transported by rail on a heavily guarded train."

The expansion further adds a set of passes to earn cosmetics with, called The Quick Draw Club, each of which costs 25 gold bars but will ultimately reward the same if completed.

The press release also includes this promotional image of a horse that looks like it should be advertising eau de cologne.

Red Dead Online's Blood Money expansion.

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Finally, the update will add Nvidia DLSS support for anyone with the appropriate graphics cards. Here's what our hardware bods make of that.

It is kind of sad that Rockstar just doesn't 'do' singleplayer DLC any more. We're a far cry from the days when the studio released GTA3, Vice City and San Andreas over an incredible three years, and the insane production values that Rockstar's games are now known for means the gaps between each of their titles is bigger than ever. When it's done singleplayer DLC in the past, it's been excellent. But now the online modes are the long tails of these games and where the money is, so instead of GTAV getting something like The Ballad of Gay Tony you get dozens of cosmetics a week in update cycles that it's hard to care about.

Rockstar may even have misgivings itself. It's notable that the Cayo Perico expansion for GTA Online was sold very much as 'this is almost like singleplayer content, honest.'

I'd kill for something like Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC, which flipped the tone of that world completely and leaned into the silly stuff. But even something less ambitious would do, any reason to return to Red Dead 2's wonderful singleplayer experience. It's a pity that, the way things look, the Capitale will always dictate otherwise.

Cross-play and cross-progression in the works for Battlefield 2042, to be tested in tech test

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Cross-progression and cross-play are in the works for Battlefield 2042, and DICE is planning to test the features out during a technical test.

News of a cross-progression and cross-play technical test for Battlefield 2042  has been announced by EA.

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According to the information provided, a subset of cross-play functionality will be tested during the Technical Playtest. This means during this test, PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S users will be able to test playing together.

Beyond the technical playtest, DICE said it is still building cross-play functionality, and so the first go-round with it will be through the invite-only group added to the Technical Playtest. PC and console users can opt out from playing together.

During the test, the aforementioned will not be able to play with those on Xbox One and PS4 players. These console users can play together, though.

Alongside cross-play, the development team is also building cross-progression and cross-commerce. This will be shared across all platforms and will travel with you no matter which platform you choose. So, for example, your unlocked progress, and purchases in your PlayStation copy of the game will carry over onto the Xbox or PC version, and vice versa.

The Technical Playtest will occur later this summer, and a few thousand participants will be asked to test new features and functionality.  There aren’t sign-ups available, as EA will contact those chosen directly, but if you are interested, be sure any information included in your profile when you signed up for EA Playtesting is current and accurate. That said, registering for EA Playtesting will not guarantee you access to this, or other Playtests.

Battlefield 2042 releases later this year on October 22 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Those who pre-order Gold and Ultimate Editions for PlayStation or PC can access the game as early as October 15.

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Battlefield-like shooter World War 3 back from the dead with a very promising update

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World War 3’s long-awaited overhaul has been in the works for over a year, and The Farm 51 is finally ready to show it off.

World War 3, the indie shooter from Chernobylite developer The Farm 51, was one multiplayer shooter Battlefield fans were especially excited to play. The game replicates much of what Battlefield is known for, and, in the absence of a recent modern military Battlefield, many looked to WW3 to scratch the same itch.

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Unfortunately, the game’s early access launch left many disappointed thanks to a host of bugs, performance issues, and fundamental problems with the game’s core mechanics in movement, shooting and map design. Following a period of live updates, many of which dramatically changed the game, The Farm 51 decided to continue working on a massive overhaul behind the scenes, thanks in part to a new partnership with publisher My.Games.

The studio has kept quiet for nearly a year, until today. In a new update, the World War 3 developer demonstrated everything that’s been in the works, covering all the major sticking points for players, and revealing how the updated game will act on years of feedback. The upgrades are too many to count, making it look like a whole new game.

The video even shows off new, unexpected additions – like the Backpack menu, which allows players to switch their weapon attachments on the go, much like Battlefield 2042’s Plus Menu (and Crysis before that).

Unfortunately, the new update doesn’t mention when players will be able to get their hands on the new World War 3. Given the decision to switch from paid to free-to-play, a number of questions about monetisation also remain – though it looks like answers will have to wait.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD reviews round up – all the scores

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD reviews have landed and we’ve round up the scores for you.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD reviews have been published ahead of the game’s July 16 release, and you can look over the various thoughts and scores in our round up below.

Originally released for Wii in November 2011, this is the sixteenth mainline entry in the series, and takes place on the floating island of Skyloft and the land below it. The game was eventually made available worldwide on the Wii U eShop in September 2016.

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This, the HD version of the game, promises smoother and more intuitive controls in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game running at 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite.

The game was teased for Switch as far back as 2018 by Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma, series director for The Legend of Zelda. Then last summer, an Amazon UK listing for the game surfaced and was subsequently pulled. Nintendo finally announced the game was coming to Switch back in February of this year.

All scores below are based on ten being the highest unless noted.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD reviews

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How to find Capitale in Red Dead Online red dead online capitale

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Looking for Capitale in Red Dead Online? Blood Money has introduced new rewards and bonuses, as we'd expect from a major update. But it also adds a new and somewhat shady line of work in the form of Crimes and Opportunities. This is where the new Capitale currency comes in, which is used to unlock the harder Opportunity missions.

As the name suggests, Crimes will involve carrying out morally-questionable missions, either as a group or solo. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, but don't know where to start, this guide will help you out. Here's what we know about Red Dead Online Capitale, including how to find it and where you can use it.

Red Dead Online Capitale: How to find the new currency

Crimes and Opportunities missions don't actually reward Capitale, but they'll send you to areas where you can find this new currency. When you're carrying out these missions, look out for Capitale hidden inside treasure chests and lockboxes, and don't forget to loot bodies, too.

Luckily, starting these Blood Money missions is pretty straightforward. Head to Saint Denis and look for the Blood Money marker on the map. If you can't find it, check your Documents tab to see if you've received a letter from Guido Martelli. You can find him in the central area, in the Saint Denis garden. 

Once you've talked to Martelli, you'll be introduced to the Crimes missions, as well as the various contacts that offer them—though you'll need to gain their trust first. The '$' symbol can identify these contacts on the map. They are:

  • Anthony Foreman: Radley’s House in Rhodes or Doyle’s Tavern in Saint Denis
  • Sean Macguire: Tall Trees or Great Plains
  • James Langton: Hennigan’s Stead or Lake Don Julio
  • Joe: Osman Grove, New Hanover

You can also gain some Capitale from the Hired Gun Kit, vendors if you have the Red Dead Online gold bars to spare, or from unsecured homesteads or camps if you're out exploring in Free Roam.

Where to use Capitale in Red Dead Online

Opportunities are challenging missions that require Capitale to unlock. Only the Covington Emerald Opportunity is currently available with various difficulties offered—the higher the difficulty, the higher the reward. These are:

  • Standard Opportunity: 15 Capitale
  • Hard Opportunity: 20 Capitale
  • Ruthless Opportunity: 25 Capitale

Two more Opportunities are expected to unlock in the coming weeks.