Loki’s final episode aired on July 14, 2021, ending its season 1 in the most horrific way possible. The stakes in the Disney+ Loki series are higher than we had in WandaVision or The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. If you didn’t watch the finale yet, here’s a SPOILER ALERT!
Right from the beginning of the series, we are told that the Time Variance Authority is run by the three Time-Keepers. But as the show proceeds and the characters find out the actual truth, we learn that Time-Keepers are fake and the person behind the TVA is ‘He Who Remains’. A cool reveal but who is He Who Remains?
He Who Remains is Kang the Conqueror
Played by Jonathan Majors, Kang is a powerful being ready to be the next bad guy after Thanos. Is Kang more dangerous than Thanos? Definitely. The power Kang wields is far greater than any villain we have ever seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. He controls the sacred timeline and prevents any new timelines from emerging, but why?
Why did Kang create TVA?
In the series, he explains the variants of Loki, how messy the existence of multiple timelines gets? It’s all chaos and war. Kang is a scientist from the 31st century. He discovers the other realities and meets his other versions. At first, it is all good with exploring and friendship, but soon, with greed and the hunger for power, his other versions begin to exploit and conquer leading the realities into a war with one another.
The Kang we see in the final episode is the winner of the war and hence is called He Who Remains. To prevent the multiverse to bring war again, Kang establishes TVA and eliminated all the possibilities of new timelines emerging. This is why variant Lokis are getting dumbed in the Void because they are not supposed to exist at all. Loki’s fate is to die in the hands of Thanos, that’s what Kang wrote him. Sad.
Kang was one step ahead of Lokis in the episode because he knows what was gonna happen all along until he reaches the end of the book. The choices he leaves for the Lokis is to either take over the TVA and run it after Kang’s exit or kill Kang to expose the timelines that unleash more versions of Kang who are notably eviler.
What happens to Lokis?
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, the Hero Loki, wanted one thing all along in the series, to rule over the TVA, he believed the power to be far more appealing. Whereas Sophia Di Martino’s Loki aka Sylvie wanted to burn the TVA and kill the Time-Keepers.
In the last episode, both are given two choices which are exactly what they wanted. Either rule the TVA because Kang is exhausted or kill Kang and let ‘free will’ destroy everything.
The two Lokis being what they are, are hard to trust. But the choices they are left with brings a disagreement and a little fight. Trusting a Loki is never an option I guess…
But Sylvie succeeds in the end, sends Loki to the TVA and kills Kang, her freedom of will is achieved, but the moment Kang dies, we see the creation of the multiverse and the emergence of new timelines happening every quickly. So Hero Loki was right about it, she shouldn’t have killed Kang. Oopsie!
In the end, Hero Loki is seen in a different timeline altogether, where TVA is not even bothered about him, far more, Mobius and Hunter B-15 don’t recognise him at all. The statues of Time-Keepers are replaced with the statue of Kang the conqueror. Loki is horrified staring at the statue because he wanted his figure to be there. Now his mission to rule the TVA is gone and the threat of Kang awards us more cool movies and TV shows.
We will see Hero Loki back in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness alongside Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch, three magicians amidst the multiverse chaos. But Sylvie’s fate is what concerns me. She has her free will, what will she do? Fight with the heroes to defeat evil versions of Kang or abandoned the fight and hide?
What about the multiverse?
Marvel Studios wanted to do this for a long time. The multiverse concept is beneficial to both Marvel and the fans. With multiverse as a support strategy, Marvel can introduce X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Verse and what not. It all becomes easier for Marvel now. Kevin Feige played the game well.
We already know which of the upcoming Marvel projects deal with the multiverse. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and What If…? are all about this.
Jonathan Majors is said to appear next in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania releasing in 2023 as Kang, so we know when to expect his terror next. But with the MCU, we can’t be sure. So many cameos and post-credits scenes, I am sure we’ll see Kang’s charm very soon, before 2023.
In the trailer of Eternals, it is mentioned that the Eternals did not interfere before because the threats weren’t big enough. But now they are ready to fight for what’s coming. I’m 100% sure they are talking about Kang as the new giant threat.
If you notice, we are introduced to the big bad guys through Loki in the MCU, Thanos and now Kang.
Loki will return in Season 2
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