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Loki: Jonathan Majors Arrives in the Season 1 Finale as He Who Remains

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During The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Investor Day presentation late last year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed the third film in the Ant-Man saga, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, will star Majors as Kang the Conqueror.

What connects He Who Remains and Kang the Conqueror? In an interview with Marvel.com, series head writer Michael Waldron revealed the Loki series intended to have a huge impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, setting up the multiverse and its main “time-traveling, multiversal adversary.” Waldron crafted the Multiversal War mythology, which He Who Remains explains to the confused Loki and Sylvie in his office at the Citadel at the End of Time, in the final act of the Loki story.

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In Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Loki, series star Tom Hiddleston sets up the arduous task it took to reach the man behind the curtain, “After a very long journey, Sylvie and Loki are able to discover that the TVA had an architect. At the end of time, beyond the Void, beyond Alioth, is a doorway and through the doorway is a citadel. The Citadel is essentially uninhabited and abandoned, but there is one solitary light on in the window, and that light is illuminated by He Who Remains.”

The creative team behind Loki were thrilled to secure Majors to embody He Who Remains. Series co-executive producer Kevin Wright describes the character as “somebody who is looming large over the story, and is the driving force of the mystery of finding the man behind the curtain.”

“Once you see behind the curtain, everything has changed,” continues Wright. “For that role, it’s so exciting for an actor then like Jonathan to come in and live this character and get to do it. While they’re only here for maybe 30 minutes of the series, it feels like they are just in the DNA of the entire run of the show.”

In the special, Majors explains how he approached the character of He Who Remains as “the archetype of the wizard and what happens to him when he gets bored and he becomes the trickster.” 

“When we meet He Who Remains, he’s on the borderline of those two things,” adds Majors. “We don’t really know where he’s at, and I think the ambiguity of that is one of the wicked things about it.”

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Hiddleston reveals Majors came into the production of Loki in its final week, “creating something, I think, will be talked about for a long time.” He Who Remains’ presence and life’s work alludes to what’s at stake should Sylvie and Loki tamper with the Sacred Timeline, not just for the multiverse but the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Speaking on Majors’ performance, Wright states, “It’s absolutely thrilling; you could feel the energy on set. We were watching the flowering of the next phase of the Marvel Universe.”

In He Who Remains’ conversation with Loki and Sylvie, Loki asks the supreme Time Keeper what he’s so afraid of, to which He replies, “Me.” Hiddleston explains, “The variant of He Who Remains, the one he’s been talking about, the one he’s so afraid of, is Kang. Kang is bent on destruction, and I’m so curious to see what Jonathan does in the future.”

“With He Who Remains, the objective for me was to give me the largest canvas possible,” shares Majors. “And from that, as Kang begins to rear his head and do his deeds, in so many ways, he has no choice but to be in opposition, be different from He Who Remains. That was the thing that grabbed me and pulled me into the role, the fact that Kang lives in so many iterations, as He Who Remains says, ‘Reincarnation, baby.’”

As Sylvie plunges her sword into He Who Remains’ chest, will he make good on his threat? That remains to be seen. We’ll have to wait and see when Marvel Studios’ Loki returns for Season 2. You can see Jonathan Majors next in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, arriving in theaters on February 17, 2023.

Hiddleston concludes, “The potential of a multiverse is literally infinite. We can already look at our singular universe with awe as one decision begets another and another. We like to say that the possibilities are endless, but in a singular timeline, that is simply not the case. Each falling grain of sand in an hourglass changes how every other grain will fall. We’re both masters of our own destiny and victims of circumstance. There’s simply no knowing how things will turn out until they happen.” 

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Is 'What If...?' canon? Marvel star drops a shocking clue

Inverse 20 July, 2021 - 08:00pm

The multiverse has opened infinite possibilities.

The first animated Marvel series to exist within the MCU, it’s also the first series on Disney+ not to directly address the franchise’s tangled continuity.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Hiddleston teased his episode of What If...?, about a universe in which Odin didn’t adopt Loki and make him Thor’s adopted brother. In that alternate reality, Loki instead becomes “Party Thor.” It sounds like a hilarious premise, but what Hiddleston said next raises some eyebrows: “And then it sets up a bunch of stuff in the MCU, which I know nothing about.”

Even if Hiddleston claims ignorance when it comes to the episode’s table-setting for future events in the MCU, the idea of What If...? impacting the franchise in this way has major implications. How will these more structurally important aspects of What If... end up manifesting in the series?

Within the trailer for What If...? lies one clue to the animated series’ glorious purpose. Aside from clips from various episodes showing Captain Carter, T’Challa as Star-Lord, and the Guardians of the Galaxy as the Avengers, the trailer is narrated by someone who introduces himself as “The Watcher.”

For fans of Marvel Comics, this identified the series’ narrator as Uatu, the Watcher. Uatu acted as a Rod Serling-esque host in the What If...? comics, serving as the keeper of parallel universes bound to a vow of non-interference.

This character offered a window into other universes that remained closed-off from the main continuity in the comics. This Disney+ series, however, could find Uatu setting events in motion that impact the rest of the MCU.

If Uatu is related to the multiverse — or is perhaps a more peaceable variant of Kang the Conqueror — the narrator could introduce each episode as a variant universe in the multiverse Sylvie created by killing He Who Remains.

This could culminate in the collision of all these worlds within the main Marvel multiverse, resulting in a tangled web of variant universes that could set up incoming Marvel movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

In terms of orchestrating more multiverse chaos, given where Loki just ended, What If..? isn’t asking a question of if, but when.

Loki Director Is Interested in Filming a Miss Minutes Movie

CBR - Comic Book Resources 20 July, 2021 - 06:49pm

Though Kate Herron will not return for Loki Season 2, she has a few horror-centric ideas for the show's unnerving animated mascot Miss Minutes.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Herron was asked about potentially doing a "Miss Minutes slasher movie" in the future on account of the Time Variance Authority clock being "utterly terrifying." She enthusiastically supported that premise, saying, "I would love to! That would actually be my dream."

Voiced by renowned voice actor Tara Strong, Miss Minutes first appeared in Loki's pilot as part of a TVA video explaining the organization's purpose and relation to both the Time-Keepers and Sacred Timeline. Later, it's revealed that the anthropomorphic clock is semi-sentient and can not only communicate with Loki and TVA members like Judge Ravonna Renslayer but interact with the environment and search through files as well. These encounters also allude to Miss Minutes' knowing more about the TVA than she lets on, with Ravonna confiding in her about wanting to protect the TVA's creator from harm.

Loki's season finale, however, introduced Miss Minutes through a jump scare just as Loki and Sylvie entered He Who Remains' castle beyond the Void. She then proceeded to tempt the two Variants with the possibility of receiving a perfect life on the timeline in exchange for giving up their search, only for both Lokis to reject her offer. At the same time, Miss Minutes provides Ravonna with some unknown files that she claims "will be more useful," prompting the Judge to leave both Mobius and the TVA "in search of free will." It's currently unclear whether Miss Minutes exists in the new TVA timeline following He Who Remains' murder, with Loki discovering one of his 31st-century Variants in place of the Time-Keeper statues.

Herron recently confirmed that she would not be returning for Loki Season 2, explaining that she never intended to go beyond the six episodes she helmed with head writer Michael Waldron. Herron also said she won't be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time soon. "I'm just focused on my own stuff at the moment," said said. "I love Marvel and I'd love to work with them again, but my outing with Loki is what I've done with them."

Until the character makes her horror debut, the all-knowing Miss Minutes has a recurring role on the six-episode Season 1 of Loki, which is streaming in full on Disney+.

Source: THR

Marvel's What If...?: Premiere Date, Cast And Other Quick Things We Know About The Disney+ Series

CinemaBlend 20 July, 2021 - 03:04pm

Have you ever wondered how your favorite characters from the Marvel movies could have ended up if certain events canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe had turned out differently? Well, soon you will not have to think about it for yourself because What If…?, one of the most anticipated upcoming Marvel TV shows, aims to explore that question by reinventing the timeline with a series of individual animated one-shots. Just like all the best Marvel movies, there is plenty of mystery that still surrounds this Disney+ exclusive, but the following is a quick, convenient guide of everything that we can tell you about it so far, such as when you can expect to stream it.

Marvel Studios began to announce their plans for a slew of new episodic content to be made exclusively to stream on Disney+ in September 2018. Mentions of a show inspired by the anthological comic book series What If…? (which began imagining things like Spider-Man joining the Fantastic Four or Iron Man betraying the Avengers when it debuted in February 1977) was reported in early 2019 and officially announced that April.

More than two years later, it was announced that the premiere episodes of What If…? will be available to stream on Disney+ Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This is the first animated series produced by Marvel Studios since they became their own production company and helming the project is someone who has been involved with the MCU almost since the beginning.

Bryan Andrews has won four Emmys for his work on acclaimed animated series like Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack (which both have uncredited Iron Man 2 storyboarder Genndy Tartakovsky in common). The 2010 Iron Man sequel was actually Andrews’ first gig with Marvel Studios as a storyboard artist himself, which was followed by several more that include 2012’s The Avengers, both of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and Avengers: Endgame in 2019, most recently.

What If…? will be Bryan Andrews’ third directorial effort, having helmed episodes of Men in Black: The Series and Jackie Chan Adventures. If that is not enough to convince you that the show is in good hands, he is not alone.

Serving as the head writer of What If…? is A.C. Bradley, who has never collaborated with Marvel Studios before, but does know a thing or two about comic book adaptations, having written an episode of Arrow - formerly of the most popular DC TV shows on The CW. He has also worked as a writer and story editor for the Netflix original animated series Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia and its spin-off 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.

Also working behind the scenes of What If…? are composer Laura Karpman of HBO’s Lovecraft Country fame, head animator Stephen Franck (known for the original 1996 Space Jam, Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, and the Tim Burton produced adventure 9), and, of course, Kevin Feige in the producer’s position. As for the voice cast - well, that is a much longer list.

One of the most exciting things about What If…? is that the same Marvel movie actors who brought these characters to life in live action on the big screen are returning to reprise them on the animated series. At least 20 familiar names are lending their voices to the What If…? cast.

You could honestly throw a dart on a board displaying most names in the Marvel movies cast and likely find one who also has a role on What If...?, including Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Josh Brolin coming back as Thanos, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, and even This is Us’ Chris Sullivan reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 role as Taserface. Speaking of the Guardians, a new reimagining of that story will be featured in what is sure to be a very special and bittersweet episode.

In 2020, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lost one of its most valuable players when Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28. The Black Panther star had been battling colon cancer in private for years, which made his death at only 43 all the more shocking.

While his Academy Award nominated role in the Netflix original movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was recognized as his final performance, the beloved actor’s true curtain call will appear on What If…? Chadwick Boseman voices the titular role from Black Panther in an episode that imagines T’Challa as the one Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) abducts from Earth to become Star-Lord instead of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill.

The What If…? cast is also not without its newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comic that the show is based on is narrated by Uatu, a member of the extra-terrestrial race known as the Watchers who observes Earth and the infinite possibilities that exist throughout the Marvel Multiverse from outer space.

Providing the voice of The Watcher is Jeffrey Wright, making his MCU debut on the animated series, but not his only comic book adaptation, having also been cast in 2022’s The Batman and its upcoming HBO Max spin-off series as Jim Gordon. The 55-year-old actor, who won an Emmy in 2004 for the HBO miniseries Angels in America, has also lent his voice to shows like Netflix’s Bojack Horseman is known for playing Bernard Lowe on Westworld.

It was reported in 2019 that What If…? will produce 23 episodes, each supposedly depicting an alternate narrative for all 23 Marvel movies in order that had been released at that point. Well, with only 10 episodes scheduled to come out in 2021, that prediction just does not add up.

Never fear, as Kevin Feige would confirm in December 2019 that What If…? Season 2 is already being planned as we speak. With the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuing to expand with each new movie and TV show and the endless amount of possibilities that exist in the Marvel Multiverse, I would not be surprised if this show was in it for the long haul.

I have always believed that no streaming service is complete without its own anthology series (like how Netflix has Black Mirror and Hulu has Castle Rock) and I think dipping into their Marvel property was a perfect way to make that a reality for Disney+. As an admirer of anthological storytelling and using the imagination to screw up canonical timelines, I am honestly looking forward to What If…? the most out of all the upcoming Marvel TV shows. Would you agree?

Jason has been writing since he was able to pick up a washable marker, with which he wrote his debut illustrated children's story, later transitioning to a short-lived comic book series and (very) amateur filmmaking before finally settling on pursuing a career in writing about movies in lieu of making them. Look for his name in just about any article related to Batman.

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