Marvel's Loki director addresses finale villain's true identity

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Who is he who remains in Marvel Comics?

Alone in the Citadel at the End of Time in the Temple of Sleepers, He Who Remains is the last director of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). He creates and guards the Time-Keepers, a trio of beings who are fated to survive the end of eternity known as The Cataclysm. marvel.comHe Who Remains Powers, Enemies, History

In the episode, Loki, Sylvie and the rest of us met 'He Who Remains', a mysterious character played by Lovecraft Country's Jonathan Majors.

It had been rumoured for a long time that Majors would be playing comic book villain Kang the Conqueror and now many people are referring to the Loki character as Kang, even though that name was never uttered.

And He Who Remains is itself a character from Marvel Comics. So is this a Kang created from various Marvel characters?

Herron also discussed the show's finale this week, saying Loki "is a changed character by the end" and they got the ending they wanted for him.

"We wanted to end Loki's story well, but also there's this cliffhanger of, 'Where's he going to go?'" Herron explained. "It was an ending that we all knew we wanted... that the multiverse would be born and open again, and here he goes."

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Why Loki's Season 1 Finale Was Disappointing (But Still Worked)

Screen Rant 17 July, 2021 - 03:10am

Loki season 1 finale has been criticized for being a let down, but despite some issues, it ultimately works for the story the show is telling and the broader MCU. After WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios wrapped up its third Disney+ series that focuses on the God of Mischief. The six-episode project sends the trickster on a new adventure where he carves his own path separate from his brother, Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Kicked off by his escape in the botched New York leg of Avengers: Endgame's time heist, Loki finds himself captured by the Time Variance Authority/TVA. It's an organization that safeguards the Sacred Timeline in an effort to prevent another multiversal war. Supposedly created by the Time-Keepers, it enlists the help of Loki to hunt down a female variant of himself, Sylvie (Sophia di Martino), who has been leaving trails of dead Minutemen. But, once the pair get together, the Asgardian Prince learns that his hunch about the TVA not being what it seems turned out to be true. So, together with Sylvie, they decide to get to the bottom of the mystery by tracking down who really is behind the whole operation.

After weeks of building its story, Loki episode 6 delivered on its promise by unveiling the being who created the TVA. Thanks to the help of some of their allies like Agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), as well as other variants like Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) and Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Loki and Sylvie found He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors). Essentially a version of Kang the Conqueror, he revealed to have created the organization in an effort to prevent his other selves from wreaking havoc. Sylvie wasn't impressed, however; she forcefully pushed Loki back into the TVA, going ahead with killing He Who Remains. The events of this whole encounter led to the MCU's multiverse being unleashed.

Furthermore, throughout that journey in the actual finale, the God of Mischief's actions were mostly dictated by what Sylvie wanted to do. By the time he stood up to her after disagreeing on how to handle the information about the real importance of the TVA, he couldn't do anything to convince her. She had made up her mind and couldn't be swayed by any means, including Loki physically fighting her. In the end, Sylvie bested and forced him out of the situation - sidelining him from the core story, for all intents and purposes. At that point, she became the Loki the series was about. And from there, he was deemed insignificant for the events that followed, except for the clear set-up for Loki season 2 once he returned to the TVA.

Bringing back the villainous, 2012 version of Loki for the series, particularly after Loki died by Thor's side in defiance to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, there was a sense that Marvel was retreading on the past. But that couldn't be further from the truth, seeing as the series offered Loki a proper road to self-discovery and redemption, one that wasn't fully explored on the big screen. So starting with a pre-redeemed version of the character who was still convinced the universe owed him something, Loki transformed him into an empathetic, cooperative, and good-willed being. His personal redemption was reflected in Loki's overall storytelling. Instead of vying for attention, control, and power, becoming someone who could turn down wielding the Infinity Stone and becoming the king of Asgard was truly an achievement for him. He finally found his glorious purpose - it just had nothing to do with power. In the end, it was accepting his place in the grand scheme of things, even knowing that it meant him not being at the forefront of the story.

And because of Loki's attraction to Sylvie, he was more than willing to follow her lead. Given that, it made sense that at the end of the show, it's her personal arc that gets a proper resolution. Sylvie successfully killed He Who Remains, and that's what only mattered to her, regardless of the bigger implications of his death. To an extent, this wasn't necessarily a problem since the show is called Loki. Even though Sylvie doesn't go by that name anymore, she is a Loki variant, just like the series' main Loki. Regardless of who was leading the story, the title wasn't lying as long as that person was still a Loki variant. It helps that Sylvie captivated audiences, because otherwise, there would've been more backlash for the sudden shift in the narrative.

Loki, on the other hand, is being criticized for sidelining its main character and choosing to lay the groundwork for what's to come in the franchise, setting up multiple movies and shows instead of bringing Loki's journey to a proper end. Unlike WandaVision, the way Loki ended made sense for its overall story with the multiverse. There were no red herrings (something that WandaVision was accused of having one too many of) and every storytelling promise was delivered one way or another, though perhaps more subtly than expected. However, it didn't help that the final episode was mostly about the MCU's history and future villain.

Meanwhile, one of the biggest issues with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's finale was the fact that it didn't give Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) his due. His personal arc with Yori Nakajima (Ken Takemoto) felt rushed when it was set to be the emotional anchor of his journey. Now, this could be rectified in a second season, but Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce whether or not this will happen, or reveal where Bucky's story goes next. Meanwhile, Loki season 2 is already confirmed, giving viewers hope that pushing aside its main character in the finale doesn't really mean much since his story isn't over yet. Plus, with reports that Loki may soon find himself on the big screen again, it seems his new story is only just beginning, which is why the season 1 ending didn't need to feel like an actual ending - unlike the previous two Marvel series. 

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‘Loki’ finale might’ve turned ‘Endgame’ into a huge lie

Yahoo Entertainment 16 July, 2021 - 12:17pm

Loki will make you see everything in a completely different light. Even Avengers: Endgame has now drastically changed. Loki turned it into a big “lie” — and that is amazing news. Before we explain the Loki ending and its relationship to Endgame, we’ll give you the customary warning that big spoilers lie ahead.

When looking at the massive revelations in previous Loki episodes, I told you that Loki might have uncovered Marvel’s biggest lie from Endgame: the Infinity Stones are the foundation of reality. They need to exist to keep reality in check. Even after Thanos destroyed them in Endgame, the Stones still exist as cosmic dust.

But then came Loki and we found out that TVA agents use the Infinity Stones as paperweights around the office. They have no powers while at the TVA. They’ve been extracted from timelines that might be pruned. We wondered at the time whether some realities lack Infinity Stones because of various Nexus events. We had no idea early in Loki how many realities are contained in the Sacred Timeline.

The Loki ending clarified all the multiverse rules beautifully. The Sacred Timeline is only one. It’s the one the mostly-good version of Kang (Jonathan Majors) allowed to exist. Under his micromanagement of time, the TVA ensured the Sacred Timeline lived on and that no significant branches passed the point of no return. The TVA pruned everything to ensure a particular sequence of events. Even Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) reaching Kang’s office was a carefully orchestrated event. It’s a formidable thing that the two reached Kang’s castle, but it’s all because of Kang’s doing.

The minute Kang relinquishes control, the Sacred Timeline starts branching off. And the whole thing is so fast that it might lead to the beautiful dance with Steve and Peggy in Endgame. That event happens in an alternate reality, one that Kang wouldn’t have allowed to co-exist with the main Sacred Timeline.

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Endgame is Marvel’s best MCU work yet, the culmination of more than a decade of superhero stories. Its legacy is tremendous, as the events in Endgame will impact everything in Phase 4.

But now that we saw the Loki finale, we realize that everything in Endgame is a big lie — for the audience. The Avengers were never in any real danger of losing. Sure, some of them had to die to beat Thanos (Josh Brolin). But Thanos was never going to prevail.

No matter what, Kang was in complete control of everything. That one future where the Avengers beat Thanos — the one Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) saw in Infinity War — is Kang’s version of the Sacred Timeline. Strange might have seen alternate possibilities, branches of reality that the TVA would probably prune. It was this particular turn of events that would go forward.

For the characters, the events they experienced in the MCU until Endgame are very real. The stakes were very real. The danger was imminent. They had no idea if they’d win or lose. And they’d have to endure five years of grueling torment after Infinity War. The Loki finale won’t change any of that.

As far as the Avengers are concerned, the Infinity Stones are still the biggest power in the universe. Even if they’re gone in this reality. But we, the audience, know better than that. It’s Kang’s ability to control and twist time, to harness the power of Alioth, that’s the biggest threat in the MCU.

From now on, we won’t have to care about Infinity Stones any longer. We won’t have to worry about Marvel reusing them to move the plot forward towards another Endgame. Loki practically ensures that the Infinity Stones are history. The only thing we need to worry about after that great Loki ending is Kang.

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‘Loki’ Director & EP Kate Herron Says She’s Not Returning For Season 2

Deadline 16 July, 2021 - 11:25am

EXCLUSIVE: Loki, Sylvie and He Who Remains’ variants will be coming back for Season 2 of Marvel’s Loki, but EP and director Kate Herron, who has been a force behind the project, says she will not be.

“I’m not returning,” the UK filmmaker told Deadline in an interview this morning. “I always planned to be just on for this, and to be honest, Season 2 wasn’t in the — that’s something that just came out, and I’m so excited. I’m really happy to watch it as a fan next season, but I just think I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all. I’m working on some other stuff yet to be announced.”

Will she be involved with another Marvel movie? “No, I’m just focused on my own stuff at the moment. I love Marvel and I’d love to work with them again, but my outing with Loki is what I’ve done with them.”

Marvel has not given out any information on Season 2 aside from the end-credits placard at the end of the finale.

As far as teases for Season 2, Herron isn’t privy to any details. Also, it’s not clear yet whether Loki’s second season would debut before or after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; which is where Jonathan Majors’ big bad baddie Kang the Conqueror — introduced in the Loki season finale — has a big role.

Herron pitched her vision to Marvel brass and notched the job to direct Loki‘s first season, complete with her casting choices and Blade Runner and Minority Report being stylistic influences on the series. Here’s our podcast interview with Herron from Episodes 1 & 2.

Deadline had asked Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2012 soon after the $1.5 billion grossing success of The Avengers whether or not he’d be back for its sequel and he said at the time he remained “undecided.” He ultimately changed his mind and wound up directing Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

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