Who is the villain in Loki?
Well, we were all so sure that "He Who Remains," a.k.a the dude sitting at the end of time, handing out job opportunities to Sylvie and Loki, is the iconic Marvel villain Kang the Conquerer. He definitely is! ... Nathaniel Richards's comic book story. Esquire.comWho is 'He Who Remains' in Loki Finale? - Immortus MCU Villain Kang Variant Backstory
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
What is next for Marvel?
The Marvels (2022) The film was announced with the title Captain Marvel 2 in December 2020, with the official title, The Marvels, revealed in May 2021. ... The Marvels is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2022. wikipedia.orgMarvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Four
Marvel’s Tom Hiddleston shared his favorite Loki fan theory and buckle up because this one is a doozy. The MCU star sat down to answer fan questions on Tumblr and there were some delightful interactions. It turns out that a meta theory that Loki was actually playing Tom Hiddleston the whole time here on Earth picked up steam. Adalor asked the actor this question not just based on Loki but the entire stint in Marvel Studios movies. Thinking about an Asgardian coming down to our planet to play a charming British actor with all that power is kind of hysterical in a way. It seemed like Hiddleston himself had a bit of a hard time putting it into words. But, he also laughed heartily at the premise and told fans that you can never really tell. Check out his explanation of that wild theory down below.
“Somebody did once tell me that they had heard something about — that they thought that basically Loki was real and living on Earth,” Hiddleston began. “And that he was playing a character called Tom Hiddleston. And that he was playing it very well. So yeah, I thought that was — it’s all very meta and confusing, so you know, maybe I’ll be the last to find out. Who knows?
Loki writer Eric Waldron talked to Marvel.com about all the various fan theories that hypothesized Kang and how the creative team approached the big bad. (Who is actually He Who Remains, rather than the Conqueror that everyone immediately jumped to when the last episode premiered.)
"We knew that we wanted this show to be huge, and we wanted it to really end with a bang and have a huge impact on the MCU moving forward," Waldron told Marvel.com. "Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-traveling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense. I came up with that big multiversal war mythology [in Episode 1] and pitched it out in the room one day to our producers. And they said, yeah, let's go for it. We knew we were going to end up meeting the man behind the curtain. And then it was just on us to make sure that that meeting really delivered."
Loki will return for Season 2.
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19 July, 2021 - 08:45am
The reverberations of Loki's Season 1 finale continue to be felt as speculation runs rampant about what it may mean for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Sylvie slaying He Who Remains, and countless new branches springing from the Sacred Timeline, Kang the Conqueror – a variant of He Who Remains – appears poised to become a major villain. And if what Loki depicted is any indication, Doctor Strange may be the only hero capable of countering him.
The specifics must likely wait until Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or beyond. Kang’s appearance capped Loki's first season, and concrete details likely won’t appear between now and then (although What If…? may hold a surprise or two). Based on what fans know about Kang already, however, only the MCU's Sorcerer Supreme has sufficient experience to face him.
It’s a subtle echo of a surprisingly similar speech from Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War. As the heroes await Thanos on his dead homeworld Titan, Strange uses the Time Stone glimpse into the future: 14 million times. And, as with He Who Remains, he sees only one way forward to avoid catastrophe. The similarities between the two speeches aren't a mistake, and while the comparative differences may be embellished, 14 million is more than 1 million. That suggests Doctor Strange has taken the same journey as He Who Remains, living millions of lives, if only the small piece that takes place during the battle with Thanos.
That makes him key to stopping Kang and whatever the villain may have in store in Phase Four. In simplest terms, he’s the only hero in the MCU with a likely road map, and, thus, the only one with an idea of what tactics Kang might employ in any conflict. He might not necessarily be the one to lead the fight, but any hero who does so will need to consult with Doctor Strange for some idea of how to proceed.
Strange is one of the MCU’s senior heroes as it stands, meaning he will likely play a big role in Phase Four, regardless. But with Kang subtly mirroring his previous established abilities, it’s a good bet that facing him requires the powers only he has demonstrated thus far. The Multiverse of Madness may offer further clues. Until then, no other hero knows what they’re dealing with so clearly.
19 July, 2021 - 07:00am
Marvel’s Disney+ shows are already in a rut. Loki Season 2 might be the solution.
Six more episodes of the God of Outcasts playing around in (and out of) time offers a lot of potential — including the opportunity for the show to finally deal with Marvel’s biggest problem when it comes to its Disney+ properties, Loki included.
Each of the Marvel shows that have run on Disney+ so far — WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and now Loki — share one big flaw: they don’t have any greater purpose beyond serving Marvel’s movie properties. That’s not to say each show doesn’t have a story, but their clear goal is to set things up for a future Marvel movie.
In WandaVision, it’s preparing Wanda to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there’s a twofer of setting Sam up as the new Captain America while also putting a new political game in motion featuring Sharon Carter as the Power Broker and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine as a next-generation Nick Fury. And in Loki… well, there’s a lot, not least of all bringing in Jonathan Majors ahead of his official debut as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
(This is also true of future projects. Ms. Marvel introduces Kamala Khan to the MCU, just in time for her to show up in next year’s The Marvels.)
Unfortunately, outside of putting pieces into play for future projects, there’s not much to say about these Disney+ shows. WandaVision’s impact on the MCU was limited to concepts created for the show (and introducing Monica Rambeau to audiences). Falcon and the Winter Soldier teased an exploration of how the world was impacted by the Blip and what came afterward, but ducked that in favor of rushing through John Walker’s and Sam Wilson’s arcs at such speed that even Bucky Barnes got left behind.
Loki Season 1 was no different.
Loki follows this unfortunate pattern in a lot of ways. It uses a character audiences are already familiar with as an entry point to introduce new characters and concepts you’ll need to know for future movies.
As is also the case with the two earlier shows, Loki offers no closure to the show’s narrative arcs. Nothing in the Season 1 finale really fulfills the purpose of an “ending” to the story that we’ve all been watching to that point — but this is where Season 2 offers some hope of salvation.
Both WandaVision and Falcon/Winter Soldier operate on the rules of a comic book crossover: “If you want to see where this story ends, you have to go to another comic to find out — but look how impressive our shared universe is!”
Given the success of Marvel’s output to date, it’s hard to argue against this strategy, but making it the only approach to these Disney+ shows means missing out on what makes the movies so great: For all their interconnectedness, each one manages to tell a complete story.
Yes, Avengers begins a story that ultimately ends with Avengers: Endgame, but the battle of New York has a satisfying conclusion in its own right. Even Avengers: Infinity War — which ends with an actual cliffhanger — has more of a complete story than WandaVision thanks to the movie placing Thanos and his quest front and center.
Marvel’s Disney+ shows haven’t managed to balance interconnected and standalone just yet, but Loki has the potential to be different, for one simple reason: Loki has nowhere else to be.
We already know the futures of the central characters of both WandaVision and Falcon/Winter Soldier are on the big screen, but that’s not true of Loki. It’s also unlikely we’ll see Sylvie, Mobius, or even the TVA in a movie any time soon. That leaves a lot of material to explore in Loki Season 2, but more excitingly, it leaves plenty of material for the show’s second season to bring to some kind of conclusion, keeping Loki’s story contained to the Loki series in its entirety.
That doesn’t mean that Loki has to disappear after his show is complete. Tom Hiddleston hasn’t been removed from the greater MCU forevermore (we hope). It simply means that Marvel treats Loki in the same way that it does one of its movies, making sure that there’s a destination in mind beyond just Check Out Our Next Movie.
After all, there are only so many times that you can redirect audiences before they realize there’s no final destination and decide to look for a new journey altogether.
18 July, 2021 - 01:16pm
It seems the Multiverse naturally skews towards chaos, and any moment could potentially create a branch in the timeline - even someone simply being late for work. This results in countless alternate timelines, many similar to the prime timeline but some radically different. Unfortunately, in many of these timelines, a single human being would discover the existence of the Multiverse around the 30th century. Some variants of this being were peaceful, but others were conquerors and despots, and soon a Multiversal war threatened to destroy all of creation. One variant acquired an edge over all his other selves, using a creature called Alioth to consume them, and he established the TVA to police the timeline and prevent new branches from being created. Dubbing himself "He Who Remains," this being based himself in a Citadel at the End of Time, monitoring the timeline lest his reign be challenged.
But Loki ended with He Who Remains killed, and a new Multiverse emerging. The story of this Multiversal adventure is expected to continue in Marvel's What If..?, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania, and of course in Loki season 2. But is it possible Marvel has already revealed how their Multiversal tale will end?
There are only two possible ultimate outcomes for a Multiversal war, for any armistice would naturally only be temporary. Either all creation will be destroyed in the conflagration, or one variant of Kang will achieve an edge over the others - Alioth, a weapon that no Kang can defeat but that can apparently be controlled. And when one Kang has destroyed his rivals, he will establish a power base to secure his supremacy and begin destroying other timelines so no more Kangs can ever emerge. In other words, He Who Remains is truly inevitable - and when he finally dies, the Multiverse will emerge again, and it will all happen once more.
This may just be history repeating itself - but, more likely, it is actually an unending cycle of creation and destruction, of natural chaos and human will. That would be perfectly fitting with the backstory of Kang the Conqueror in the comics, for as much as he likes to pretend he has freedom of will, in truth Kang has always been a paradox created by his own time travel, railing against his destiny but unable to change it because he is as much a temporal event as a human being. He Who Remains could even have been aware of this, adding extra meaning to his final words to Sylvie after she had killed him; "I'll see you soon."
Loki star Tom Hiddleston has said he'd love to carry on playing the part for the rest of his life, and such a Multiversal arc would give him the opportunity to continue for years. After all, if the Multiverse is cyclical in nature, then this variant of Loki is a key part of the cycle - instrumental in both its end and its beginning, aware of the existence of Alioth and so potentially a crucial ally for the Kang who triumphs in the end. There would be a certain degree of irony to this because Loki - the God of Mischief, who causes chaos wherever he goes - would in truth be part of a stable cycle, a system created by the chaos of creation and the structure imposed by human will.