No, That Wasn’t Kang the Conqueror in the ‘Loki’ Finale

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When does Loki release?

In Marvel Studios' “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer. Debuts on Disney+ in June 9, 2021. marvel.comLoki (TV Show, 2021) | Cast, Characters, Release Date

Is he who remains a variant of Kang?

While He Who Remains is not a Kang variant in the comics, the character has assumed multiple different identities over the years. The most well-known is likely Immortus, an older version of Kang who assumed this identity after venturing into the realm of Limbo to retire and teach himself how to master time. InverseWho is Kang? 'Loki' Episode 6’s powerful villain, explained

Was that Kang at the end of Loki?

Because the season finale of Loki, which premiered on Disney+ Wednesday morning, blew the entire lid off the Marvel Cinematic Universe's proverbial pickle jar. There's really no right place to start. We learned that Jonathan Majors's Kang the Conquerer was he who remains after all. Esquire.com'Loki' Season 1 Finale Ending, Explained - What the 'Loki' Season1 Finale Means for the Future of the MCU

Loki Director Confirms a Major Shift for the MCU - IGN

IGN 16 July, 2021 - 09:11am

The first season of Marvel's Loki series is over, and anyone that watched the season finale likely understands the implications behind what went down in that episode – but the series' director has confirmed what we had expected: the multiverse is now open. What's a little less clear is whether Kang (or a version of him) will become Marvel Studios' next Thanos-like, multi-movie villain.

Following the finale, Marvel posted an article talking with some of the people behind the series and Loki director, Kate Herron confirmed that the season finale represents a major shift for the MCU.

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

One major question hanging over the MCU (or MCM, if we're digging into the multiverse as a whole) is just how much of a role Loki's newly-introduced antagonist will play in future movies. Despite not being referred to as Kang during the season finale, the character known as He Who Remains essentially said he's a variant of the Kang the Conquerer we'll see more of in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and that if he's killed (spoilers: Sylvie did, in fact, kill him), the multiverse will be cracked wide open. Doing so would pave the way for the infinite amount of Kang variants out there to fight once more in a multiversal war.

While Kang isn't exactly confirmed as the next Thanos of the MCU, Herron alluded to the fact that Kang might be a similar caliber of villain to the Mad Titan.

"It sets the table for future outings with them," Herron said. "It was a massive responsibility and privilege to bring that character to the screen. He's such a different villain to Thanos. I remember what I saw in the outline when I first pitched [to direct the series]."

Herron said she thought it'd be awesome if they could introduce Jonathan Majors' Kang, or at least a variant of him, but she understood that things could change at the drop of a hat. That hat never dropped, though, and she got to introduce Kang to the MCU.

"That's what's so exciting about these TV shows, they are going to interconnect with the movies in a big way," she said. "I found that really exciting, not only as a fan, but just as a filmmaker."

While waiting to see what the MCU's multiverse holds, check out our thoughts on the season finale in IGN's Loki Episode 6 review and then read about how Loki originally included a much bigger cameo for an unexpected character. Check out IGN's breakdown of who He Who Remains, a.k.a. Kang the Conqueror, after that.

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