No, That’s Not Kang the Conqueror in the ‘Loki’ Finale

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Will there be another episode of Loki?

Thankfully, yes. Disney+ has officially renewed Loki for a second season. The streaming service revealed the exciting news during the finale's end credits, when a case file was marked with a stamp saying, "Loki will return in season 2." ELLE.com'Loki' Season 2 Release Date, News, Cast, Spoilers, Trailer

What happened at the end of Loki Episode 6?

The episode ends with a pan shot from a confused and worried looking Loki to a big statue at the TVA, where the three Time Keepers stood earlier. Now, there's just one statue – of He Who Remains, in the avatar of Kang the Conqueror, presumably the new super villain of Marvel's Phase 4. The Indian ExpressLoki Episode 6 recap: Tom Hiddleston show introduces new supervillain in cliffhanger finale

What happened at end of Loki?

Ending of 'Loki' Season 1 finale, explained Loki finds himself at the Time Variance Authority office again. ... After running through the library, Loki stumbles upon Mobius and Hunter B-15. He confesses what happened to him, Sylvie and He Who Remains at the end of time and urges them to prepare for a coming war. Deseret News‘Loki’: What happens at the end? The ending, explained

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

Sylvie and Loki prepare to step into the Citadel at the End of Time.

Loki's time-hopping adventure reached its end Wednesday, with the sixth and final episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe show landing on Disney Plus. The season finale, entitled For All Time, Always, picks up with God of Mischief Variants Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) after they uncovered the path to the castle hideout of the mastermind behind the Time Variance Authority. It also leaves us with a little post-credits scene to hint at Laufeyson's MCU future.

Separately, former TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) returned to his old workplace, determined to reveal the truth that he and his former co-workers are all Variants who were snatched from their old lives and had their memories erased. It's unclear if TVA Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) will help or hinder Mobius in his quest.

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Let's dodge the SPOILER Variance Authority and dive in one last time (or maybe not).

Stepping into the Citadel at the End of Time, Loki and Sylvie meet He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), who appears to be a version of time-hopping comic villain Kang the Conqueror. We already knew this guy is meant to make his MCU debut in February 2023 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Since he's never referred to as Kang in this episode, it seems like the Kang has yet to appear. He Who Remains claims to be the last survivor of a multiversal war that broke out when multiple versions of him made contact after the multiverse was discovered in the 31st century.

He Who Remains explains the 31st century multiverse war.

He tamed and weaponized Alioth, using the trans-temporal being to end the war (presumably by gobbling up the other timelines). To stop it happening again, he created the TVA to manage the Sacred Timeline.

"Once I isolated our timeline, all I had to do was manage the flow of time and prevent any further branches,' He says. "Hence, the TVA. Hence, the Time-Keepers and a highly efficient bureaucracy. Hence, ages and ages of cosmic harmony. Hence, you're welcome."

He Who Remains presents himself as benevolent, but Sylvie rightly points out that his approach results in countless innocent Variants and timelines getting pruned. However, he implies that his own Variants are "far worse."

The timeline dictator presents them with a choice -- kill him and let multiversal war break out again, or Loki and Sylvie take his place. He's lived a million lifetimes and has become tired (despite looking very fresh-faced indeed).

In the comics, Kang is a baddy from the 31st century who's faced off against the Avengers many times (and in many incarnations) since his '60s debut.

It's unclear what kissing your alternate timeline self is called.

Loki and Sylvie have a pretty epic fight over He Who Remains' fate, with the latter coming out on top (after a little Variant kissy time). She flings Loki back to the TVA and slays He Who Remains, which lets the timeline branch like crazy -- apparently letting many versions of Kang run amok across the multiverse.

"See you soon," He says creepily before his death. 

I wonder which one includes Willem Dafoe Green Goblin?

Their influence is soon made apparent in the TVA, when Loki tries to warn best bud agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) about the threat. 

"Someone is coming. Countless different versions of a very dangerous person," he tells them. "And they're all set on war. We need to prepare."

However, they can't remember Loki, and he turns to see a statue of Kang wearing his comic costume towering over the TVA -- it seems the God of Mischief has been sent to a different timeline's version of the agency, one that a Kang Variant is openly controlling. And he's told his agents to let the timeline branch.

Oh hey, the TVA got a new statue.

This presumably leads directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is due out March 2022, and ties into the WandaVision finale, where Wanda heard her lost sons calling out from some plain of reality -- her search is likely to continue in the Doctor Strange sequel. Loki is also expected to show up in that movie.

It also most likely kicks open the doors for What If…? to slot into canon. The animated series, which kicks off on Disney Plus on Wednesday, Aug. 11, explores alternate realities based on events playing out differently in the MCU. And maybe, just maybe, it'll tear down the walls between realities for Spider-Man: No Way Home.

And it may have made the Deadpool-Korg Free Guy reaction video possible. It's all canon now.

"Um, Mr. Laufeyson, your case file says you've gotta do another season. Good luck."

A stamp hits Loki's TVA case file, revealing that "Loki will return in season 2" -- the timeline tomfoolery will continue

It's the first Disney Plus live-action MCU show to be confirmed for another season, since WandaVision was designed as a miniseries and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's story will reportedly pick up in the next Captain America movie. So, congratulations Laufeyson.

Beyond the live-action shows, the animated What If…? will also get a second season

When Loki and Sylvie arrive in the Citadel, Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) appears with the most sinister "Hey y'all" in history. Turns out she was a puppet for He Who Remains all along.

She brings them an offer: They can be reinserted back into the Sacred Timeline "in a way that won't disrupt things." Instead of suffering so many humiliating defeats, Loki can beat the Avengers at the Battle of New York, kill Thanos, take the Infinity Gauntlet and seize the Throne of Asgard. Sylvie can forget all her time on the run from the TVA and "wake up tomorrow with just a lifetime of happy memories."

The Variant pair could be together on the timeline, the TVA mascot claims, but they reject it. Probably a wise move -- they'd probably have been dropped in front of murder cloud Alioth and gotten eaten up together (RIP Classic Loki).

Miss Minutes also gives Ravonna some files to read, likely setting up He Who Remains' backup plan in case Loki and Sylvie kill him. Another good idea.

OG Mobius confronts Ravonna in her office, but she easily avoids getting pruned and overpowers him. She rejects his offer to rebuild the TVA into something better, and vanishes into a time portal to an unknown destination.

We also discover that Ravonna's pre-TVA life was as the principal of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School -- previously hinted at by the presence of a pen from the school in her TVA office. The Ohio State University diploma hanging above her desk reveals her name to be Rebecca Tourminet. The original Hunter B-15 leads a group of Minutemen to Rebecca's office in 2018, proving that all the TVA workers are Variants.

The renegade TVA agents prepare for their new reality (realities?).

In the comics, Rebecca Tourminet was an alias used by Ravonna. That version of the character is also romantically involved with Kang.

It seems like we get one last glimpse at these versions of Mobius and B-15 at the TVA, as they watch the timelines split and go beyond the red line on a monitor. The pair agree that there's "no turning back."

"For all time," says Mobius, leaving B-15 to finish the agency motto. "Always."

We also hear the 1945 song It's Been a Long, Long Time (specifically the Harry James Orchestra version, with vocals by Kitty Kallen), which you might remember Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter dancing to in their alternate timeline marital bliss at the end of Avengers: Endgame, and Kylie Minogue's 1987 debut single I Should Be So Lucky. Oh look, it's the glorious '80s.

Loki's Disney Plus adventure is done for now, but there's plenty more Marvel coming in 2021. Next up on the streaming service is What If…? on Wednesday, Aug. 11, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hitting theaters on Sept. 3.

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'Loki' Fans Can't Handle That Wild Season Finale Ending

TheWrap 14 July, 2021 - 07:12am

Everybody’s got big feelings about Loki and Sylvie’s big moment — and they’re concerned how Doctor Strange is going to deal with the big multiverse news

The season finale of “Loki” lit late-night Twitter on fire Tuesday night after it dropped at midnight PT. We knew some big stuff was on the way — the Season 2 renewal wasn’t super surprising — but we didn’t know it would be quite like this.

Here’s the short version, just to help frame the fan responses below. In the “Loki” finale we meet He Who Remains, a man who lives in that castle at the end of time. He’s played by Jonathan Majors, who we’ve reported will play Kang the Conqueror in the MCU. But this probably isn’t Kang himself; just another variant of Kang’s original identity, Nathaniel Richards.

Also Loki and Sylvie kissed, but we’ll circle back to that later.

Basically, what we get in this episode is a lot like when Neo meets the Architect at the end of “The Matrix Reloaded.” Richards has brought Loki and Sylvie to the end of time because he thinks they should replace him as the custodian of the timeline. Or, he says, they can finish their mission and kill him, allowing a multiverse to form that will eventually cause the different universes to war with each other.

We see the multiverse in full effect in the last scene of the finale, when Loki returns to the TVA and tries to tell Mobius what happened — but Mobius doesn’t even know who Loki is, and the TVA now has a big statue of Richards where the Time-Keeper statues used to be. Things are changing, probably for the worse. We’ve got a deeper, spoiler-filled discussion of that ending here.

We don’t know exactly how all this multiverse stuff will unfold from here with “Shang Chi” and “Eternals” up next on the film slate, but we do know that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will get into it with multiple Spider-Men in December, and the next “Doctor Strange” movie is literally subtitled “The Multiverse of Madness.” It’s safe to say Strange is gonna have his hands full when that movie comes out next May, and the fans are already worried about him.

Pena eu tenho é do Doctor Strange após essa finale de #Loki pic.twitter.com/v9Bfhofwyp

But that ending wasn’t the only thing that had fans in a tizzy after the “Loki” finale. After way too much speculation about whether Loki and Sylvie would hook up (even though they’re the same person), they do finally kiss — but only because Sylvie is trying to distract him while they fight over whether they should kill Richards. The trick works, and she wins the fight.

Even though her reasons weren’t exactly sincere, fans couldn’t help but have an emotional response to the kiss. They weren’t generally, uh, happy reactions.

There was a lot of that on Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But beyond the kiss, the reactions were generally positive. One particular part of the episode that apparently sparked quite a few feelings was the opening bit before the “Loki” title card.

THE INTRO WITH THE OVERLAPPING VOICES #Loki pic.twitter.com/EGgH6Sge5V

me after watching and hearing all the marvel quotes in loki's intro: #Loki pic.twitter.com/Laty4KmLvQ

The MCU will barrel ahead for the remainder of 2021. There are three more movies on the slate — “Shang Chi,” then “Eternals,” then “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” And on Disney+ we’ll have “What If…,” which is probably going to give us a look at some of these new alternate universes that Sylvie just created, and then the “Ms. Marvel” and “Hawkeye” series, the latter of which will follow up with Yelena from “Black Widow.”

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