The 'Loki' Season Finale Features the First MCU Character Previously Owned by Fox

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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 day is Loki released?

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

Who was the guy in Loki Episode 6?

Loki and Sylvie enter the citadel at the end of time, where they find an eccentric, apple-munching man in lordly robes. The actor who plays the scientist known as He Who Remains is Jonathan Majors. CNETLoki episode 6 reveals the MCU's next big villain: What it means

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When Disney gobbled up Fox (like it gobbled up Marvel and Lucasfilm and will gobble up your soul), the possibility of the X-Men and Fantastic Four joining the MCU suddenly became more probable, if not an outright inevitability. Fans were excited about the prospect, and we now know that Marvel Studios has a new Fantastic Four movie in the pipeline. However, the season finale of Loki (now streaming on Disney+) featured a character who made their first-ever appearance in a Fantastic Four comic.

Not counting the mutant speedster Quicksilver — who appeared in both Fox’s X-Men films and Marvel’s Avengers-related movies and TV shows — this is the first official in-canon MCU character to be owned exclusively by Fox before its acquisition by Disney. To talk about who the character is, we’ll need to delve into spoilers for the latest episode of Loki, so proceed at your own risk.

Then you know that major baddie Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character made his debut in the season finale of Loki, episode 6, “For All Time. Always.” He’s had several different aliases and identities in the comics and we explored some of those in our breakdown of his bombshell appearance on Loki.

One small correction on that article: as noted by one of our eagle-eyed commenters, Nathaniel Richards was the father, not the grandfather, of Reed Richards, AKA Mr. Fantastic, the leader of the Fantastic Four. It’s Franklin Richards, Reed’s super-powered son, we were thinking of there as Nathaniel’s grandson.

Confused? Well, that’s comics history for you: even Marvel needs in-house continuity experts to keep track of all their characters with convoluted backstories and branching family trees. Speaking of which …

Kang is an Avengers villain who has played a prominent role in comic book stories like Avengers Forever. Yet he made his first appearance as “King Rama-Tut” way back in 1963 in Fantastic Four #19. It wasn’t until a year later that he adopted the Kang name and started tangoing with the Avengers. Back in 2015, Tech Times noted that he was off-limits to Marvel Studios because, as a movie character, he was owned by Fox.

Fox didn’t just hold the movie rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. It also held the rights to all their ancillary characters, such as Deadpool, who is not technically an X-Man but does inhabit his own meta corner of the X-universe. The Merc with a Mouth recently made an informal debut of sorts in the MCU when he appeared with Korg, Taika Waititi’s rocky Thor: Ragnarok alien, in a promotional ad for the new Ryan Reynolds film, Free Guy.

In comics, there’s a precedent for retroactive continuity, or “retcons,” whereby present tales seek to reframe past ones in a different light. With Loki‘s finale, Deadpool is now joined by Kang, as Marvel Studios goes about absorbing and retconning movies made by other studios like Fox and Sony into a shared multiverse. Marvel may not yet own the exclusive movie rights to every character, but in the minds of fans, they may now get to coexist as alternate-reality extensions of the same continuity.

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Why Mobius’s Final Scene in LOKI Season 1 Changed Everything

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He Who Remains told Sylvie what would happen if she killed him. It just didn’t end the way he thought it would. Sylvie’s dagger set off another Multiversal War. However, in this timeline, a different version of that 31st-century scientist won. If time had repeated itself, the TVA would have been exactly the same as before. He Who Remains would have won the war and the animatronic Time Keepers would become the face of the TVA. Unlike the Kang Variant we meet, the new Variant does not keep his identity hidden. The Time Keeper statues from the so-called “sacred” timeline are gone, and his likeness now adorns the Time Variance Authority’s interior.

Not everything about this new time loop is different though. Mobius and Hunter B-15 still work at the TVA. Their concern over the branching timeline showed these different versions—whether they know they are Variants or not—-also care about maintaining the Sacred Timeline. The triumph of the TVA’s new ruler, likely Kang the Conqueror, have changed some things at the agency, but not everything. And not in any significant ways we have seen yet.

The TVA exists outside of time though. It’s not yet clear whether a new winner in the Multiversal War has also changed events within time. The past, present, and future of the MCU might be altered in this new timeline. Possibly in big ways. Possibly in small ways. Or not at all. However, even with the creation of a new, different timeline, it’s hard to imagine Marvel would decide everything that happened before no longer counts. Or that past events have fundamentally changed. It would completely wipe away 13 years of storytelling. At most, any alterations would likely be minor. Except for one that seems to have already happened. Mobius’s reaction in that final scene suggests Loki Variants are no longer a problem.

Owen Wilson’s Mobius still works as an analyst in the new timeline. Yet, he has no idea what a Loki is. Nor does he recognize the name or the face of Prime Loki. In the old timeline, the TVA dealt with countless Lokis all the time. Mobius studied them; he knew them intimately. It’s why he believed in Tom Hiddleston Loki 2.0. But the new Mobius confuses Loki for a fellow analyst from another division. The God of Mischief shouldn’t be worried his friend Mobius doesn’t recognize him personally. He should be worried Mobius doesn’t recognize any Loki.

Does this mean Lokis never existed in this new timeline? Almost certainly not. That would mean the Avengers never formed. Loki’s invasion and the Battle of New York brought the team together. Of all the storylines Marvel wouldn’t change, that’s the biggest. But the God of Mischief still could have existed in this timeline without the TVA being aware of him. His Variants might have never caused nexus events. Without a nexus event the Sacred Timeline never branches. And they don’t need to be dealt with. (Or Kang, recognizing the threat Loki Variants posed to his rule, might have done Loki pruning himself.)

Meanwhile, Prime Loki’s story could have happened and ended where it was supposed to. At the hands of Thanos. That wouldn’t change anything about the MCU’s past while still changing its future.

If Thanos killed Prime Loki, and none of his Variants ever lived past that moment, that means the universe has only two Lokis left. The duo He Who Remains wanted to hand his kingdom to. They’re also two of the only people in the entire universe who might even know about the old timeline at all.

Loki Variants always caused the TVA and the Sacred Timeline problems. Now, the last two Gods of Mischief might be the only hope of saving both.

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