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Is Loki Season 2 confirmed?

LOKI Season 2 Release Confirmed by Disney+ for 2022: Tom Hiddleston Returns in 6 New Episodes. jimmystirecenters.comWhen Will Loki Season 2 Release

Who was the bad guy 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

'Loki' Director Kate Herron on Introducing the Next Major MCU Villain and the Multiverse [Interview]

/FILM 19 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2021 by Ethan Anderton

Now that the first season of Loki is over, director Kate Herron can finally talk about all the spoilery details that she’s had to keep under wraps.

After the finale debuted on Disney+, we sat down with the filmmaker to talk about the tricky balance between setting up the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and keeping the focus on Loki and Sylvie’s story. Plus, she opens up about introducing Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains, and teases an Easter egg that no one seems to have figured out yet. 

I would say that me and the team were involved in it within our show. [Writer] Michael [Waldron] was writing on our show, but he was also working on Doctor Strange [in the Multiverse of Madness]. He even said in an article that the mess we create he’s having to clean up. I think Marvel is really good at managing, and the thing I love about working with them is that you never feel hindered. For us it was really just about – when I started the job, I always knew that they were going to go to the Citadel, they were going to meet He Who Remains, and the multiverse was going to be released. We didn’t know necessarily that he was going to die or how they were going to release it, but that’s something we found in discussions with the writers in the studio.

For us, that’s why it came back to Loki and Sylvie, because it’s their story. It’s about Loki’s journey, and he’s a character that wants the throne in episode one whereas by the finale, he doesn’t want that. He just wants Sylvie to be okay. I think that was really key for us. What’s launching this is led by the characters’ development we’ve seen across the last six episodes.

We never explored anyone else because I think we just were going to keep – it’s almost like someone that gets fired and just keeps going to work. We’re just going to keep He Who Remains in there until they tell us to take him out. So I think we just always, maybe not fully sure, I guess, but we didn’t have a back-up. We just were like, okay, I hope this is going ahead, and it was. But honestly, the main thing we explored was just how we got there.

I can’t honestly remember all the different ones. I mean, one thing I can remember is that we used to have a big action sequence across the beginning of episode six where they kind of fought their way to He Who Remains’ office. But I think something we found, and this came out of lockdown, was that I’d filmed the majority of episode one when we got shut down, so I was editing episode one. Something that was really key was, it was really riveting, because we have these amazing actors, seeing them have this conversation. I could change pace, and I could keep the energy going through it, and it wouldn’t feel slow, like we need a burst of actual energy here.

For us, it felt like episode five is our massive spectacle. It’s super fun. It’s got a big monster. It’s got all of the kind of crazy comic book references. So it felt like, starting and ending in a conversation, we could just do that. I think, for me, it was way more creepy anyway with them going through this almost abandoned Citadel. It’s like a massive tension build until you meet this character. I think if there was action before that, the energy is lost, right? Then you have to build it up again.

I would say it’s something that Jonathan brought. Obviously, we spoke to him. I sent him loads of art of the TVA with Kevin Wright, our producer. Me and him had lots of conversations with Jonathan really just about the story beforehand and because essentially he is the architect of the TVA. So we really wanted to show him the world he’d built and the rules of the world he’d built, because then he can take inspiration from that on building his own psychology for the character. For me, it was more just about talking to Jonathan about who is this character that’s living alone at the end of time. The only person you get any kind of idea who he might talk to is a talking cartoon clock. It’s like, well, who is this character?

I think there were fun little details that we were all inspired by. Kasra [Farahani], my production designer, he loved the idea that He Who Remains’ office is the only finished part of the Citadel because that’s where he spends all his time, whereas the rest of it he had plans, but he never finished it because he doesn’t go down there, and I think that was really fun.

Also, his costume, for example, that Christine Wada did. She had the genius idea of obviously paying homage to Immortus, and you can see it in his chest piece. But at the same time she liked the idea of playing with the outfit, using ideas from across different centuries to make the outfit because he’s a character that is from across all time, and you couldn’t quite define or pin him down. Then it also has a pajama-like quality to it because he’s at home like so many of us were last year. So I think that was fun as well, just digging into those little details.

With Jonathan, honestly, he’s one of the best actors out there. I think you just know, when you’re directing someone like that, that you just have to give them space to play and have their back. He’s magnificent.

On the train, I think it was an homage… Homage is not the right word, but you know what I mean. It was definitely referencing that. But I think in terms of the planet color in the comics, Lamentis is purple. So that was a happy accident. But we definitely were aware. For us, it was more just wanting to acknowledge it and make it canon and have it in the MCU, which is great.

It’s not for later, but I would say to Marvel fans, you’ll recognize it. If they have a good look at it… It’s from previous tales of Marvel.

The entire first season of Loki is streaming now on Disney+.

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Jonathan Majors Also Played the Time Keepers on LOKI

Yahoo Lifestyle 19 July, 2021 - 09:53am

The final episode of Loki introduced us to one of countless variants of Kang. The character took form as a chatty, well-mannered, Machiavellian diplomat with a proclivity for eating apples painfully slowly. And all his charisma can be thanked to the acting prowess of Jonathan Majors. But as a discussion in Entertainment Weekly has revealed, this wasn’t the only role that Majors played on Loki. As it turns out, he lent his voice to the Time Keepers, the would-be rulers of the TVA.

Loki showrunner Kate Herron told EW that she took advantage of Majors’ talent when casting the unseen Time Keepers.

“Something that was really fun for me was we hadn’t, for example, cast the voice of the Time Keepers yet, because you know Wizard of Oz was an obvious reference of ours. I was like, ‘Oh, let’s get Jonathan to do it, because he’s an amazing character actor,'” she said. “We sent him the art of all the characters and it was really fun [because] he was sending us all of these different voices he could do for each character, which was great.”

You may know Majors for turns in Lovecraft Country or The Last Black Man in San Francisco. If you haven’t seen his previous work, know that He Who Remains is just a taste of his talent; that he provided numerous distinct voices to Loki should only prove that further. We’re excited to see Majors embody Kang full force in Quantumania and, presumably, Loki season two. It was worth waiting on the Conqueror if it meant an actor like Majors bringing him to life.

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We Ranked All 24 Movies In The MCU On The Basis Of Just How Good Or Bad They Were

ScoopWhoop 19 July, 2021 - 09:19am

From its overtly dramatic yet simplistic story to the total nerfing of one of Marvel's strongest villains, the movie achieved it all. What it could not get was good reviews from the audience. 

The movie is canon. So I guess, we have to take that into account. That said, while this film's Hulk was way more savage than Ruffalo, the film lacked a decent plot, downplayed Abomination and tried to do too many things at once. 

There are very roles where James Spader's mysterious voice doesn't do the trick. This was one such film. Again, Marvel tried to recreate the circumstances and the success of the first Avengers film but only managed to replicate the latter.

The film veered unnecessarily into territories that it didn't need. Did they have to establish the SHIELD and introduce Black Widow? Yes. Did they also try to further the MCU too much through this one film? Also yes. The film also sacrifices a lot of its story for its action sequences making it feel like Michael Bay made it while on grass. 

Basically, 3.6 Rontgen. Not good not bad. But it did establish its characters really well, as was its purpose. It was an origin movie after all. 

It's actually quite a fun movie. It actually has a very Christmas movie vibe going and does exceptionally well to introduce the Quantum Realm to the MCU. The only reason it's this low is because 19-14ish are very interchangeable. 

The movie builds up on a lot of cool things like the Mandarin and the million Iron Man suits among other things and then just tells you LOL JK KBAI! And just like that, it's over. 

The film starts off with an interesting premise but all the cool things Dr Strange does actually happens in Infinity War. This is fine because it was an origin movie. But then again, the film nerfs its big bad and instead replaces him with a CGI celestial being, who is supposed to be really powerful but it just doesn't come across that way. 

Pre-serum Steve Rogers just looks weird. He looks like how the dinosaurs from 1994's Jurassic Park look to us right now. The movie sets up his character very well but other than that, it doesn't do much and is generally very vanilla for an action movie. 

All Ant-Man movies are cool, courtesy of Paul Rudd and this ain't any different. It introduces new cool characters and story arcs, while never forgetting that you are in the theatre to watch this movie and not the one it's trying to set up next. 

Again, a very fun and unique movie but what it mostly does is recreate the magic of its predecessors. And it somewhat does. It definitely makes you cry though. Michael Rooker's Yondu is just that good. 

Captain Marvel was advertised as the first female superhero extraordinaire and the film did more than enough to justify that tag. Brie Larson made an amazing Captain Marvel and a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson was also a delight to watch. The only complaint about the film was that its villains were poorly written and lacked motivation. 

The newest release in the MCU gives Natasha Romanoff's death in Endgame so much more perspective. And Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova is a breath of fresh air. BTW, who knew our generation would be thirsting for the chubby Harrison Ford aka David Harbour. 

After being introduced in Civil War, Tom Holland's Spider-Man returns to the street to be the friendly neighbourhood guy. Holland's portrayal of a teenage Peter Parker is very different from Tobey Maguire. That said, it is honest and a little more childish and way more fun. 

Following up Endgame was a massive risk for the film, but that's exactly what makes this film so good. Far from Home doesn't ignore the events of its predecessors. In fact, uses Peter's connection to the past to set up the building blocks of the new Avengers. 

The movie was released at a point where the MCU perhaps felt a little stale. So came these guys. And let's be honest. Nobody expected them to go as big as they did. I mean, who knew a talking racoon would be so much fun? 

Ragnarok is what changed the Thor franchise, a franchise that had seemed to have run out of options. Taika Waititi's indie sensibilities and his personality seemed to have bled into the film and it shows. And even with all that going on, it still establishes Thor as a true adversary to the upcoming threat in Infinity War

The movie that started it all, Iron-Man literally kicked off the genre into the stratosphere. The story was grounded, the acting was honest and Robert Downey Jr. was so charismatic he could have been the devil and we would have never known. 

The world had never come together like it did when this film was released. Nerds all over the world had spent decades in agony and inside lockers waiting to see their favourite superhero team. But the news on Justice League was sketchy back then. So we got The Avengers. And it delivered. The success of the film meant that the genre was here to stay and the stakes had just gotten higher.  

It must have been difficult to follow Winter Soldier for this film series but boy, do they come close! The fight between Iron Man and Captain America goes from being a purely moral conflict to one that gets very personal very soon. Add every other superhero except Thor and Hulk to the list and we actually almost had an Avengers film. 

Arguably the most culturally significant comic book movie of all time, Black Panther inspired people like no movie before had. It was an epic story and the individual performances stood out to make the film even better. From the Late Chadwick Bossman's T'Challa to Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger, everyone was so perfect in the film. 

The grand finale to 10 years of filmmaking. There has never been anything of this scale ever made in cinema before. This movie brought an end to the story it took 22 movies to tell. And it did more. It gave everyone who has been following the MCU a certain closure. 

I had half a mind to put this at numero uno just because this was such a unique superhero film. It was more like Mission Impossible meets The Terminator. And it definitely is the coolest movie made in the MCU. This movie also proved to the world that there are no specific formulae to making superhero movies. The action scenes were also so cool that they instantly made Steve Rogers an OP character. 

First of all, it must have taken some nerve to tell the story of one of the biggest events in comic book history from the point of view of the bad guy. This made him more complex and established him as an invincible force. And the movie ends in heartbreak, which is not usual for the MCU. Plus, the hype around this film was so great that on the first day of release, it felt like there were crowds waiting to watch Football matches outside theatres. 

Of course, you can disagree on the ranking. Just don't call me a piece of crap over this. They don't know you exist. 

She-Hulk TV show has cast its villain – and it's a smashing choice

TechRadar 19 July, 2021 - 03:58am

Marvel's What If...?, Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel are all set to land on the streamer sometime in 2021, while three other TV series are due to arrive next year.

One of those 2022=scheduled shows is She-Hulk, which will star Tatiana Maslany as the titular character. Now, after last month's rumors, She-Hulk finally knows who her adversary will be – and it's a smashing choice in our view.

In June, various outlets (TechRadar included) reported that Jameela Jamil (The Good Place, Duck Tales) had been hired to play Titania in Marvel's She-Hulk.

Taking to her official TikTok account (the video was also posted on her Twitter account), Jamil revealed that she would portray Titania in Marvel's She-Hulk.

In footage set to Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, Jamil can be seen training for the role with some stunt coordinators. At the end of the video, Jamil confirms that she'll "fight her way through the MCU, coming to you in 2022!" alongside the hashtag #SheHulk.

GAH! I’ve peaked in silliness. I’m so excited! 💚 #Marvel #MCU #SheHulk #AnythingIsPossible pic.twitter.com/9KQT2VOhPhJuly 16, 2021

While Jamil expressed her joy at joining the MCU, fans will know that Marvel's Phase 4 slate (and potentially beyond) will explore the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM) as a result of Loki season 1's ending.

The arrival of the MCM will make for intriguing viewing. We already know that upcoming Marvel movies, such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2, will explore the multiverse in more detail, but it's likely that the multiverse will also affect Marvel's forthcoming TV slate.

Marvel's She-Hulk could be one of those series that feels the effects of the multiverse's arrival. We're aware that Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Tim Roth's Abomination will be part of She-Hulk's supporting cast and, given that we've seen them in the MCU already, it isn't surprising that they'll feature, particularly with the duo having comic book ties to She-Hulk.

However, Titania's arrival may differ from her fellow gamma-infused superheroes and supervillains.

While Titania – real name Mary MacPherran – exists in the same universe as She-Hulk in the comics, Marvel Studios could introduce her as a villain from another dimension in the multiverse, just like Spider-Man: No Way Home's Doc Ock and Electro will reportedly be.

This is speculation on our part, but Titania's arrival from another universe would allow the multiverse to impact Marvel's TV show lineup just as much as its upcoming films. 

Marvel can't expect fans to watch the multiverse unfold in its movies but not its TV series – it can't separate the two from one another, especially when the events of its films and TV shows will be intrinsically linked.

Our opinion? Titania is a villain from another universe who, after being transported to the MCU and learning of She-Hulk's superhuman abilities, sees herself as the individual to a potentially worthy foe in She-Hulk.

It'll be a while before we find out if our prediction is correct. She-Hulk is currently filming and isn't slated to arrive until some time in 2022. What we do know is that the series will consist of 10 episodes of 30 minutes each, and that it'll be a legal drama series with plenty of comedy elements.

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