This article provides Loki episode six spoilers.
Loki's first season has concluded, and it has profoundly altered the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While its Disney Plus counterpart WandaVision began Phase 4 of the MCU, Loki laid the framework for what was to come in future Marvel productions. The highly anticipated conclusion ended with a big cliffhanger that should be able to flow into all future MCU ventures.
After Iron Man and Captain America left the MCU in Phase 3, many fans questioned where the world would go next. The Multiverse appeared to be the obvious solution, with numerous hypotheses circulating about how Doctor Strange would be responsible for establishing it, given the title of his upcoming standalone film. The Loki conclusion, on the other hand, wonderfully sets everything up, almost as if filling The Void (pun intended) in the MCU.
Tony Stark sacrificed his own life to rescue the planet from Thanos' fury. He acquires all of the Infinity Stones during the final battle with Thanos (or, as the Loki series would call him, a Thanos Variant) and uses them to disintegrate the Mad Titan and his wicked minions at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. Many fans were devastated by his loss, especially because he was the one responsible for establishing the MCU more than a decade ago. Some believed Spider-Man would fill his shoes, but Spider-Man: Far From Home, released in 2019, placed Spidey on the run when his secret identity was discovered.
Following his death, Steve Rogers made a choice that assured him of a one-way ticket out of the MCU. He chooses to return the Stones to their correct time periods and finds up spending his life with the love of his life in one of those timelines. Fans will see an old Rogers at the close of the film as he hands off the famous Cap shield to Sam Wilson. Nobody knows what happens next to him. Of course, fans already know that Wilson goes on to become the new Captain America, as shown in the second Disney Plus series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But he's still not ready to lead The Avengers into war if the situation calls for it, is he?
With two of The Avengers' primary protagonists gone, and several of the other important heroes forging their own paths, such as Thor joining the Guardians, the MCU appeared to be in a bind as to who would lead the next phase and what (or who) he or she would be battling against. When WandaVision first debuted, Marvel fans thought Mephisto would be the next big terrible villain. There were several rumors about the comic book villain eventually making his MCU debut. The same admirers were devastated when it was discovered that it had all been Agatha all along.
Fans had given up hope at this time. This is only the beginning of Phase 4, which comprises a lot of television shows and films. The first three stages were centered on the comic book Infinity Saga, although it took the MCU six years to first introduce Thanos in the movies. Perhaps it was going along the same path as before, bringing forth the supervillain of the following phase much later. But that's when everything changed.
When Jonathan Majors was cast as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, conspiracy rumors erupted. Despite the fact that the film is not set to be released until 2023, fans have discovered a new villain (or a new purpose). When Loki first aired, rumors regarding Majors' presence in the third Disney Plus series began to circulate. The actor refuted the allegations and stated that he will not be reprising his role as Kang in Loki. Some may call that a lie, but he wasn't strictly incorrect.
The major evil of Phase 4 has finally been revealed in Loki's season finale, and it is Kang the Conqueror (the hints were there all along). In Majors' defense, his participation in the series had a different and more spectacular purpose. In the end, he is never referred to as Kang, but rather as He Who Remains, a Variant of Kang who stopped the Multiversal War and formed the Time Keepers to guarantee that no more branching realities are created. While he may appear to be a psychopath (albeit a charming one), the “Kang” that fans meet in the Loki finale does not appear to be all that awful. Is he really the bad guy?
The Loki Variants have all done heinous crimes in their timelines and are all villains in some way. But, after all, what He Who Remains has been doing, which is regulating the holy chronology, maybe for a good cause. Sylvie, on the other hand, doesn't seem to mind and ultimately takes her revenge by killing the man behind the curtain. His death and the development of branching realities at the season's finale foreshadow the coming of the actual Kang, who is sure to cause havoc in the MCU (perhaps it should be referred to as the MCM, aka Marvel Cinematic Multiverse, moving forward.)
The episode altered the whole MCU landscape, and the gap left by Iron Man and Captain America has been filled. The last time anything this huge occurred was when Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped away half of the universe's inhabitants. “If you tamper with time, it tends to mess back,” Stark is heard saying at one point in Avengers: Endgame.
With many universes established in the Loki finale, who knows what additional characters may join the MCU? Phase 4 has officially begun with this single episode. It remains to be seen how much turmoil Loki will wreak in the MCU and how all of the heroes will handle the situation going forward. One thing is certain: Doctor Strange will have his hands full by the time Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits cinemas.
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