The second season of Loki is in the books, seemingly placing an finish to the story of Tom Hiddleston’s Norse god of mischief, cheekbones, and really massive hats.
In the closing moments of the finale, “Superb Function,” followers are handled to a glimpse of a kinder, gentler Time Variance Authority – one the place everyone seems to be valued, no matter whether or not or not they’re a attractive killer robotic. It’s a extra relaxed office, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a office, and there’s enterprise to take care of. When the topic of He Who Stays variants comes up, we study that there was some hubbub from one such rabble rouser in an “Earth-616 adjoining realm.”
If that sounds ominous, you don’t know the half of it: The staff is referring to Kang the Conqueror – extra particularly, the Kang the Conqueror from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. See? Quantumania components into this. I advised you issues had been going to be tough.
The “Earth-616 adjoining realm” that they’re speaking about is the Quantum Realm, a kind of extra-extra-extra-small pocket universe dangling off the facet of the world of the MCU, like a pores and skin tag made out of actuality and almost-finished CGI. Followers of Quantumania will already remember that the film’s predominant antagonist was one other Kang variant. This one had an analogous aim to the one which He Who Stays liked a lot: Preserving all of the different Kangs minding their very own enterprise. He’d been banished to the Quantum Realm by all of his different selves, on account of how he was the finest and coolest Kang. The King Kang. They had been in all probability simply jealous.
The dying of Quantumania’s Kang at the finish of the film positive appeared prefer it was designed to incite a full-on multiversal Kang rebellion – the kind of factor that He Who Stays stored saying would finish the complete multiverse. A mid-credits scene even featured a cavalcade of Kang variants like Immortus and Rama Tut filling up a Kang stadium, training all of their silliest voices, and champing at the bit for some good, old school conquering. Primarily based on the finish of Loki, although, it looks as if all the pieces is chill now. Perhaps Loki fastened all the pieces by making time right into a tree. Perhaps Kang’s gonna Kang, and he’s nonetheless on the market in the ether, cackling quietly to himself as a result of this was all a part of the plan all alongside. Perhaps, in mild of latest occasions, Marvel Studios is nonchalantly whistling and backing away from any plots that includes load-bearing Johnathan Majors. Time will inform.