The end of the first season of Loki Not only did it open the door to the Marvel Multiverse, but it also served as a presentation for which everything indicates that it will be the great villain of the franchise, the character called to fill the position that Thanos left vacant.
The sixth chapter of the series starring Hiddleston solved many of the unknowns sown throughout the first season, but also laid the foundations for what the MCU will be like from now on and under what conditions the Avengers will have to fight against this new enemy.
After defeating Alioth in the fifth episode, Loki and Sylvie saw that there was a sinister citadel beyond the end of time. Inside, both protagonists discover that who inhabited that place is a character called ‘The one who remains’, played by Jonathan Majors, who was in charge of keeping an eye on history and making sure there was only one timeline.
The reason the Majors character did this was to avoid multiversal war and guarantee that other alternative versions of himself, much more perverse, do not travel to the rest of realities to conquer them, subjugating them to their power. And although the character never mentions it directly, this fearsome variant of evil he refers to is neither more nor less than Kang the Conqueror.
During the explanation that ‘The One Who Remains’ gives to the protagonists, he explains that he has “lived a million lives” and that the only way to keep The Sacred Timeline intact is that the Lokis take over.
To many fans this phrase has irretrievably reminded another MCU character, Doctor Strange. When the hero played by Benedict Cumberbatch is preparing to face Thanos on Titan, during the events of Infinity War, he claims to have seen more than 14 million possible futures (specifically 14,000,605) until found one, only one, in which they win.
Everything indicates that Kang, being a variant of He who remains, will not have any superpower beyond technology and that, coming from the future, know the story and how the events unfold. A great advantage that, referring to the aforementioned scene of Strange, could mean that only he could defeat the Conqueror at his own game.
Although it is still too early to know how this possible confrontation between the characters of Cumberbatch and Majors will be, what is confirmed is that Strange will have to face the Multiverse in his second solo film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for which would not be surprising that, somehow, Kang’s hand is present in the film.
Although the first confirmed appearance of the great villain will be in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, the MCU is planting too many clues around him not to suspect that he might make an appearance before then.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022, while the third part of Ant-Man is scheduled for February 2023. Although there is no release date for the second season of Loki, most likely it will arrive sometime between both films.
Of course, the character of Cumberbatch will return earlier, in December of this year, to accompany Peter Parker of Tom holland in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home.