SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn when you have not but watched Season 1, Episode 6 of “Loki,” streaming now on Disney Plus.
Between the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tormenting townspeople and twisting the material of actuality to maintain her synthezoid beloved one alive and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), unleashing the wrath of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) and fully disrupting the Sacred Timeline multi function vengeful knife jab, plainly the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch) goes to have quite a lot of clean-up to do in Marvel Studios’ “Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.”
Followers reacted to the “Loki” season finale, which units up Kang as one of many MCU’s subsequent Large Bads with memes galore on social media. They theorized about what Sylvie’s resolution and the newly launched villain will deliver to approaching Marvel initiatives — significantly “Multiverse of Insanity,” “Spider-Man: No Manner Dwelling” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.” Majors, the lately Emmy-nominated actor (for HBO’s “Lovecraft Nation”), is already confirmed to reprise the function of Kang within the third “Ant-Man” installment, and since the opposite two aforementioned movies cope with multiversal messes, it’s extremely possible that the villain will at the least have some affect on the narrative primarily based on Kang’s warnings within the “Loki” finale and what Marvel comedian ebook readers already know in regards to the character.
However, for the much less well-versed in Marvel lore, Kang’s potential impression in future motion pictures and TV sequence may nonetheless be mysterious or complicated, particularly after that whopper of a cliffhanger in “Loki” (which can, hopefully, make extra sense within the second season). That’s the place Selection is available in. Right here’s a primer on Kang the Conqueror:
He Who Stays is a Variant of Kang the Conqueror
If we’re going to get into a few of Kang the Conqueror’s background, then we have to at the least assume that He Who Stays (Majors) is, in reality, a variant of Kang the Conqueror. He hints at it each in his clarification to Sylvie and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) of his origin story, and makes a relatively specific implication when he says that he has been referred to as “a ruler, a conqueror, He Who Stays, a jerk.” Within the comics, He Who Stays is the founder and grasp puppeteer of the Time Variance Authority. And, in “Loki,” He Who Stays is the creator of the Time-Keeper robots. Although Majors is credited as He Who Stays and never as Kang the Conqueror in “Loki,” his casting as Kang for the third “Ant-Man” flick makes a fairly convincing case that He Who Stays equals a Kang the Conquerer variant.
Pharaoh Rama-Tut’s Run-in with The Unbelievable 4
After taming the trans-temporal-entity/scary cloud shark Alioth in Episode 5, Sylvie and Loki enter The Citadel on the Finish of Time, which is atop an asteroid and is inhabited by He Who Stays — costumed in a purple-hued outfit that appears to be impressed by Historical Egyptian vogue.
That’s no coincidence. Within the comics, Kang, earlier than he turns into Kang, is Nathaniel Richards, an professional historical past buff and genius who discovers time-traveling expertise created by fellow Marvel supervillain Physician Victor von Doom within the thirty first Century. Richards travels again in time to Historical Egypt and reinvents himself as Pharaoh Rama-Tut, getting a primary small style of energy till the Unbelievable 4 problem his rule. Because it occurs, “No Manner Dwelling” director Jon Watts is about to direct a “Unbelievable 4” film for Marvel Studios, however no different data — even a launch date — has been made public.
Finally within the comics, Richards returns to a future far previous his personal origin century and simply takes over a dying Earth. His starvation for domination will not be happy by this conquest and so he decides to take over a more healthy Earth. And thus, Kang the Conqueror is born.
A Love Affair with Ravonna Renslayer
On “Loki,” Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked) is the Time Variance Authority’s choose and the unwitting henchwoman to He Who Stays; within the comics, nonetheless, she is a fortieth century princess of the dominion of Carelius, one of many final to be conquered by Kang within the far-future Earth. Their love is, at first, unrequited, so Kang concocts a very regular seduction plan: seize the Avengers to win her coronary heart. In a face-off between the Avengers and Kang, Ravonna sacrifices herself to avoid wasting Kang. Within the comics, Kang makes a distinct try and (unsuccessfully) resurrect Ravonna. Might “Loki’s” Renslayer be one in every of Kang’s methods of holding his love alive — by incarcerating one in every of her variants as a TVA agent? That’s purely speculative, however may clarify Renslayer’s blind loyalty to the TVA up till the Season 1 finale of “Loki,” when she decides to depart in the hunt for free will (one thing that, she believes, solely belongs to the individual in cost).
Within the comics, Kang ultimately is ready to revive Renslayer, nevertheless it comes on the worth of her love, and she or he quickly turns into consumed by revenge, embarking on a mission to take over Kang’s empire and having a number of run-ins with the Avengers, the Unbelievable 4 and the Guardians of the Galaxy alongside the way in which.
The Crosstime Kang Corps
Within the comics, the Crosstime Kang Corps is a council of alternate Kangs from a number of timelines in the hunt for the final word highly effective and extraterrestrial cosmic weapon. That sounds rather a lot like what He Who Stays was alluding to when he defined to Sylvie and Loki in his workplace that killing him would solely unleash extremely harmful variations of himself in a number of timelines decided to wreak havoc and, naturally, conquer the world. Equally, the Crosstime Kang Corps is made up of Kangs that have been created by Kang’s fixed time-traveling. Finally, they’re all slain by an alternate Kang who calls himself Immortus, a Kang that lives remoted in Limbo and yearns to be the one Kang in the complete multiverse. Within the comics, Immortus’ origins and future are intently linked to the workings of the Time Keepers.