Large spoilers for the Loki Season 1 finale previous this level! Significantly!
Within the last episode of Loki Season 1 — and sure, if you happen to stayed via the top credit, you had been handled to the official information that “Loki will return in Season 2” — titled “For All Time. All the time.” we meet a personality who is just known as “He Who Stays.” The character is performed by newly Emmy nominated actor Jonathan Majors, and he’s about to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s subsequent huge villain. Meet Kang The Conqueror, people, and he’s right here to wreck all of your timelines.
Okay, truly, he’s not fairly Kang the Conqueror, the blue-masked Avengers villain from Marvel Comics, not less than not how we meet him on Loki. Within the present, Majors is enjoying a variant of Kang, one who managed to win the multiversal struggle with all his different selves, from different timelines, and has been pulling the strings of the Time Variance Authority (TVA) with a purpose to hold himself because the one variant in cost. The truth is, at no level within the episode does anybody name him Kang, or any of the opposite names he makes use of within the Marvel Comics: Victor Well timed, Pharaoh Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, Immortus, or Nathaniel Richards (amongst many, many different names).
As an alternative, as Miss Minutes (Tara Sturdy), the animated clock who appears to be serving to the TVA however is definitely working for Kang, calls him, he’s “He Who Stays.” That’s an applicable identify for a being who has existed just about so long as the present Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline, somebody who has worn out all use for names and, as we see by episode’s finish, his personal life. However the last moments of the Loki finale tease a really completely different variant of He Who Stays, and that’s more than likely somebody who shall be known as Kang the Conqueror (Majors’ character even jokingly refers to himself, or notes that individuals have referred to as him a “conqueror,” earlier within the episode). That’s what you’re seeing in that very last shot as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) discovers that not solely does Mobius (Owen Wilson) now not know who he’s, however the statues of three very pretend house lizards who had been presupposed to be the Time Keepers within the TVA foyer now not exist, and as a substitute have been changed by one statue: a statue of Kang.
As for Majors? In case you couldn’t fairly place him, he’s finest recognized for taking part in Atticus Freeman on HBO’s canceled Lovecraft Nation, a task that nabbed him an Emmy Award nomination for Excellent Lead Actor in a Drama Sequence simply yesterday (July 13). Massive week for Jonathan Majors! He’s additionally appeared on display screen in The Final Black Man in San Francisco, Da 5 Bloods, and upcoming in The Tougher They Fall, and most significantly our own Meghan O’Keefe is super horny for him. Massive week for Meghan O’Keefe!
Clearly this isn’t the final time we’re going to see Majors as Kang (or He Who Stays, or every other names), and he’s being arrange as a Thanos stage villain for the MCU. We don’t but know when Loki Season 2 will premiere, however we do know Majors’ subsequent confirmed look as Kang: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The third Ant-Man film is at present filming within the UK, and is anticipated to be launched as February 17, 2023. We don’t know many particulars concerning the plot, however contemplating the earlier Ant-Man motion pictures have teased the time-twisting Quantum Realm, and given the title, it’s truthful to guess that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and firm doing slightly exploration of the timeline may pique the curiosity of a sure inexperienced capelet sporting villain (that may be Kang).
One other potential place for him to point out up? The upcoming Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity. Set to be launched on March 25, 2022, given the title, and the multiverse going slightly cuckoo on the finish of Loki Season 1, in addition to Tom Hiddleston’s rumored look within the film, it’s doable we may see some type of Kang tease or look within the sequel. And there’s a possible for He Who Stays to pop up in Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling, which comes out in theaters on December 17, 2021, as that’s one other film that shall be coping with some type of multiversal madness.
There’s additionally, and I’m simply going to throw this on the market, a very sturdy Marvel Comics connection between Kang and the Unbelievable 4. You might need seen the identify “Nathaniel Richards” earlier on, and that’s as a result of in some iterations — variants, if you’ll — of the character, he’s a distant, thirty first Century descendant of Reed Richards, the stretchy, good member of the Unbelievable 4. Relying on which comics you learn, although, he’s additionally a descendant of Unbelievable 4 arch-enemy Dr. Doom, and generally he’s a Pharaoh in Historic Egypt. Look, comics have been operating for a very long time, they usually’ve gotten fairly bizarre. Level being, with a brand new Unbelievable 4 film on the docket (although at present undated), there’s each probability that Nathaniel Richards may present up, or be teased in that film.
He may additionally — and I’ll shut up and cease speculating after this — present up in a possible Young Avengers film or Disney+ collection, since a youthful, extra hopeful model of Kang clothes up in Iron Man armor on that crew within the comics, and calls himself Iron Lad.
However no matter you name him — Kang, He Who Stays, Immortus, Nathaniel Richards, or Iron Lad — welcome your new MCU Massive Dangerous. There’s an infinite variety of him, and most of them are very, very dangerous information.