This post contains the main spoilers for the sixth episode of the movie “Loki”.
In case you haven’t heard before, Loki will return in the second season, and thank God: The final didn’t solve much if it solved anything. Well, we found out who is pulling the strings behind the Time Variations Directorate and why, but it really served as an introduction to the villain who should be performing in The Ant and the Wasp Man: Quantumania.
However, Loki I never felt like an extended predecessor, well, anything. It was a show that mostly stood on its own, and one chained a unique identity in addition to everything else in Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the Thor movies. After all, this is not the Loki we spent eight years looking at on screen. This one was created in 2019 in the middle Avengers: Endgame, a variant that so far goes down the track without Asgard and all those boring Avengers jobs.
And so Loki the show paved its way as well, not relying too much knowledge of movies past the first and last Avengers film. You could enter the series knowing as much about Loki’s fate as the Loki variant and leave after the first season knowing just as little. The finale was interesting because for the first time I have no idea how the Marvel show fits into the broader scheme of things. And like the One who stays, it’s a little exciting to me.
One thing that is true for all Marvel shows is that we have always generally known where we should enter the larger universe. SHIELD agents it was originally intended to be a way for Marvel Cinematic Universe side stories to thrive, but for a time it was treated as a place to dump the rest of the film. Daredevil,, Luke Cage,, Jessica Jones i Iron Fist were originally directed towards placement The Defenders limited series. WandaVision was a sign for Dr. Strange and the multiverse of madness, while Falcon and winter soldier worked the character for Captain America’s next film.
But Loki, other than wrapping loose thread from Endgame, is not really tied to anything, especially in any upcoming projects. They don’t even name the man behind the curtain, he’s just “the One who stays.” And he’s killed by the end of the episode, which means that whenever we see him from this moment forward, he’s technically a different person; another cosmic iteration of the same jerk. Comic book fans know he was supposed to be Kang Conqueror, but that great discovery is yet to come – because the man we met is not a conqueror. He was a space bureaucrat.
Conqueror, though hinted at in Loki finals, will first appear in early 2023. He will not remember the events shown in Disney + show because he wasn’t actually there, which means either the film will completely ignore everything we’ve learned here or it will explain it to the audience over and over again. Prior knowledge of Loki it shouldn’t and most likely won’t be needed.
Which leaves a second season Loki free to do almost anything he wants. The man who seems to be in charge of TVA now is unlikely to be even close to the same man that Scott Lang and Hope Pym will have to mess with, because we are dealing with multiple universes. This introduces the next Doctor Strange film into a bit of uncertainty, because in our original non-COVID timeline, which was supposed to premiere back in May. Should we have seen the debut of the multiverse before we saw its origin? Or will there be some other space key that will further mess things up for the MCU? Many things that seemed inevitable when all these projects were originally announced are now thrown into uncertainty.
But for now, the key is to take it out Loki the finale is that the series respects nothing else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was no need to burden a ton of character development or make sure everything was back in place before the next film. You can take your small number of characters for free and fully explore their capabilities, without worrying about how this will affect other Marvel features. What will happen to Loki, Sylvia, Mobius, Ravonna and others? We can focus on their individual stories, instead of worrying about what can and can’t happen.
We can no longer make predictions based on future projects in preparation or contractual obligations of actors. Theories can spread and almost nothing is forbidden. Every step that Loki and the rest take just means another multiverse to research in shows like What if?. The sacred timeline is dead, and so are the shackles of film continuity.
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