- Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the season two finale of “Loki.”
- The episode could have major consequences in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- This could also provide Marvel with an excuse to replace Jonathan Majors as the next big bad.
The season two finale of “Loki” may have changed everything for the Marvel multiverse and its Jonathan Majors problem.
As of 2021, the multiverse is the MCU’s next big adventure, and Majors was set to be the franchise’s new big bad, playing time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror.
In March, that plan hit a stumbling block when Majors was arrested in connection with a domestic dispute. The actor was later dropped by his management and PR companies, as well as several projects.
Marvel Studios has yet to release a definitive statement on Majors’ future in the MCU, but the actor appeared in the final season of “Loki,” which was filmed before his arrest.
If Marvel needs a Major release to play the MCU’s next big bad, Thursday’s “Loki” season two finale could be the answer.
In the episode, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) decides to take matters into his own hands after a season of trying to keep the multiverse functioning without pruning (destroying) entire timelines.
After gaining new abilities through his adventures through time, Loki takes control of the multiverse with his bare hands, and he now sits at the end of time, holding the multiverse together for the rest of his existence.
Here’s why this plot development could solve the MCU’s major problem.
With Loki now in charge of the timeline, everything we’ve seen before can be changed
There’s a little hint in the finale that the new multiverse might be a little different with Loki in charge.
Earlier in season two, the show established that Victor Timely created the Time Variance Authority and its mechanics after learning from a TVA manual given to him as a child. This manual came from TVA itself, which caused a slightly confusing chicken-or-the-egg situation.
In the finale, we return to the scene with young Timely, but this time we don’t give him the book. Of course, Timely is just one of many Kang variants – versions of Kang from different timelines – but this scene indicates at least some changes in the timeline under Loki’s tutelage.
This may be a bit of a cop-out, but Marvel could use this opportunity to erase the “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” post-credits scene that introduced all of Kang’s variants.
With Loki now in charge of the multiverse, they could easily explain that Kang wasn’t able to gain as much power as Loki did before.
The final would not be completely erase the events of “Quantumania”, as the battle between Kang and Ant-Man appears to be referenced in the final moments of the episode between Mobius (Owen Wilson) and B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku).
In the scene, Mobius says that there is only one Kang variant threat in a “realm adjacent to 616”, which could be a reference to the Quantum Realm. This Kang was defeated, just like the Kang in “Quantumania”.
If Kang “Quantumania” is the only variant on their radar, that could mean the broader Kang threat is neutralized for now.
This could mean a new big bad in the MCU
If Marvel chooses to part ways with the Majors, the “Loki” finale paves the way for several different solutions to replace him as the MCU’s big bad in the upcoming “Avengers” films.
Considering that Loki now appears to be in control of the multiverse and has already started messing with Kang variants like Timely, Marvel could use this as an excuse to explain the Majors’ overhaul.
“Why does Kang look different?”
“Because Loki is trying to keep the timeline free from chaos, and this variant is from a whole new timeline.”
Alternatively, Marvel could reduce Kang’s role altogether and move on to a new villain to antagonize the Avengers in 2027’s “Secret Wars.”
Say hello to everyone’s favorite Latvian dictator, Doctor Doom.
Variety recently reported that Marvel bosses discussed the possibility of making the “Fantastic Four” the MCU’s new villain at a company retreat in September.
Granted, this might still cause a bit of a headache because, ahead of “Secret Wars,” the MCU heroes are set to come together for the first time in 2026’s “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”
If Marvel changes things up, this movie may need a new title and new overall direction.
But with the Fantastic Four soon to join the MCU in their own film in 2025, their adventure could serve as a launching pad for making Doctor Doom the villain of the 2026 and 2027 “Avengers” films.
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