Few Avengers fans imagined that Marvel Studios thong up its sleeve a new adventure for Loki. Despite dying in “Avengers: Infinity War”, he returned in Endgame within one of the Avengers’ time travel missions.
Interestingly, the Hulk caused Tony Stark to lose the tesseract, which fell at Loki’s feet. In this way, the character managed to escape and created a timeline that had to be intervened by TVA.
This is how the series of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe part. But it was not an action-only production, but the production company had in its plans to explain how this universe really works.
Kang the Conqueror was the dictator of time. He decided which timeline to remove as long as the War of the Multiverses, caused by several of its variants, did not start.
Interestingly, in the post-credits scenes we see that “Loki” will have a second season. The actors will return to their respective roles but there would already be a withdrawal for the next production.
Kate Herron, the director, confirmed in an interview for the medium Deadline that he will not return to the project: “I will not return. I always planned to be alone for this and to be honest1, season 2 wasn’t in it – that’s something that just came out and I’m really excited1. I’m very happy to see him as a fan next season, but I think I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all. I’m working on some other things that haven’t been announced yet. ”
Loki modified the origin of Kang the Conqueror to introduce it in phase 4
Kang’s history in the comics is complicated due to his multiple travels in time and space, where he had various identities. Kang started out as Nathaniel Richards, ancestor of Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards, a 31st century scholar who discovers time travel technology created by Victor von Doom.
This is how he traveled to different eras, creating chaos and meeting Marvel Comics superheroes, such as the Avengers and The Fantastic Four. When he tried to return to the 31st century, he made a bad calculation and landed on a devastated Earth that he ended up conquering and then extended his domains to the rest of the universes. Thus was born Kang the Conqueror.
It should be noted that this is only one of Kang’s identities. A Kang from another time and space laid the foundation for creating the Young Avengers and thus stopping his evil future self. Another notable alter-ego of Kang is Immortus, who emerged once Kang grew weary of the battle due to frustration and the loss of his loved ones.
Loki revealed that Kang was the one behind AVT and the preservation of the Sacred Time Line, but he was not known as Kang or any of his other known identities but rather as “The One Who Remains”, another Marvel Comics character.
He Who Remains is in the comics the final director of the AVT in the Citadel and the creator of Time-Twisters, who were destined to travel to the next universal cycle with knowledge of the past to improve the future. Rather than present him as an entity on its own, Marvel made He Who Remains a variant of Kang and the formula worked for fans of the MCU.
Kang / He Who Remains explained to Loki and Sylvie that their variants are what discovered the existence of the Multiverse, and while they initially peacefully exchanged knowledge, not all variants had peace as their priority. The variants fought to defend their timelines, ushering in the multiversal warfare Miss Minutes mentions in the video, but He Who Remains came out on top when it discovered Alioth and used him to create the AVT.
All of these changes mean that Kang’s other identities will not be the result of his travels and interactions with his past and future selves, but instead are variants, each coming from a different timeline.