Loki season finale “ For All Time. Always.”, aired on Disney+ on 14 July and it was a finale to remember. With Marvel Phase 4 we have seen the completion of two shows previously, namely “Wanda and Vision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, both of these shows have played it safe with their endings.
Wanda and Vision let go of its post-credit with Doctor strange, providing little to nothing about what’s in the future with Wanda as she packs up her previous life and is seen reading the Book Of Damned. And “The Falcon and Winter soldier” sees Sam finally taking up the role of Captain America.
But Loki surprises us with its ending as it opens the Marvel Universe to new storylines, that we know are soon to follow in the form of movies and shows.
The plot of the Season Finale would be discussed further, Tread lightly with SPOILERS AHEAD.
The episode opens with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie( Sophia di Martino) entering the Citadel after the defeat of Alioth (The Void). Where they come face to face with Time Keeper behind the chaos in their life and ruler of TVA (Time Variance Authority). The ruler turns out to be He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), also known as Immortus, an older version of Kang The Conqueror.
Obviously, they try to kill him at first sight but he is always a step ahead of them, always outmaneuvering them as he knows everything that is going to happen beforehand. Later he finally reveals his story, which follows something like this. He Who Remains claims he is from the 31 st century, who discovered other dimensions or realities stacked upon each other. And decided to explore these realities, where different versions of him could share their knowledge and learnings. But some of his versions were not so good and turned out to be power and land-hungry villains, who just wanted to conquer. Due to this, a multiverse war broke out. To evade the carnage, Kang from this reality weaponized Alioth( a creature created out of Multiverse tears) and created TVA to stop the other realities.
After mentioning this all-war ending tale, he gives our two Lokis a choice either choose revenge( Sylvie’s original motive) and kill him like they planned to do, or they can choose to continue, and rule TVA enjoying free will but only for themselves.
Loki ( Tom Hiddleston ) doesn’t want to kill Kang, but Sylvie has revenge on her mind. This leads to the death of Kang and an overall threat to the universe with nothing stopping the evil Kangs from a multiverse war. Loki is pushed back by Sylvie into TVA but he lands in the TVA from a different universe where we can see the statue of Kang in front of us instead of the statues of timekeepers.
The show saw a character development of Loki, where, from just being of God of Mischief, who always fails because of his selfish ideas, Loki becomes a rational being who thinks about the chaos that would follow at the death of Kang, instead of rulership.
We see Sylvie rundown, sitting back after killing Kang, and a cliffhanger is left as to what will happen next when everything plays out.
Additionally, one of the greatest questions left unanswered is where did Judge Ravonna Renslayer go when she claims that she is going to find free will.
But one thing is for sure Loki has always been involved whenever Marvel has created some supervillain threats and this time is no different. Loki has paved the way for upcoming movies and shows, let us tell you how.
What… if? is going to be coming out very soon and now its importance has changed from just being a fun project to something that happens in Marvel Universe. Because of the timelines being branched and new realities coming into existence, What…If? Will explore all the different ideas in the multiple timelines, From Peggy Carter taking the super-soldier serum to Clint Barton becoming the Hulk.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man No Wat Home
Both of these movies are supposed to be based on a multiverse theme, Loki provides the reason behind such vast storyline changes. After all, Multiverse is literally there in the name of Doctor Strange’s movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to be released on February 17, 2023. It has been known for a while that one of the major villains in the film would be Kang, probably a younger version of him before he becomes He Who Remains. Loki has essentially spread out the groundwork for this movie. While still, a lot remains unknown about this movie
We can see that Loki is important to Marvel Franchise and it is here to stay. With the mention of it, there is a second season of the show, one can hardly blame the fans for their excitement. It will be fun to see what Loki has planned next in terms of some new Variants Villain.