Picture: Marvel StudiosDisclaimer: Full spoilers for the season finale of Loki under.Going into Loki, I truthfully thought it was going to be a enjoyable, time-traveling romp that may be extra centered on creating the titular character, versus extending the meta-narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Extra WandaVision than Civil Warfare.So, I used to be fucking fallacious.Wednesday’s surprisingly subdued finale wound up having bigger implications for the MCU as a complete. Once we final left Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), they’d simply overwhelmed the cloud beast Albion and opened a portal to the Citadel on the Finish of Time. (Can I simply say I cherished how fucking comedian book-y this present was?) After getting into the citadel and having a quick dialog with Miss Minutes, who appears to be greater than only a fancy A.I. utilized by the Time Variance Authority, they’re greeted by He Who Stays (Jonathan Majors).Mans is simply attempting to eat his apple and form the course of time. Picture: Marvel StudiosWhile he’s by no means referred to as by his identify, it’s all however made express that He Who Stays is definitely Kang the Conqueror. Additionally, there’s the very fact we discovered final yr that Majors could be enjoying the character in Ant-Man: Quantumania.G/O Media could get a commissionThe episode was a surprisingly talky affair, with He Who Stays explaining his function in shaping the multiverse and defending it from one among its most harmful threats: himself. He explains that a number of variants of himself have found there are a number of realities all stacked on prime of one another. A number of the variants solely wished to study and share information with one another, whereas others had decidedly much less noble pursuits. (Contemplating the phrase “conquer” is in his identify, it doesn’t take a lot to think about what these pursuits have been.)He Who Stays provides them an ultimatum: let him dwell and keep the place he’s, defending the timeline from all his variants, or they will kill him and doubtlessly begin one other multiverse battle. Sigh. If solely I might return to 2008 and inform 16-year-old me that there was going to be a multiverse battle. Fairly positive teen me’s response would’ve been “Wait, Marvel has a multiverse? I had thought that was DC’s factor. ”Anyway, Sylvie and Loki get right into a combat as a result of Loki is like “Yo, this man is saying that if we kill him we would simply unleash a brand new degree of hell upon actuality.” Sylvie, then again, was like “All my life I needed to combat, Loki. You don’t know what this man took from me, Loki. Now you finest stand up out the way in which, earlier than I get you out the way in which.”Spoiler: she will get him out the way in which after which drives her blade proper by means of He Who Stays’ coronary heart. This sends to multiverse into chaos, with the timeline that surrounds the citadel fracturing off into numerous avenues. Sadly, given how issues are introduced up to now prematurely as of late, we all know quite a bit about the place the MCU goes. We already know that Physician Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity and Spider-Man: No Approach House are going to explicitly take care of the multiverse. We additionally already know that Majors is about to return as Kang within the subsequent Ant-Man. Primarily based on all that data, it very a lot seems like Kang is being positioned as the subsequent massive unhealthy of the MCU. The following Thanos, if you’ll.I’m very curious to see what the endgame is right here. Are we going to see Kang run roughshod by means of the Avengers throughout their separate films? Will Loki season 2 act as a prelude to the multiverse battle? Does Marvel’s What If…?, even have extra relevance to the bigger story than we initially believed?I don’t know, however I’m excited to see the way it all performs out. Personally, I discover the thought of Majors doubtlessly embodying a number of variations of Kang extremely cool. His efficiency as He Who Stays was charismatic, equal elements tragic, manic, and infrequently charming. I’m all the time blissful to see Black folks profitable, and I really like that an actor of Majors’ caliber has been given what’s wanting like an extremely pivotal function in a single the most well-liked franchises on this planet.