Untangling the ‘Loki’ Finale


Yeah. Loki’s sophomore outing is the MCU meets Lost meets the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who meets that inexplicable moment in the Game of Thrones finale where Bran becomes King of the Seven Kingdoms because he’s got the “best story” or whatever — except good.

So what does this mean for the impending multiversal war Kang and his variants are going on about?

After the members of the TVA regather in the wake of Loki’s sacrifice, we see Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) speaking with Mobius (Owen Wilson) about lingering Kang variants. Mobius mentions an incident with a variant in a “616-adjacent realm,” which refers to the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (616 is the multiversal designation for the primary MCU universe) and positions the events of the finale after the conclusion of that film.

Critically, B-15 asks Mobius if any Kang variants know the TVA exists. Mobius calms her fears, stating they’re hidden for now. That tracks with the post-credits sequence from Ant-Man, where the council of Kangs aims to take on the Avengers instead of the TVA. Loki’s sacrifice has held off war for now — but only just so. By opting not to destroy all the branching timelines, Loki likely created the conditions in which it was possible for all Kang variants to exist and for them to likely gather together as they did at the end of Ant-Man. Whoops!

That’s bad news. So, what does this mean for the future of the MCU?

With incursions officially here thanks to the events of The Marvels, the Kangs are still about to go marching in. Deadpool 3, per The Hollywood Reporter, is viewed as “the most important project for the studio outside of anything with Avengers in the title” and will arrive as the only 2024 theatrical bow for the MCU after a shuffling of release dates.

The plot for Deadpool 3 is still a little hazy, even with some important details out and about in the public sphere, but we anticipate it to involve the Merc With the Mouth recruiting Wolverine to help him with a task, whether that’s killing off the Fox Universe for good or maybe helping the TVA recruit an army of its own to fight back against the Kangs. Either way, war is coming, and it may be here sooner than we know it.

That ending sentence is a little dramatic, bro.

Sure, but I’ve gotta keep it interesting for those reading thus far.

That’s fair. Wait! What about another season of the show?

The final shot we see of Loki is him sitting on his throne, looking strangely content with the decision he’s made. That’s about as good of an ending as you could ask for, all things considered. Combine that with comments from head writer Eric Martin about the seasons being “two halves of a book” and Hiddleston calling the finale “the conclusion to six films and 12 episodes and 14 years of my life,” and it certainly feels like audiences won’t see another dedicated season. But never say never, and anticipate Tom Hiddleston being back in some capacity as long as the MCU multiverse continues to exist.

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