Since you may have been too enraptured by everything happening in the final moments of season one, we’re breaking down the hidden details you’ll want to see from the finale of Loki!
At the beginning of most Marvel entertainment, the credits usually feature the iconic theme music of the franchise before leading into the feature film or show. Loki, though, did something a little bit different by adding in quotes from various characters, as well as real people like Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and Greta Thunberg. So, why would Marvel go this route for the finale of Loki?
It seems to be a reference to the timeline that has led the character up until this point. Along with the previous moments in Marvel, the opening credit scene refers to important events that have taken place in our timeline as well.
What’s Going on with Ravonna?
So, B-15 REALLY just went there, everyone! In order to show other members of the TVA that they are, in fact, variants, the only way to prove that was by showing Ravonna’s variant. And, if you’re a comics fan, the name “Rebecca Tourminet” might ring a few bells. The name on the diploma in the back of the scene at FDR High School hints towards the storyline in the comics where Ravonna betrays Kang after deciding their relationship was too complicated. She takes up the name “Rebecca Tourminet” instead to be away from him.
But, this Rebecca doesn’t seem to know anything about Ravonna, and the Ravonna we’ve seen doesn’t seem to know anything about Kang. Still, we aren’t entirely sure that this is the case. Is the Ravonna we’ve seen just a variant put in charge, while the REAL one has taken up the identity of Rebecca on Earth? Will the Ravonna hunt down a previous version of Kang for answers about the TVA after using the TemPad? Is Rebecca actually Ravonna and pretending not to know anything so Kang doesn’t find her?
We have SO many questions! At least, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for answers sometime soon (we’ll swing back around to that).
The Dark and Light Side
It’s been an important distinction all along for Loki and Sylvie to be two very different people, even if they are Loki variants. And, whether or not you think that kiss should have happened, it allowed us all to see exactly how manipulative Sylvie has been all along. Sylvie has been in the game in order to complete her own mission of destroying the TVA at all costs. And, nobody was going to get in her way — not even Loki. But, isn’t it a bit ironic that the one person she should have let talk her down was kind of a version of herself?
Clearly, Sylvie had been too consumed by her need for revenge that she didn’t consider the fact the He Who Remains could have been telling the truth. Obviously, her mistake literally cost multiple universes a high price as she changed the timeline for good. Part of the reason the betrayal is so hurtful is because it was the first time Loki really trusted someone (and technically trusted himself) fully. The love he felt for Sylvie, and thus himself, was so real. And, that will probably cause some major repercussions in the identity of the Loki we know in this show.
Loki tried to do the right thing by listening to reason, giving us a glimpse of the anti-hero that comes to fruition in later Marvel films. In order to show the stark contrast between the two, Marvel opted to give Loki a lighter color scheme with a white shirt and golden blade to represent “good,” while Sylvie’s suit is darker with a silver dagger to represent the “bad” in Loki’s overall personality (no matter what variant it may be).
Let’s Talk About He Who Remains
You might be sitting there thinking “who in the multiverse is ‘He Who Remains?!'” And, we promise that it’s just as complicated as it sounds. Clearly, He Who Remains is a variant of Kang the Conqueror in Loki. But, he wasn’t that way in the comics!
Instead, he was independent of Kang as the founder of the TVA and creator of the Time Keepers. While he also wears purple like Kang, the outfit we see in the show is much more reminiscent of Kang the Conqueror’s costume. And, after Marvel very explicitly used the “conqueror” and “ruler” terms in He Who Remains’ big speech, it’s pretty clear we’ll see a tie-in to Kang and his other variants.
It’s important to note that there are a LOT of different versions of Kang that Marvel could bring to life, making him much more difficult to defeat for our heroes. When another Kang dies, then another will pop up (and they’ll get worse and worse, according to He Who Remains). Along with the regular Kang character we should see in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we could also see versions like Immortus or Iron Lad as well. Plus, Marvel has hinted at a Fantastic Four reboot, where the concept of the “Interdimensional Council of Reeds” has shown up.
In this storyline, a bunch of Reed Richards from multiple realities meet up using portals, similar to the story that He Who Remains tells about himself. The Reeds were killed off by the Celestials for the most part, so that means we could see a bunch of Kangs make an appearance in The Eternals under that same scope.
Since He Who Remains has been around for all time, the consistent chewing on an apple is a nod to the story of Adam, Eve, and the forbidden fruit. Obviously, now that Sylvie has killed He Who Remains and has had a taste of the forbidden fruit of revenge, there are some major consequences.
Imagine getting betrayed by your only love, and then finding out you are in the WRONG timeline? Poor Loki was not having a good day in the season finale. In this version, it seems pretty clear that we might have another kind of Kang running the TVA, and Mobius might even be aware of him. However, he has no clue who Loki is, because they never interacted on this timeline. Instead, this version of the TVA is left confused and unsure of why the branches on the timeline permanently diverged.
The final shot of Loki looking towards the Kang statue at the other TVA is very reminiscent of Planet of the Apes, where the destroyed Lady Liberty symbolized the destruction of peace in our time.
Oh, speaking of peace…
A Multiverse of Madness
…It definitely doesn’t look like there is going to be any for a LONG time in the multiverse. The branching timelines have set up a whole lot of upcoming content, including Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home (along with the other films we mentioned previously). The multiversal war that is most likely in the works will be an even BIGGER issue with more consequences than the Battle of Earth from Avengers: Endgame.
Unlike the consequences for one universe, the next battle could effect multiple timelines, leading to absolute chaos. And, we honestly can’t wait for it.
We can’t wait for the NEXT season of Loki, too! That’s right — Loki has already been renewed for season 2, according to the after-credits scene at the end of episode six. We aren’t sure when that will be exactly, but we’ll keep you updated on everything you need to know about Loki’s return to the MCU once again!
PHEW. That was a lot to cover in that season finale, and Marvel has REALLY outdone itself with this show! We can’t wait for all the other upcoming entertainment that will be appearing soon. And, you can stay tuned with All Ears for the latest Disney and Marvel news you need to know!
What did you think of the Loki finale? Let us know in the comments below!
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