The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Multiverse Saga is heating up as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania formally launches Marvel’s Part 5. Whereas Part 4 centered on introducing new heroes, shifting the MCU ahead after the devastating occasions of Avengers: Endgame and establishing the Multiverse, the primary movie in Part 5 introduces Marvel’s latest massive unhealthy: Kang the Conqueror, performed by Jonathan Majors. A time-traveling tyrant set upon conquering and destroying alternate timelines, Kang’s arrival was first teased in Season 1 of Loki. Majors appeared in Loki as a variant of Kang often known as He Who Stays, however when this iteration of the character was killed by Sylvie within the season finale, the door was opened to the true Kang’s arrival.
Loki Season 1 follows Tom Hiddleston’s titular Asgardian after he steals the Tesseract and modifications the course of his personal historical past in Avengers: Endgame. Loki was taken prisoner by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a corporation later revealed to have been created by He Who Stays as a way to stop the existence of the Multiverse in order that his variants might by no means once more wage conflict throughout timelines. After He Who Stays was killed, the “Sacred Timeline” splintered, the Multiverse was born, and Loki discovered himself in an altered TVA dominated by Kang. However Quantumania locations a query mark over Kang’s position within the group.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania follows MCU custom with two post-credits scenes teasing the longer term threats posed by Kang’s many variants. Whereas Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne seemingly defeated the model of Kang they encountered, many extra are on the market, as revealed by Quantumania’s first post-credits scene that includes the Council of Kangs. One other Kang variant then appeared within the movie’s second post-credits scene and is witnessed by none aside from Loki and Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius. Nevertheless, Mobius appears unaware of Kang’s true identification.
The scene in query takes place within the Twenties, with Kang showing because the inventor Victor Well timed, who’s touring the nation to show his innovations. Within the comics, Well timed was a model of Kang accountable for founding Well timed Industries within the early twentieth century, an organization that manufactured the expertise that will lay the earliest foundations for Kang’s improvement of time journey sooner or later. Throughout Well timed’s look as a touring inventor in Quantumania, Loki and Mobius are among the many viewers watching his presentation. Mobius appears greatly surprised that Kang does not come throughout because the “massive, evil man” of whom Loki had warned. However should not this model of Mobius know precisely who Kang is?
The primary season of Loki ended with the reveal that no one on the TVA remembered Loki, who then realized the group’s statue of the Time Keepers the alleged creators of the TVA, invented by He Who Stays to protect his anonymity had been changed by a statue of Kang. The scene prompt that, following the universe splintering into numerous totally different timelines, Loki had arrived in a actuality the place his adventures with the TVA by no means befell, and Kang was brazenly in management. This might counsel that everybody on this iteration of the TVA ought to know precisely who Kang is, but Mobius seems to be viewing him by recent eyes within the Quantumania post-credits scene.
The scene seems to be taken instantly from Loki Season 2, so solutions will probably be supplied when the collection debuts. Nevertheless, there are a number of attainable explanations for the obvious discrepancy. Maybe the almost definitely motive is that the Mobius seen in Quantumania’s post-credits scene just isn’t the identical variant seen on the finish of Loki Season 1 and that Loki has jumped timelines once more although this may indicate the TVA not exists exterior of time, however fairly has its personal variants throughout timelines. It is also attainable that Loki and Mobius are speaking concerning the Well timed variant of Kang particularly, with Loki having motive to consider this explicit model of the character poses the best menace.