The dark revelation in Loki sets up Marvel's next Thanos-sized villain
The MCU has a big problem on the horizon...
Thanos first appeared in 2012's The Avengers, and it was six more years before they finally put the universe's greatest foe front-and-centre of a Marvel movie.
Big, impressive bad guys take time to make big and impressive. You can't rush these things, or else you get whatever Steppenwolf was supposed to be in Justice League.
So it would make sense that Marvel are already planting some seeds for their next big baddie, and all signs are pointing to Kang The Conqueror.
On the third episode of TBR Spotlight: Loki [LISTEN from 35:00 below], Eoghan and Rory discuss how the Loki is setting this up:
In the third episode, Sylvie (Sophie Di Martino) reveals that she had to work hard to break the mind of a particular TVA agent (Sasha Lane), going back through hundreds of years of repressed memories.
This comes as a bit of a shock to Loki, who had been informed of a different creation path for the TVA agents:
So it turns out that the members of the TVA haven't actually been created by the Time-Keepers, but are all Variants that have essentially been brain-washed into these agents and hunters for the Sacred Timeline.
There is a chance that Sylvie is making that up in order to continue to mess with Loki's head, but let's take that option off the table for the time being.
Assuming that Sylvie is telling the truth, we don't really know how high up the TVA this conspiracy goes. Was Mobius a Variant? Was Renslayer?
Are these all the actions of the never-seen but apparently omni-present Time-Keepers, who we caught a brief animated glimpse of during the TVA introduction, and one of them looks startlingly familiar...
This is Kang right? This is a fan rendering of Jonathan Majors who will be the MCU Kang the Conqueror, but this animation in @LokiOfficial has to be Kang. Lady Loki's (or Enchantress') multiverse event succeeds and she kills two Time Keepers leaving Kang to correct things alone pic.twitter.com/oKed5WrUaI
— Christopher Deloge (@CDeloge) June 22, 2021
Yep, we already know that Kang The Conqueror is set to make his first "official" appearance in 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but that doesn't mean we might not see him here first, as Marvel plants those seeds in the same way they did for Thanos back in the day.
We'll see if we get any more information on this nefarious, nebulous villain when the fourth episode of Loki debuts on Disney+ on Wednesday, 30 June.