Is it just me or did it get hot in here? Oh well! Our very own God of Mischief is coming to create chaos in the upcoming Disney+ series, Loki. It all starts with a mishap in the 2012 time heist in Avengers: Endgame when the future Avengers team loses the Tessaract to Loki. And with little to no surprise, Loki escapes. Henceforth, the entire series is based on an alternate version of Loki, and time-traveling. While it is fairly believable that he could come across several alternate universe characters like Thor, Heimdall, some other Asgardians, or Earthly heroes, here’s a list of other time travelers that Loki could meet in his show:
Iron Man 2020
If this happens, then the MCU might flip. Arno Stark is an Iron Man successor from an alternate future. He has a history of being both – an antihero and a villain. Moreover, now that Phase 4 is full of multiverse and time-travel, let me tell you about his shenanigans. Arno Stark has had multiple encounters with Marvel Comics heroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers.
Considering that the TVA – Time Variance Authority plays a key role in Loki, then Arno’s existence somewhere in the MCU could be referred to. The reason why makes the list is that just like Loki, his actions also got him under the scrutiny of the TVA. So, maybe not directly, but Loki could introduce Iron Man 2020, and he would be one of the time travelers that Loki could meet.
Kang The Conqueror
With Kang (Jonathan Majors) coming into the MCU with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we have to think of the possibility of Loki meeting him. He’s a time traveler from the 30th century. Moreover, he a rich history with the Avengers as their adversary. Hence, it makes perfect sense if his arc extends further till Avengers 5. So, yes, he could be the next big bad.
Kang could shake the MCU to its core and lead the legacy of terrifying heroes after Thanos. So, it’s believable that Marvel could start laying the groundwork for Kang before Ant-Man 3, presumably in Loki. If Loki ends up defeating the TVA, a Kang cameo could occur at the end of the season to grace the series. Moreover, this could make up for the perfect entrance of Kang into the MCU.
Marvel is indefinitely setting up the Young Avengers. With Wanda’s twins in WandaVision, Kate Bishop in Hawkeye, Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel, and many more, the coming Young Avengers is unavoidable. This brings us to the leader of the team in the comics, Iron Lad. Well, he is no other than a version of Kang the Conqueror himself. The guy traveled through time so many times that he branched out realities on multiple realities.
If we are to see Iron Lad in Loki, the show could further establish Young Avengers and Kang the Conqueror at the same time in the MCU. Plus, the love for interconnectivity in Marvel is something you cannot ignore. Moreover, Iron Lad is a teenage version of Kang the Conqueror who tries to avert his fate by embarking on a heroic journey. This makes up for a kick-ass story!
In the 1970s, Marvel used time travel to pair its Western heroes with the Avengers. Hence, they published several titles about Western gunfighters from the 19th century, one of which focused on Matthew Hawk, a.k.a. Two-Gun Kid. Two-Gun Kid traveled to the present and developed a close friendship with Hawkeye, After a team-up against Kang. The Western cowboy seems like a perfect fit for another time traveler in the MCU.
He has been spotted in many travel stories. As a result, he has been in constant observation from the TVA. It could be that Loki will adapt a version of Two-Gun Kid’s comics story by either bringing Loki to the American Wild West or revealing him to be one of the TVA’s prisoners. Just another time travelers that Loki could meet.
Deathlok has battled powerful enemies in both his own time and the present alongside a variety of well-known superheroes. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 introduced Mike Peterson as its current take on the character. But it had nothing to do with the original incarnation of the cyborg superhero, Luther Manning. While being born in a post-apocalyptic world, he posses really cool cybernetic upgrades.
Well, the character was horribly famous in his time, which was the 1970s. Moreover, we might get to see him because The Falcon and The Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman has expressed an interest in rebooting Deathlok for the MCU. A character with this prior fame would only be a win-win for Marvel. Loki could be the right project to set up his arrival.
Killraven is a sword-wielding vigilante who stood up to the Earth’s alien conquerors in Marvel’s take on H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. In the comics, his enemies were the Martians. When the Martians take over the world, Gladiator Killraven and his band of Freemen travel America’s wasteland united by a belief in humanity’s greatness. But in the MCU his enemy could be someone else.
The Loki trailer showed New York City in ruins, which suggests that the series may show a timeline where the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers was a success. Hence, Killraven’s enemy in the MCU could be the Chituari army. This is also a post-apocalyptic world fitting perfectly for Killraven’s resume. He could be a recurring MCU star by leaving his timeline now and then and teaming up with the comic time-travelers.
In the comic books, Vance is an astronaut who left for present-day Earth on a mission to scout out a potential new home for Earth’s people. He wakes up from the cryogenic pod on his ship a thousand years later, only to realize that Earth had already colonized the planet. Hence, all his efforts were a waste. Later, he helped form the Guardians of the Galaxy. He became the team’s Steve Rogers because of his outdated ideas. He perfectly fits in the “man out of time” aspect of the character.
Well, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 already used his team, so if he is to appear, the MCU will find a new way for his arrival. It could be that he’ll run into Loki during one of his missions for the TVA. In my opinion, some of the time-travelers should be introduced in Loki because that is the basic nature of the entire show. Moreover, he is somewhat of a Captain America himself as I mentioned above. An appearance from him could be an interesting way of showing how the Star-Spangled Man’s legacy is being carried on in the MCU’s distant future.
So these are the Time Travelers that Loki could meet in his series. Loki stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Richard E. Grant. The series premieres on June 9 on Disney+.