Loki season 1 has ended with an epic cliffhanger. From the beginning itself, the show was destined to raise the bar high. While we thought that Sylvie avenged the one who destroyed her life, her struggles are far from over. Episode 6, “For All Time. Always” finally introduced the real man behind the TVA. And that is He Who Remains, played by Jonathan Majors. This is the same actor who is ready to play Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3. However, by the end, the Sacred Timeline was shattered into pieces and infinite realities branched out. But it looks like Loki‘s episode 6 ending could have been very different!
Different Loki Episode 6 Ending
In a surprising turn of events, Loki and Sylvie find themselves in a disagreement about whether to kill He Who Remains or not. Even though for a moment it looked like Sylvie understood Loki’s sentiment, it was all a facade. She never defaced her mission whatsoever. Hence, she threw him back to the TVA. With little hesitation, she kills He Who Remains. But back to Loki, he finds himself in a different version of the TVA. First, Mobius didn’t recognize him, and second, the Time Keepers were replaced by Kang!
The stage has now been set for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and maybe even Thor: Love and Thunder. But it looks like Loki’s episode 6 ending almost ended differently. Loki writer Michael Waldron revealed that there were actually several versions of the finale’s ending. But they ultimately went with this one only. In a new interview with Marvel.com, he said:
“There were different versions of [the ending and] it was something that was developed over the hiatus. It was finally kind of locked in, like, alright this feels right. We’ve maybe closed one chapter of the story and that is something that gives us thrilling propulsive energy into whatever happens next.”
So it’s clear. Writer Eric Pearson and the team decided to go with this theory because they felt that it did narrate a part of the story. But apart from that, it also sets the stage for the next season, which was announced in the mid-credit scene. For starters, we know that the second season will focus on the deranged TVA that is controlled by the TVA. This is further explained by Tom Hiddleston.
Kang Running The TVA
Back at the TVA, Loki has somewhat of a premonition. While convincing Sylvie to not kill He Who Remains, he tells her that he himself is a liar, but he doesn’t think that He Who Remains is lying. The latter tells them that he doesn’t know what will unfold after this. Hence telling them to take control of it all. But Sylvie does not agree and throws Loki back to the TVA. Hiddleston has explained this, he said:
“Something has changed reality, including the reality of the TVA. The three statues of the Time Keepers are no more. In their place is a statue of Kang. And that his friend Mobius doesn’t recognize him and doesn’t know who he is. His destabilization at that moment is profound.”
Speaking of introducing Kang so early in the MCU via Loki, director Kate Herron expressed her doubts. She was not sure whether Marvel would let them pull this off or not. It was a gamble, but they’ve won it. This is what Herron had to say about Jonathan Majors’ debut:
“It sets the table for future outings with them. It was a massive responsibility and privileged to bring that character to the screen. He’s such a different villain to Thanos. I remember what I saw in the outline when I first pitched [to direct the series]. I was, ‘It would be awesome if we got to do that.’ But things can change at the drop of a hat. I thought, ‘Well, maybe they’ll change it and say we’re not allowed.’ But they never did. That’s what’s so exciting about these TV shows, that they are going to interconnect with the movies in a big way. I found that really exciting, not only as a fan but just as a filmmaker.”
Now we’re going to see Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. And who knows, he might have a cameo in Doctor Strange 2 as well.
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