Loki Season 1 ended with endless possibilities and hinted at everything possible while saving some for the second season. We saw a version of Loki, which says too little. We saw a lot of the variants of Loki but we saw an entirely new narrative of our Loki. His character developed in a much different pattern compared to the previous narratives. This was not only because he was the prime character and also because of his interaction with Mobius and Sylvie. Though not much of the character of Kang is shown, there is a hint at the end of how big a threat he poses to the MCU. It’s no biggie until one starts considering that Kang will appear in Eternals(!).
Jonathan Majors, who portrayed Kang in Loki, is supposed to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as Kang the Conqueror. A major theory suggests that the TVA exists inside the quantum realm as a city. There are hints of that being a major possibility since Avengers used the Quantum Realm for traveling through time. The same can be the logic behind the time-traveling capabilities of TVA. Though there are no major hints to what might happen in the next Ant-Man movie we can expect a certain continuity coming from the Loki Season 1. As the ending of the Loki suggested, multiple variants of Kang might show up from the different parallel universes. One of these could show up in Quantamania and portray the antagonist.
Eternals – Kang the Conqueror connection
It has been hinted that Kang just might be the next biggie to challenge the MCU. It is quite a fitting idea considering Thanos was introduced by Loki himself and the same is happening again in terms of Kang the Conqueror. Kang’s appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is confirmed. There is a possibility that Kang might appear earlier than that. The first look at the trailer of Eternals hints at certain possibilities of Kang’s appearance. The major hint at that is the chance that the villain Rama-Tut might appear in the Eternals. Rama-Tut traveled in time to go to prehistoric Egypt and became a ruler there. Kang is a reincarnation of this character himself. One can imagine Rama-Tut being a parallel universe version of Kang abusing his power as a time traveler.
Eternals will take us a long long time back in the MCU and introduce us to new characters who might end up devising and directing the new path taken by the MCU. Even though Eternals was supposed to release in November of last year, which is a long time before the Loki series appeared. Maybe, Eternals was supposed to give us a taste of what Kang the Conqueror might become which is still a relevant idea. Considering Season 1 of Loki just gave us a hint of what’s coming and nothing in terms of what it might look like and what effect it will have in the MCU as a whole. Getting a chance to see the Eternals fight against the variant of Kang before the second season of Loki would be an awesome opportunity.
Phase 4 Plans
Phase 4 will mostly explore the multiple parallel universe storylines, especially the upcoming What If…?. Which will challenge the idea of how things would have ended up if it was initiated in an entirely different manner. Loki is supposed to reappear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Which gives an idea of how essential Loki will remain for the rest of the MCU. Plus, Spider-Man: No Way Home is possibly also addressing the multiverse as referenced in the teaser for the title of the movie.
Eternals will be released on November 5, 2021. Marvel is jam-packed with multiple releases this year with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings releasing on September 3, 2021. This is followed by Eternals, and then Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled for December 17, 2021. Amongst the Disney Plus shows What If..? is supposed to arrive on August 11, 2021. Followed by Hawkeye on November 24, 2021, and then Ms. Marvel with a yet-to-be-announced release date.
As for the rest of the schedule, we’re going to get Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Deadpool 3, and Blade. We’ve also got several MCU shows for Disney Plus including Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, I am Groot, Armor Wars, Echo, Wakanda, and Okoye.