Warning: Spoilers follow for episode six of Loki, “For All Time. Always.”
The Loki season finale may have given us some answers—we now know the identity of the man behind the curtain at the TVA—but it also left us with plenty of questions. A new video on the Emergency Awesome channel breaks down the convoluted plot of the episode, as well as pointing out the many Marvel Easter eggs that were peppered throughout, which may serve as clues for what lies ahead in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The MCU references started thick and fast this week, with audio from previous movies playing over the usual Marvel Studios logo introduction, including catchphrases like “Wakanda forever” from Black Panther and “higher, further, faster” from Captain Marvel, as well as countless quips from other major characters throughout the last decade of adventures.
A couple of these were even callbacks-within-callbacks: Steve Rogers can be heard saying “I can do this all day” to his future self in Avengers: Infinity War, nodding to the previous times he’s said exactly that, and the music that played at the very start was a song from the first Captain America movie, which Steve and Peggy finally danced to in Infinity War. It was a neat way to sum up the first three phases of the MCU, right before blowing that continuity wide open at the end of the episode.
Once the episode actually started, it wasn’t long before Miss Minutes appeared to Loki and Sylvie in the citadel and dropped a huge name from the comics: He Who Remains. This is a figure who exists at the end of time, who many fans had been speculating would turn up, and he does, albeit in a very different form — played by Jonathan Majors, who has been cast as Kang in the MCU.
In the credits of this episode, Majors is listed as He Who Remains, and so it looks like Marvel lifted that name from the comics and bestowed it on this variant of the character, who appears to be the oldest and wisest. Majors even refers to his having had many names in this episode, and it’s likely that we will meet them all now that a multiversal war is breaking out—including Rama-Tut, Immortus, and of course Kang the Conqueror, who has seemingly taken over the TVA in the new timeline.
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