This text incorporates MAJOR spoilers for Loki Episode 6.
The Loki season finale launched a serious character—or at the least his actor—to the MCU. In “For All Time. Always,” Loki and Sylvie attain the Citadel on the finish of time and are met by He Who Stays, the person behind the TVA and the Sacred Timeline.
He Who Stays is performed by Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors, who is about to seem as MCU villain Kang the Conquerer within the upcoming Ant Man & Wasp: Quantumania. As we be taught from He Who Stays, there are numerous incarnations of himself throughout the multiverse, and a few of them are set on ruling the timeline. Whereas the character introduction itself is thrilling, it’s what He Who Stays represents for the MCU moving forward that makes the reveal really game-changing.
“[The introduction] confirmed that the movies and the TV are so entwined with one another,” says director Kate Herron, who performed a serious position in shaping the primary season of Loki. “You’d assume that the TV [shows] may simply be smaller, like character research, that they may not have a much bigger ripple impact throughout the MCU. However once I got here to talk to [Marvel] in regards to the job, they instructed me about [Loki‘s] arc. We didn’t essentially know the way it was going to go down within the Citadel, however we did know that they had been going to satisfy He Who Stays and the multiverse can be born.”
It’s a very powerful MCU process a Marvel TV present has been given but and, after a protracted period of Marvel TV collection with worlds contained to Netflix, Freeform, or ABC, Loki is one thing new.
“Some folks may’ve thought we would have a bit nod [to Kang] or perhaps even the [Kang] statue second [we get] in episode six, however not meet the precise character,” continues Herron, noting the hole between viewers expectation heading into Loki Episode 6 and what all of us obtained within the season-ender. “That was mega to me. And, once more, it simply exhibits how integral the exhibits and entwined the exhibits are throughout the larger MCU.”
In accordance with Herron, it was already the plan to search out one actor to play each He Who Stays in Loki and Kang in Ant-Man 3 when she got here on board. Due to this, Herron, who directed all six episodes of the primary season, was a part of the Kang/He Who Stays casting course of alongside Ant-Man 3 director Peyton Reed, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and different Marvel executives. From Herron’s perspective, the information announcement that Majors had been forged as Kang in Ant-Man 3 helped protect the key that Kang (or reasonably certainly one of his variants) may play a task in Loki.
“It obtained introduced that [Majors] was in Ant-Man and I believe it form of pivoted [suspicion] away from us,” says Herron. “You already know, folks had been positively like, ‘Hmmm’ because the present unfolded, however I believe it positively helped disguise the key, which was nice.”
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