The final episode of Loki released today on Disney+. You can read my thoughts on the previous episode here or continue reading for my initial thoughts on episode 6. Be warned – spoilers below!
The excitement has gradually been building towards the season finale of Loki and the sixth and final episode did not disappoint! After a somewhat slow start to the series, the final few episodes really began to pick up and not only cause major implications for the series itself, but potentially for the whole MCU.
In one of the final episodes of WandaVision, we saw villain Agatha Harkness near enough take over the opening Marvel credits, putting her spin on the usual red Marvel logo. This week we saw something similar in the final episode to Loki, with various quotes taken from numerous moments in the MCU combining with the opening credits in what very much felt like a prelude to a major Marvel villain… and what a great indicator it was!
We finally met the mastermind behind the whole TVA, the mysterious “He Who Remains”. Whilst not adopting the name ‘Kang the Conqueror’ in the final episode, it became fairly obvious that is who he was. Whilst I was expecting a much more fearsome villain, hellbent on ruling all the timelines, I really liked the character, particularly as we learnt more and more about him throughout the episode.
We learnt that he was a scientist from the 31st Century whom created the TVA to save the timeline from being destroyed by evil variants of himself. This explanation really felt like a coming together of all the pieces of the series thus far and whilst his approach is a little dictatorial, I could certainly see the logic in his plan. The prospect of a multiversal timeline war with numerous Kang the Conquerors definitely has the potential to serve as a much greater threat than Thanos ever did.
It’s reported that Kang the Conqueror will be the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania which releases in 2023, which I’m assuming will be the next time we see him in the MCU. I’m guessing this will be one of the evil variant versions of Kang as mentioned by He Who Remains in the final episode. I doubt this will be the only time we can expect to see a Kang variant as a villain, but I’m fascinated to watch how he intertwines into numerous storylines across the MCU.
Throughout the episode, the focus switches between Loki, Slyvie and He Who Remains at the citadel, to Mobius and Ravonna Renslayer at the TVA. I loved the way that Mobius and B-15 managed to reveal that they were variants to the other TVA Minutemen by visiting 2018 and showing Ravonna as a variant herself. It didn’t surprise me that Ravonna was a teacher in another life, given how commanding she is at the TVA, but again I really liked the way the episode glued everything together.
At the end of the episode, we see Slyvie send Loki back to the TVA before killing He Who Remains. Loki rushes to tell Mobius that his variants are coming to wage war, only for Mobius not to recognise Loki as a result of an evil variant of Kang already conquering the MCU Universe and taking control of a reset TVA. The camera panning to the statue of Kang at the end of the episode was a totally jaw dropping moment and rounded off arguably the best season finale of any of the three Marvel television series to date.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the final episode and the numerous possibilities that it can open up. With the timeline branching into so many directions, I could certainly see Loki directly leading into Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, particularly with all the speculation and rumours we’ve heard to date. I can’t wait to see where the MCU goes from here!
Loki is available to stream on Disney+.