Loki head writer, Michael Waldron, says Judge Ravonna Renslayer has all the makings of a complex villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Loki episode 6
Loki head writer, Michael Waldron, says Judge Ravonna Renslayer has all the makings of a complex villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ series aired its season 1 finale on Wednesday, changing the MCU forever. Ever since Loki’s premiere, fans haven’t trusted the Time Variance Authority, Miss Minutes, or Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). Many thought Renslayer was the right-hand woman to the TVA’s true mastermind; turns out, she’s as much of a pawn as everyone else (aside from Miss Minutes?).
Following Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) revealing the TVA/Time-Keepers’ deception to Mobius (Owen Wilson) and B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), Renslayer doubles down on her devotion to the TVA’s mission; believing it can’t all be for nothing. In episode 6, “For All Time. Always,” Mobius confronts Renslayer while B-15 corrupts the other troops with the latter saying “only one person gets free will. The one in charge.” After a brief scuffle, she uses a TemPad to disappear through a time gate “in search of free will.”
Speaking with Marvel.com, head writer Waldron talked about Renslayer’s motives. Despite knowing the Time-Keepers are fake, she still believes what the TVA does is for the greater good. Read what Waldron had to say below:
She has the making of a very complex villain that has her own set of principles and beliefs that drive her,” said Waldron. “She doesn’t believe that what she’s doing is evil. She believes that the mission is for the greater good, and Renslayer probably wishes that she never learned that the Time Keepers were fake, that they had just been able to keep doing this forever.
It’s clear that Renslayer needs to believe she’s on the right side of TVA history. As Loki and Sylvie discover in the finale, the man behind the TVA’s curtain was actually He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors)—a variant of Kang the Conqueror who weaponized Alioth and founded the TVA to stave off versions of himself hell-bent on multiversal war. After explaining this, Loki second guesses freeing the Scared Timeline; unfortunately, Sylvie distracts Loki, sends him back to a TVA, and kills He Who Remains anyway. Heading into season 2, Renslayer will likely seek out a different version of Kang.
In the comics, Renslayer and Kang are not only both villains but lovers. In Loki’s finale, Miss Minutes gives Renslayer some unknown that He Who Remains thinks will be more useful. It’s entirely possible that Renslayer is/was his continuity plan, should the Lokis provoke multiversal madness. Maybe he even revealed to Renslayer the identity of his 31st-century variant (Nathaniel Richards?) so she can facilitate his return to power as He Who Remains. If this is indeed the case, given Loki’s last shot, a less pure-of-heart variant now rules the TVA. Whether that’s a byproduct of the once-school-principal Renslayer—who’s a proponent of order across all timelines—remains to be seen.
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