Why Marvel Used Loki To Introduce Phase 4’s Thanos

There are multiple reasons the Marvel Cinematic Universe used Disney’s Loki series to introduce Phase 4’s villainous Thanos replacement.

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Loki episode 6.

There are multiple reasons that the Marvel Cinematic Universe used Disney’s Loki to introduce Phase 4’s new Thanos-level villain, a.k.a. Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror. In the Loki finale, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Sophia Di Martino’s Lady Loki make it to the Citadel at the End of Time, discovering a Kang variant (Majors) is behind the Time Variance Authority. This variant, who goes by He Who Remains, offers the two Loki variants a chance to take his place and rule the TVA. But Lady Loki kills him, thinking it’s a lie. The act unleashes the Multiverse on the MCU.

Before his death, He Who Remains explains everything. A Kang variant lived in the 31st century and learned that there were universes stacked on top of his own. Other Kang variants also learned this at the same time, and they eventually made contact. There was a temporary peace where the Kang variants used the best parts of their universes to make the others better. However, it wasn’t long before some Kang variants wanted to conquer. A war then broke out in the MCU’s Multiverse. To put everything in order, He Who Remains created the TVA and the Sacred Timeline.

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Loki perfectly sets up Kang as the big bad of the MCU. In the finale, He Who Remains makes it clear that killing him will leave the Sacred Timeline completely exposed. With He Who Remains out of the way, an infinite number of Kang variants will start a Multiversal War all over again. “You came to kill the devil, right?” he taunts the two Loki variants, adding, “If you think I’m evil, well, just wait till you meet my variants.” When Lady Loki kills He Who Remains, the Multiverse branches off into chaos. The act seemingly makes the Kang variant’s prediction come true, cleverly establishing the character as Marvel’s new Phase 4 villain.

Unlike Thanos’ introduction, Loki makes Kang more fleshed out. Thanos was first introduced in a tease in 2012’s The AvengersWhile he made other brief appearances in the MCU over the years, the Mad Titan was always in the background. Thanos didn’t truly make an impact in the MCU until 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Loki changes that formula for Kang. Ahead of Kang’s appearance as the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaLoki establishes how powerful he is. Though he’s just a man, he’s been affecting all the MCU events since the beginning. By controlling time, he controls everything. Magic and Infinity Stones pale in comparison to the power of Kang’s TVA, and that’s just one variant. More Kangs are coming.

It’s fitting that the God of Mischief introduces Kang in the Loki finale. Loki was also involved in Thanos’ introduction in Avengers, receiving the scepter from Thanos for his attack on New York. He knows how powerful Thanos was, and he understands Kang is even more formidable. Plus, Loki is all about chaos, so it makes sense that a God of Mischief variant is the one to bring chaos to the MCU timeline. And with an infinite number of Kang variants on the way, the MCU will be in chaos for the foreseeable future.

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Loki will return in Season 2.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
  • Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023

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