Loki’s finale pulled a dazzling trick on the audience and changed the way the MCU will work, possibly forever. After a few false fan-theories of mephisto and multiverse in previous show of Wanda vision, it’s Loki and Sylvie who are responsible for yanking into a new era of the multiverse!
To recap, Loki and Sylvie began the episode entering the citadel at the end of time and they eventually met the person behind TVA; who is called ‘He Who Remains’ in the show. Sylvie was the one to betray Loki, kill He Who Remains, and spark the multiverse, but with the added surprise in mid credits of the episode announcing Loki Season 2, those plot elements will continue in the brave new worlds awaiting fans on the other side of this finale.
He Who Remains is one of many variants of a 22nd century scientist who discovered the multiverse and engaged in a war with his own variants over who gets to control their realities. He Who Remains is the victor of that war and established the TVA to make sure another version of himself is never born again, lest they be born more powerful or worse than himself. But since Sylvie has killed He Who Remains and without his guidance the timelines split, creating multiverses into which new He Who Remains variants will rise, including the great and terrible new variant in charge of the TVA. The variant known as Kang the Conqueror.
The actor Jonathan Majors was in the role of He Who Remains. He was previously announced as in the cast of Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania were generous hints that the man responsible for the TVA and the sacred timeline is Kang the Conqueror, but in another twist it turns out that He Who Remains isn’t quite the villain he seems.
The moment the timelines split into multiverses is the most significant event in the MCU since Thanos’ look in The Avengers post-credit scene. An MCU multiverse opens the doors to literally anything happening in these movies. They can have multiple variants of the same character, drag in the rest of the Marvel characters which are still not introduced like the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Inhumans with no further explanation, and have entire movies take place in a different reality to the rest of the present timeline and present reality of MCU.
The incredibly persistent rumors that the third Spider-Man movie in MCU will unite Tom Holland’s Peter Parker with that played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man and Tobey Maguire from the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy have been around. Alfred Molina even spilled the beans about coming back as Doctor Octopus in an interview and no one from the MCU said anything about it! Loki has finally established something which can be treated as reason for the Marvel multiverse to crack open and start crossing over, so let’s take this as a virtual confirmation that we’re getting a live action version of the Spider-verse. For real this time.
As confirmed before appearing in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange will also be in Spider-Man: No Way Home, so whatever multiversal problems he encounters in that movie will likely lead directly into his standalone that literally has the word multiverse in the title. Wanda Maximoff will also be in Multiverse of Madness, it’s possible that WandaVision’s post credit scene means that Wanda will use the multiverse’s existence to find real variants of her fake sons.
Depending on where Loki Season 2 falls in Phase 4, it may be before or after Thor: Love and Thunder premieres. There’s never been a Thor movie without a Loki, Even if Loki doesn’t appear, Thor’s cosmic connections and the Guardians of the Galaxy’s hunt for the 2013 Gamora variant from Avengers: Endgame make it likely that there will be some timeline or multiverse mess — maybe the Jane Foster who gains the power of Thor would be a variant? Who knows!
Finally, the movie we thought would introduce Kang and, to be honest, still might! Since Loki’s version of the character was He Who Remains and the end of Season 1 shows a statue of the variant Kang the Conqueror, If Season 2 of Loki airs before third ant-man movie we’ll have more information on the Conqueror variant’s.
Don’t forget, This is Loki; the god of mischief we’re talking about. Did we expect anything less than total chaos?