November 30, 2023

Loki season 2 episode 3 is now streaming on Disney Plus, and I’m dying to see the place the story takes us subsequent, contemplating what occurred in episode 2.

Loki is well my favourite a part of the Multiverse Saga thus far. The journey isn’t simply going to be key for the present saga. I additionally assume the occasions in Loki season 1 partly clarify what we’ve witnessed throughout the Infinity Saga that concluded with Avengers: Endgame.

The Loki season 1 finale is answerable for that. The massive reveal that comes with it’s {that a} Kang (Jonathan Majors) variant referred to as He Who Stays has been writing the screenplay of the Sacred Timeline for eons. It’s unbelievable, as is what Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) do in response.

But it surely seems that the finale might have delivered a unique twist, which could sound thrilling at first. There was an thought for Hiddleston additionally to play He Who Stays. Fortunately, they scrapped it throughout manufacturing. Earlier than I inform you why, I’ll warn you that some spoilers would possibly observe under.

The He Who Stays thought

Kevin Wright is likely one of the Loki co-producers who oversaw the challenge since its inception. The opposite is the primary star of Loki, Tom Hiddleston himself. Wright talked to Den of Geek about season 2, and that’s the place he revealed the tidbit in regards to the finale. That Hiddleston might play He Who Stays.

“In improvement, it was at all times the thought of He Who Stays, who just isn’t Kang within the comics, however for us, it was at all times going to be a model of him,” Wright stated. He then recalled they considered Hiddleston for the function as effectively.

Kang (Jonathan Majors) in Loki finale. Picture supply: Marvel Studios

“Within the writers’ room, all concepts are on the desk, and there have been conversations about what if Loki was He Who Stays,” Wright stated. “These conversations didn’t get very far; I don’t assume it even obtained to Tom [Hiddleston] as a result of whereas there’s something enjoyable about that, and there are compelling features to it, it makes the universe really feel small. So, it was at all times going to be He Who Stays, at all times a model of Kang.”

He Who Stays may appear a villain at first, and Sylvie’s response is perhaps comprehensible. However the extra you concentrate on it, the extra you understand that He Who Stays transitioned to a extra heroic function in some unspecified time in the future in his distant previous, even when that meant creating the TVA and manipulating actuality.

He did it to stop the world from descending into one other multiversal struggle. However Sylvie ruined these plans by murdering him.

Loki considerably suits the He Who Stays profile

We’re within the multiversal wars proper now. However, just like the Avengers and different MCU characters we love, we’re unaware of it. However, Loki is aware of what’s occurring, although he won’t have realized the issue’s immediacy. He nonetheless thinks there’s a option to repair it, which he’s been attempting to do for the previous few season 2 episodes.

That implies that Loki has transitioned into a job that is perhaps unfamiliar to him. This Loki variant is now a hero somewhat than a villain. And I’ve a sense we’ll see extra of him doing heroic deeds than the Loki model that died in Infinity Struggle. That may be one similarity to He Who Stays.

Keep in mind that the He Who Stays Kang variant was a Conqueror at one level. A villain doing unspeakable issues. However then he met his different variants and determined to take a stance towards them.

(L-R): Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Ke Huy Quan as O.B. and Owen Wilson as Mobius in Loki season 2.
(L-R): Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Ke Huy Quan as O.B. and Owen Wilson as Mobius in Loki season 2. Picture supply: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

The Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is perhaps the closest factor we get to He Who Stays’s villainous days. I at all times thought Kang would flip into He Who Stays by the top of Avengers: Secret Wars.

That form of character improvement could be much like Loki’s. The God of Mischief would match the function. However I believe having Kang turn out to be He Who Stays fits the story significantly better.

It’s additionally the higher alternative for your entire Multiverse Saga, serving to set up a multiverse villain the Avengers must face. But in addition an ally they’d must work with. That’s as a result of we’ll meet a number of Kang variants throughout the Multiverse Saga.

What if Tom Hiddleston performed a Kang variant?

To not point out that having three Lokis within the finale scenes would have been an excessive amount of for the viewers. It will have additionally posed some points to the general plot of the Multiverse Saga. Any model of Loki we met thus far doesn’t appear able to creating the TVA and the Sacred Timeline. In distinction, Kang has the data and technical experience to make it occur.

With Loki changing into He Who Stays, Marvel would have gone into uncharted territory, having to elucidate how the God of Mischief grew to become this expert grasp of time. It doesn’t really feel proper.

Add to that the dynamic between the three actors within the finale. Who is aware of whether or not Jonathan Majors’ authorized troubles will stop him from showing within the MCU once more after Loki season 2. However there’s no denying that he did an incredible job along with his He Who Stays and Kang roles.

There may be one model of the script that would have labored for Marvel. Tom Hiddleston might have performed a Kang variant who grew to become He Who Stays. The similarity to many Loki variants of the MCU could be uncanny. However Marvel might clarify it away. Nonetheless, it could be complicated for an viewers that already has rather a lot on its plate to know the complicated time journey and multiverse guidelines that Loki delivers.