So there we have it folks, Loki just delivered on the promise alluded to in countless references and teases: introducing us to Kang the Conqueror—or at least one version of him. While it may seem a fool’s errand to introduce the mastermind behind it all as a completely new character we had not yet seen, Loki does the smart thing by essentially turning over this final episode to the actor to sell us on who this guy is and why he matters so much; and, believe me, Johnathan Majors was more than up to the task.
I may have jumped the gun there but let’s just cut to the chase, this episode was all about Kang. The big reveal is that Kang was the man behind the TVA, and it seems it is all as part of his personal goal to protect the universes from the various versions of himself which had enacted multiversal war for supremacy. Loki and Sylvie debate about what should be done, and the dilemma they must come to terms with is whether Kang was right to create the TVA and try to prune the timeline—as he had been doing—or if the natural chaos of the multiverse should be allowed to run wild and free, even if it may potentially free countless dangerous variant forms of Kang into the ether.
Ultimately, Sylvie makes the decision for the both of them, sending Loki back to the TVA and killing Kang who delivers a devilish “See you soon” to Sylvie before he dies. The episode then ends on a pretty big cliffhanger, with Loki returned to the TVA realising that the Time Keeper mythology has been replaced with some Kang mythology and Mobius has no idea who he is. This is all in service of setting up what will be a second season of Loki of course.
Overall, I thought this episode and the series at large did well not to repeat the mistakes of the past two Marvel Disney+ series. WandaVision, for example, over indulged in red herrings which left many audience members disappointed when characters like Mephisto or the X-Men–movie version of Quiksilver didn’t come to be a part of the show, instead opting for Agnes—a character we had known all along—having secretly been the villain behind things. Loki does the opposite here, it teased Kang for weeks and it ultimately delivered on that. Sometimes doing the expected outcome proves to be most satisfying, especially when it makes the most storyline sense, and that very much is the case with the Kang reveal.
All in all, I think Loki is the best Disney+ series yet and with the multiverse well and truly running wild now, the future of the MCU just got a lot more exciting—with the possibilities seemingly being endless. It looks like we won’t have to wait too long to find out what will be happening next with Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness both rumoured to be exploring the multiverse and Kang having been announced to appear in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. The multiverse is going to be a lot of fun to explorem but here’s to hoping that Mobius can finally get a ride on that jet ski in season two.