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Did ‘Loki’ just tease something for future Avengers movie?

The Inverse has a theory about Loki and Avengers 5

The planet Lamentis on “Loki.” Is there another Time Keeper in the series?
A scene from “Loki” on Disney+.
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A new theory from The Inverse suggests the latest “Loki” episode might have offered a hint at the big bad Marvel Cinematic Universe villain — one that could be the new Thanos in the eventual “Avengers 5” movie.

What happened in ‘Loki’

In the recent episode of “Loki,” both Loki and Sylvie disappeared from the Time Variance Authority offices and arrived on the planet Lamentis.

The duo then rush to escape Lamentis as it faces impending doom with pieces of a moon falling toward it. Loki and Sylvie know the planet ends up annihilated because its timeline runs out due to an apocalypse.

The two did not escape by the time the episode ended, so we’ll have to wait and see how they leave Lamentis in the next episode.

Lamentis could have revealed villains

In the Marvel comics, the planet showed up during the “Annihilation” arc of comics. That set of stories gave us the Annihilation Wave — a “full armada” that “includes more than 15,000 ships, weapons capable of destroying entire planets, and a seemingly unlimited army of bug-like soldiers” that “destroyed many worlds and even killed cosmic beings like the Celestials and Galactus,” according to The Inverse.

The arc introduced us to a villain named Phalanx. And who is this Phalanx character? Well, The Inverse describes the villainous creature as “a cybernetic hivemind that travels the universe destroying planets and choosing whether various civilizations are worthy of being assimilated into its collective consciousness.”

What we know about ‘Avengers 5’

We don’t know a ton about the fifth “Avengers” film. Nothing has been announced so far. But Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige said back in January 2021 that there will be more “Avengers” films in the future.

  • “I would have to think so. I would have to say yes, at some point. It’s a good title. Could use that,” he told IGN
  • “We had a movie this year called ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and it is very much an ending, as you saw, to so many of those characters,” Feige told IGN. “So Phase 4 is about beginnings, and Phase 4 is about learning new things about characters you already think you know, like Black Widow; meeting incredible new characters like the Eternals and Shang-Chi.”

There’s been some speculation that Captain Marvel may be the new leader of the Avengers when that fifth film comes around. But there’s also belief she could become a villain, too since that’s what happened in a recent comic book story (in which a villain named Vox Supreme forced Captain Marvel to attack the Avengers squad, giving her powers similar to Thor and She-Hulk).

  • “The studio is taking a bit of inspiration from a recent arc in the comics where Captain Marvel turns evil and apparently, the plan is to have her possessed by an evil entity from space,” according to We Got This Covered, a news and rumors site for entertainment projects.

However, the report suggested the villain switch would be teased at the end of “Avengers 5” and then become a storyline in “Captain Marvel 3.”