Well, that was quick — the series finale of “Loki” is here, and we’re still as unsure about what’s going to happen as we were at the beginning of the show.
“Loki” has told the story of the 2012 version of Loki being captured by the Time Variance Authority, who oversees the Sacred Timeline by eliminating any variants. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has met the likes of Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) along the way as he has searched for answers on who is behind the TVA.
Now, Loki and Sylvie must enter into this unknown realm, where there’s a castle waiting for them. The leader of the TVA is supposedly inside that castle.
There are plenty of things that can happen in the upcoming “Loki” finale, so we’ve broken them down below. If you have more ideas, drop them in the comments below the article.
The ruler of the TVA
We will likely meet the ruler of the Time Variance Authority in the upcoming finale. But it’s unclear whether or not Marvel is pulling an “aerospace engineer” or not. For those unaware, the “aerospace engineer” was a frequently mentioned character in “WandaVision” who never showed up in the show, despite heavy hype. So that’s the real question — will the leader of the TVA be a fun twist that reshapes the order of the MCU? Or will it be a whimper of a reveal that tells us nothing?
There’s heavy speculation that the ruler of the TVA will turn out to be Kang the Conquerer. There are some other theories that the leader will be Loki’s mom, Frigga, too. One theory suggests Baron Mordo, from “Doctor Strange,” could be behind the madness, especially with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” set to be released next year.
Clearly, Marvel has plenty of fun options. Introducing Kang into the MCU would likely be our first glimpse at the new phase of Marvel’s big villain and totally reshape what we know about what’s next. Introducing older cast members — like Frigga or Mondo — are nice twists that can make sense, but they limit the expansiveness of the finale.
At the same time, “Loki” could be pulling a “Wizard of Oz” on us. Sylvie has often mentioned the phrase “man behind the curtain,” which is a reference to the non-powerful leader of Oz as seen in the “Wizard of Oz.” So could the same thing happen here? Is the TVA really being run by no one?
Just set yourself up for any possibility. Don’t embrace the hype too much, but don’t ignore it. Something really fun — or boring — could happen. So be prepared for both.
Agent Mobius and a Jet Ski
I would be shocked if we didn’t see Agent Mobius ride a Jet Ski by the end of the finale. We know he has always been fascinated by the aquatic vehicle. So it seems only right that “Loki” would provide a huge payoff and show us Mobius riding a Jet Ski. They can easily make it happen, too, by showing us flashbacks of Mobius’ life before he became a member of the TVA. Maybe he was a Jet Ski champion — or the inventor of the Jet Ski. Either way, it would be nice to see one of the most heartwarming characters of the show get their payoff.
Judge Renslayer and the meaning of the TVA
It’s hard to determine where we will find Judge Renslayer by the end of this episode. We know she’s on the hunt for Loki and Sylvie, and we know she is going to face off with Agent Mobius when he returns to the TVA. But she still seems in search of answers about the TVA’s meaning and where it fits in the world. We’ll likely find out more about her background and what she knows about Mobius, Loki variants and more as the show comes to an end. She’s also a strong candidate as a post-credits scene character, setting up the next stage of the MCU.
Post-credits — ‘Doctor Strange 2’ or King Alligator Loki?
It’s almost a guarantee that we will get some sort of post-credits scene from “Loki.” But the only question is — what will it set up next?
On one hand, the post-credits scene could lean into the show’s comedic root and play homage to a joke from throughout the show. Maybe this is where we see Agent Mobius on a Jet Ski, finally free of the TVA. Or maybe this is where we learn that the Alligator Loki has taken the throne at the end of time. A show full of comedy has limitless possibilities for what could happen.
But “Loki” has an opportunity to set up future Marvel films, especially ones that connect to this show. We’ve heard before that “Loki” and “WandaVision” directly connect to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” — so a scene linking the series to the film could happen. It would almost be fitting to see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) show up in “Loki” since Loki was a central part of the original “Doctor Strange” mid-credits scene.
In all likelihood, we’ll see two scenes after the show ends — one in the mid-credits, one in the post-credits. The mid-credits scene may set us up for a future spinoff or payoff of a comedic moment in the show. But all the evidence is there that the post-credits scene will bring us closer to understanding where the new “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is going. So I’d expect something closer to that.