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‘Loki’ director explains how Kang is different than Thanos

Is Kang the new Marvel villain?

Kid Loki, Alligator Loki, Classic Loki, Boastful Loki and Loki.
Kid Loki, Alligator Loki, Classic Loki, Boastful Loki and Loki all in “Loki.”
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“Loki” director Kate Herron always wanted to bring Kang the Conquerer into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and, to her surprise, she got her wish.

What happened in the ‘Loki’ season finale?

In the season finale, Loki and Sylvie find themselves at the Citadel at the End of Time, where they meet with a man who goes by the name He Who Remains. The man proceeds to explain to them how he has been controlling the Sacred Timeline as a way to keep other variants of himself from escaping other timelines and ruining the universe.

He Who Remains is played by Jonathan Majors, who signed on to play Kang the Conquerer in the upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”

So though technically we didn’t meet Kang the Conquerer in “Loki,” we met a variant of him, who warned us of other variants on the way.

Did ‘Loki’ director confirm Kang?

Herron recently told Marvel.com that there was some pressure to bring Kang the Conquerer into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She said she really wanted to bring him in but was worried it would be changed. But the script didn’t change, and He Who Remains made his debut.

“It sets the table for future outings with them,” Herron told Marvel.com. “It was a massive responsibility and privileged to bring that character to the screen. He’s such a different villain to Thanos. I remember what I saw in the outline when I first pitched (to direct the series). I was, ‘It would be awesome if we got to do that.’ But things can change at the drop of a hat. I thought, ‘Well, maybe they’ll change it and say we’re not allowed.’ But they never did. That’s what’s so exciting about these TV shows, that they are going to interconnect with the movies in a big way. I found that really exciting, not only as a fan but just as a filmmaker.”

Where will Kang show up next?

As mentioned before, he’s likely to show up in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” He could also impact “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and Marvel’s “What If…?” — two upcoming Marvel projects that will deal with timelines, multiverses and more.

And it’s likely we’ll see Kang in “Loki” Season 2, which was confirmed in a mid-credits scene at the end of the finale.