Warning: This article contains slight spoilers for the “Loki” Season 1 finale.
The “Loki” Season 1 finale gave us a new Marvel villain — one who will almost certainly be back in future projects — in the character He Who Remains.
Who is He Who Remains?
In the “Loki” finale, Loki and Sylvie arrive at the Citadel at the End of Time, where they meet with He Who Remains, a human man who lives at the end of time and has been controlling the Time Variance Authority and the Time Keepers.
He Who Remains reveals himself to be a man from Earth, who lived during the 31st century. He explains that he and other variants of himself discovered the multiverse and eventually met each other. From there, they started a Multiversal War for the fate of the universe (the Multiversal War was mentioned earlier in “Loki” as a reason for the TVA).
He Who Remains doesn’t have a specific name, though. He says he’s gone by a number of names over the years.
Who plays He Who Remains?
Is He Who Remains also Kang the Conquerer?
We’re pretty sure that’s the case. Majors is set to play Kang the Conquerer in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” This all but confirms that He Who Remains is essentially Kang the Conquerer. In fact, He Who Remains even mentions that he’s gone by several names over the years, which includes being called a conquerer.
Who is He Who Remains in the Marvel comics?
This is where the Marvel Cinematic Universe diverged a little bit from the comics. In the Marvel comic books, He Who Remains is a legitimately older, wiser man who lived at the end of time. Per the Marvel Wiki, He Who Remains created the Time Twisters, who would time travel into the past to destroy different universes.
However, the MCU version of He Who Remains creates the TVA to stop timelines from branching off. And, it appears He Who Remains is basically Kang the Conquerer, which suggests another variation from the comic book storyline.