Loki's season 1 finale made for a bitter-sweet moment for MCU fans. On one hand, it meant the end for arguably the best MCU TV series to air (granted, there have only been three). On the other hand, we also learned that a second season is on its way. In addition to this, the genuinely surprising twist in the cliffhanger of an ending is getting fans excited for everything that's coming next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Less than a week later and fans are still talking about how season 1 of Loki ended, especially with Marvel Studios dropping a TV poster featuring Jonathan Majors' character, He Who Remains.
Why can't fans get enough of the Loki Season 1 finale?
Before anything else, we'd like to warn you that there'll be some heavy spoilers ahead. If you haven't watched the season 1 finale of Loki or if you have not watched any episode at all yet, we recommend that you stay away.
Now that we've said that, let's talk about that very ambiguous ending.
To say that Tom Hiddleston's Loki TV show was ambitious might not even begin to describe the scope of what it was trying to accomplish. For one thing, Marvel Studios was banking on the popularity of Hiddleston's portrayal of the Norse god of mischief. It also introduced a lot of foreign elements to the MCU that only the most hardcore of comic fans would have been able to relate to.
For those that don't know, the Loki TV series follows the titular anti-hero just after he escapes the custody of the Avengers in his timeline by using the Tesseract. The only problem was that he didn't exactly escape. Instead, he found himself in the hands of the Time Variance Authority (TVA).
Loki then talks them into letting him help find the Loki variant (yes, there are other versions of him in the show) that do not fit what the TVA is describing as the Sacred Timeline. Later during his travels, Loki meets a female version of himself, Sylvie, who is hell-bent on destroying the TVA herself.
Originally, we are led to believe that the Time-Keepers are the ones who are in charge. However, in Episode Four, we learned that these are mere automatons used by the real mastermind to hide his identity. The identity of the final villain is then revealed at the end of the season.
As it turns out, He Who Remains is the one who has created the Sacred Timeline. He is masterfully portrayed by Jonathan Majors as an intelligent being who seeks to stop what he refers to as the Multiversal War. He's essentially the reason why the MCU's timeline is as it is.
This pretty much explains why his Loki poster has some pretty serious Jesus allusions.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 19, 2021
As big of a twist as He Who Remains' reveal was, the season finale leaves audiences' jaws dropping on the floor as it shows Sylvie killing He Who Remains. This effectively gives birth to the one thing that comic book fans have long been waiting for - the Multiverse.
Just as the first season of Loki ends, we see a statue of a variant of He Who Remains. Both Mobius and B-15 also don't recognize Loki anymore. This suggests a lot of things. We can theorize that the proverbial wheels for the Multiverse have truly been set in full motion. If this is true, then the MCU has forever been changed.
Just how much of the MCU has changed is something that we'll find out once the Multiverse of Madness premieres.
As for season 2 of Loki, don't expect it to premiere anytime soon. Although deep discussions for the second season have already begun, it will at least be a year before we see the first trailer drop, let alone for the new season to premiere.