He Who Remains, the man behind the TVA’s invention, made his debut in the recently ended Marvel Studio series. His appearance lays the stage for the appearance of his more malevolent counterpart, who is expected to be the main antagonist in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
It’s still too early to forecast the MCU’s next overarching narrative with only four projects in Phase 4. However, unlike WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Black Widow, which were primarily self-contained, character-driven stories, Loki’s activities are intended to affect the franchise’s future.
Aside from the creation of the multiverse, which will be referenced in films like What If…?, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the arrival of He Who Remains serves as a prelude to the subsequent introduction of Kang the Conqueror, who is expected to be the franchise’s next Thanos-level villain.
Given this, comparisons to the Mad Titan are practically inescapable; nevertheless, while additional information about him may not be released for some time, there are already several important differences between the evil characters.
Waldron explained the primary distinction between Kang the Conqueror and Thanos from the start during his guest visit on The Playlist Podcast. Fans should anticipate the new MCU villain to be more unstable than his predecessor, according to the Loki writer.
The time-traveling bad guy will be more chaotic if the Mad Titan’s nefarious machinations have a rhyme and purpose.
“The exciting thing about getting to originate that character on the page in the MCU was sorta creating a totally different energy than what Thanos is, which is measured and principled, almost monk-like in his evil aspirations. And obviously, He Who Remains is a much more squirrelly, chaotic, narcissistic presence, and so that was a lot of fun.”
Assuming Kang is the MCU’s next great bad, it’s practically a given that Marvel Studios will present him as a very different adversary. That way, it doesn’t feel like a carbon copy of what they’ve done before. Thanos’s reason wasn’t initially as convoluted as it turned out to be.
His schemes were motivated by his desire to pursue Lady Death, just as they were in the comics. However, as the Infinity Saga progressed, he evolved into a more sympathetic villain.
Even though what he sought to accomplish was ultimately wrong, he tried to rationalize it with an explanation that some may find comprehensible.
Kang the Conqueror, on the other hand, appears to be a straight-up villain, which could be entertaining to watch as the heroes try to defeat him.
The fact that different versions of him are being presented early in this next part of the plot suggests that he’ll be well-established by the time he battles the Avengers in the near future.
As a result, it’s possible that it’s still too early to tell what the MCU’s next Infinity Saga will be.
There are still a few initiatives in the works that might help the franchise’s new overall story get off to a stronger start. But it’s reasonable to say that whatever the universe’s future holds, Kang the Conqueror will play a key role in it.
Apart from his announced role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, he’s also likely to feature in Loki season 2.