Loki may have met his end at the hands of Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but you can’t keep a character as entertaining as he is down for long. When audiences saw the 2012 version of the character steal the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame,” it appeared as though enormous things were still in store for the character. That’s indeed the case, and thanks to that time heist, things are about to become very messy within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As Marvel fans witnessed in the “Loki” Season 1 finale, Loki and Sylvie finally made it to the end of time. As it turns out, the person waiting for them there (outside of a terrifying jump scare from Miss Minutes) was an entity known as “He Who Remains”. He may not give himself an actual name in the episode, but thanks to some behind-the-scenes information, audiences know Majors will play Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”
He Who Remains is merely a variant of the supervillain, which is actually in line with his comic book counterpart. Numerous iterations of Kang have come up in the comics, such as Rama Tut, Iron Lad, and Immortus. That last one is of particular interest to fans, who believe the version of Kang we saw in “Loki” is technically Immortus. Now, “Loki” director and executive producer Kate Herron has set the record straight.
Kate Herron explains that He Who Remains is ‘not technically Immortus’
“Loki” Season 1 was always filled with intrigue, especially when it came to Sylvie, the Loki variant. A lot of speculation ran rampant about who she actually was. With all the talk about how she could “enchant” anything, most people assumed she was the Marvel character known as Enchantress.
Of course, Sophia di Martino put all of those rumors to rest by confirming Sylvie was her own character explicitly created for the show. As it turns out, something similar could be said about He Who Remains.
In the aftermath of the season finale, Kate Herron spoke with Deadline about all things related to the newest big bad in the MCU. The first question she’s asked pertains to the true identity of He Who Remains and whether he’s the live-action version of Immortus. As she put it, “Kang is the variant, but he’s also not technically Immortus.
It’s a bit like Sylvie, right? She’s a unique character in relation to our story. He Who Remains is in the comics, but the version in our show was very different. He’s closer to Immortus, but he’s a unique character for our story. But Kang is a variant of that character.”
It sounds a bit confusing, but ultimately, it seems He Who Remains and Immortus will be two separate entities in the MCU. It’s probably for the best. He Who Remains met an untimely end in the Season 1 finale, so the doors remain open for Immortus to show up properly down the line.