How Loki Could Fit into the Larger MCU

With 5 episodes of twists and turns we wonder just how the last episode will wrap everything up and what it could introduce to the MCU.

Elena Naze

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: July 14th, 2021 6:02 pm pst

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The last episode of Loki was released today on Disney+. Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier both ended with unfinished stories. Wandavision set up for the new Doctor Strange movie: Multiverse of Madness, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set up Sam Wilson for his own solo Captain America movie. 

With so many questions left unanswered we’re curious how the finale could set up future projects. So let’s dive into some theories. 

This contains spoilers for Loki episodes 1-5. 

Hank the Conqueror is in the Castle. 

In the comics, Alioth is tied to Kang the Conqueror, who will be in Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. If the MCU chooses to introduce Kang as the man behind the TVA, then it could set up the villain nicely for the next Ant Man and the Wasp movie. 

Doctor Doom is in the Castle. 

Doctor Doom is from the Fantastic Four franchise and lives in a castle of Doom. While a less likely theory than Kang the Conqueror, Marvel has been setting up the introduction of the X-men and Fantastic Four for a while now and this could be their way of doing it. Could the Doctor Doom castle be a troll and fun cameo like Evan Peters Pietro was? Yes, but Marvel has confirmed the Fantastic Four movie will be released in 2023, so this could be a nod and a way to open the door for them inside the MCU. 

Judge Renslayer is behind the TVA.

While a less popular theory than Kang, this could be the one that turns out. Having the villain be someone we’ve already been exposed to makes sense and would be one of the most satisfying endings story wise. And Renslayer being the villain could still set up Kang the Conqueror and the events of the Ant Man and the Wasp movie. In the comics, she has been referred to as “Mistress of Time” and has a complicated relationship with Kang. In the comics he conquers her home and spares her because he loves her. After refusing him, he attempted time and time again to woo her. 

Introducing Ravonna Renslayer has certainly set up the introduction to Kang. But then why would Renslayer be behind the TVA and not Kang? In the comics she sometimes posed as Kang to keep his empire safe and investigated different eras throughout time where she found Alioth. 

If Renslayer really is behind it, there will almost certainly be a mention of Kang which will set them both up for Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Let us know your thoughts on what your hoping for the future of the MCU!

About The Author:

Elena Naze is a journalism major at Emerson College and an intern at Afterbuzz TV. She loves entertainment news and is a big fan of reality TV, Marvel, and all anything musical!

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