Five Characters We Hope Will Appear In Loki
Now that WandaVision and The Falcon (now Captain America) and The Winter Soldier have proven that Marvel is on the right track with their stellar Disney+ output, all eyes fall on Loki’s highly anticipated premiere to keep the streak rolling. While the Asgardian trickster god would likely revel in finally being the center of attention, it seems that this time, he might be in just a tad over his head.
Picking up where the story left off in Avengers: Endgame, this series will follow the escapades of a Loki who escaped via the Tesseract right after the Battle of New York. That said, he doesn’t seem to get very far as the timey-wimey shenanigans get him captured by the Time Variance Authority, a mysterious organization tasked with monitoring the space-time continuum and protecting the past, present, and future of reality.
Already confirmed to be joining Tom Hiddleston in Loki’s new chronology chronicles include Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Judge Ravonna Renslayer. However, aside from these two new characters, Marvel has been very tight-lipped regarding who will or will not appear in the series.
Because of that, we thought we would toss our hat in the ring a take a few guesses on potential guest stars. Here are our top picks for Marvel characters we most want to see in Loki.
Kang the Conqueror
As this series deals extensively with time travel, we can’t think of a better character to make an appearance than Kang the Conqueror. Time travel is kinda his thing…
A scholar (and possible descendant of the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards) from the 31st century, Kang discovered a device capable of time travel and immediately thought, “Where can I go and rule over as many people as possible?” His first attempt in ancient Egypt didn’t go so well, and when he tried to return to his original time, he overshot by a good thousand years or so. Finding a desolate post-apocalyptic future, he quickly sets himself up as that time’s new emperor.
Since then, he has been eagerly looking for more time periods he can bring under his grasp, putting him into conflict with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and just about every other hero in the Marvel Universe.
Kang is currently scheduled to appear in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, and will be played by Jonathan Majors. Still, in the comics, Kang has connections to Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character, Ravonna Renslayer. So the Time Variance Authority would be the perfect place for this crafty time manipulator to make his first MCU appearance. And speaking of Kang the Conquerer…
Marvel has been slowly sneaking members of the Young Avengers into the MCU. So far, we have seen Cassie Lang, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, and Elijah Bradley, with Kate Bishop on the horizon in the new Hawkeye series premiering later this year. This only leaves a few remaining members to introduce, one of which could pop up in Loki. This would be Iron Lad, a younger and more heroic iteration of Kang the Conqueror.
You see, apparently Kang was bullied a lot as a kid, and one such attack left him hospitalized for several years. So he did what anyone would do once they had access to time travel – he went back in time and rescued his younger self. But he didn’t stop there. He then showed young Kang all he would accomplish in the future by becoming a villainous conqueror of time and subjugating generations of people.
For someone who has seen the future, Kang lacks the gift of foresight, and this meeting did not go as planned.
Instead of inspiring his younger self to be bold and grab time by the horns, it terrified him. Not wanting to become such a villain, young Kang stole the time machine and escaped from his older self. Traveling back to present-day New York, he hoped to find the Avengers for help. Unfortunately, he arrived during a time when the iconic team had been disbanded. Realizing that the world was vulnerable without anyone defending it, he formed his own team of legacy heroes, the Young Avengers.
We need some more Asgardian representation on this list. And we can’t think of anyone better than Sif. Played by Jamie Alexander in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sif has long been absent from the MCU. She was missing from Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, without either film mentioning where she could be.
Maybe she had been displaced from space and time by Loki when he was ruling Asgard prior to Ragnarok? He did have the Tesseract in the vault at that time, along with a number of other magical artifacts, many of which he could have used to send her away, lest she becomes suspicious of his deceptions.
Sif is currently set to come back in Thor: Love and Thunder. It is high time for her return, and Loki may be the best place to reveal where she’s been before her next big-screen adventure.
The Living Tribunal
Now we are getting to a big concept character, because you can’t really have a bigger concept than warping the very threads of time itself. That is a cosmic-level threat, and as such, it only makes sense to bring in the cosmic level entities. The MCU has shown a few brief glimpses at some of these higher celestial beings in films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and Doctor Strange, but you don’t get much higher than the Living Tribunal.
First hinted at in Doctor Strange, the Living Tribunal is a being of supreme power and the ultimate arbiter in the Marvel Universe. However, he chooses to remain an impartial judge whose sole purpose is to protect the fabric of reality from all who would threaten it. The Living Tribunal is so powerful, he once commanded that the six Infinity Stones could no longer be used in tandem with each other, due to the great harm the Infinity Gauntlet caused.
It would make sense that if the MCU version of the Time Variance Authority answered to anyone in their quest to maintain the proper flow of time, it would be the Living Tribunal.
This one is a bit of a long shot, but remember that time device we mentioned before? The one found by Kang the Conquerer? Yeah, it was designed and built by Doctor Doom.
One of the most well-known and powerful Marvel antagonists, Doom had already mastered time travel before his very first appeared in Fantastic Four #5 in 1962. Since then, he has used it on several occasions to try to get the better of his adversaries.
A brilliant scientist, inventor, and sorcerer, Doctor Doom is the benevolent ruler of his own country in eastern Europe, Latveria. Despite this, he wants more and feels it is his right and duty to rule over all of humanity. And he might not be wrong about that. Doom has the distinction of being one of the few villains who has actually succeeded in taking over the world on more than one occasion.
With his potential to be the next big bad of the MCU now that Thanos has been defeated, it would be nice to see a few hints sprinkled in of Doom or Latveria in any upcoming MCU shows and films.
How did you like our choices? Who would you like to see leave their mark on the MCU timeline? Leave a comment below and let us know. As always, don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!