Loki Was Originally Considered as The Ultimate Bad for the Multiverse Saga

While a version of Kang officially took on the role of He Who Remains, Loki was originally considered as the last man standing in the multiversal war.

Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has had one of the biggest journeys in character development in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character first appeared as a villain, whose plan was to take over the world, causing a big battle against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the first Avengers film.

Since then, the character has fought alongside his brother, caused mischief, been killed off and now, the character is going through a redemption arc in the Disney+ series, Loki. Season one of Loki left the character entangled with the events that are happening after the death of He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors). When it came to who will be He Who Remains, Loki was originally considered to take on the persona.


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According to co-executive producer for Loki seasons one and two, Kevin Wright, when it came to the development of who was going to portray the mysterious character, Loki was briefly talked about in taking over that role.

“In the writer’s room, all ideas are on the table, and there were conversations about what if Loki was He Who Remains. Those conversations didn’t get very far; I don’t think it even got to Tom [Hiddleston] because while there is something fun about that, and there are compelling aspects to it, it makes the universe feel small. So, it was always going to be He Who Remains, always a version of Kang.”

-Kevin Wright-

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Even though most viewers would’ve believed that Loki would’ve taken on the role since he is the God of Mischief and it would have been interesting to see another version of his character being one of the biggest characters revealed in the series, Wright says the idea of Kang as He Who Remains was part of the show’s concept from the beginning. “In development, it was always the idea of He Who Remains, who is not Kang in the comics, but for us, it was always going to be a version of him.”

In the comics, He Who Remains is a character that is named Immortus. Just like Kang, the character loved the green/purple aesthetic and had a personal timeline that depicted him as a future incarnation of the Conqueror. For Wright, he thought the He Who Remains title was a perfect name for the multiversal war.


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(L-R): Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Ke Huy Quan as O.B. and Owen Wilson as Mobius in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

It’s not a surprise that the events that are happening in Loki will unravel a whole new story in the Multiverse Saga. According to Wright, there has been a lot of communication between the different teams in Marvel Studios. “There is a lot of communication. Just yesterday, I was talking to the What If? team who are preparing their next plans. A very lovely gentleman, Drew Greenberg, was tasked with keeping track of all this stuff. It’s fluid, but there is constant communication, so people aren’t stepping on each other’s toes.”

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Wright also says that when it comes to Loki‘s future, there is still room and more stories to be told about Loki, Sylvie, and the TVA.

“We’re dreaming stuff up. But we wanted to give season two a proper conclusion to the story that we started in season one. But these are characters and a world that we’d love to continue with if there’s a way to do it organically.”

-Kevin Wright-

The first two episodes of Loki season two are available now on Disney+ with new episodes premiering every Thursday at 6pm PST. You can check out our review here.

About Loki Season 2

Loki Season 2

Release Date: October 6, 2023
Directed by: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Dan Deleeuw, Kasra Farahani
Head Writer: Eric Martin
Executive Producers: Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad
Winderbaum, Kevin R. Wright, Tom Hiddleston, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Eric Martin, Michael
Co-Executive Producer: Trevor Waterson
Production: Marvel Studios
Distribution: Disney+
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene
Cordero, Rafael Casal, Tara Strong, Kate Dickie, Liz Carr, Neil Ellice, with Jonathan Majors, Ke Huy Quan
and Owen Wilson

“Loki” Season 2 picks up in the aftermath of the shocking season finale when Loki finds himself in a battle for the soul of the Time Variance Authority. Along with Mobius, Hunter B-15 and a team of new and returning characters, Loki navigates an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous multiverse in search of Sylvie, Judge Renslayer, Miss Minutes and the truth of what it means to possess free will and glorious purpose.

What do you guys think? Would you have liked to see Loki in the role of He Who Remains? What is one thing you would’ve changed differently in the series? Are you keeping up with season two? Let us know and don’t forget to check out our socials! If you like this article, make sure to follow us for more content.

Source: Den of Geek

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