‘Fibbed’ meaning in Loki Explained: Why did Kang say that?

The season finale of Loki hit many of us like a bag of bricks. Though there were already hints and easter eggs as to who would be revealed as the man behind the iron curtain, we now have a confirmation that Kang the Conqueror is the new supervillain the MCU will entertain in its larger multiversal drama.

But that wasn’t all. Even as He Who Remains is revealed as the all-knowing, time-traversing genius, the plot twists and thickens with the passage of time. One of the biggest moments of the finale was when the apparently omniscient Kang says, “Oh I fibbed”. But what did he mean by that?

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What does ‘fibbed’ mean?

In dictionary terms, a fib is a trivial lie, something we’d expect a Loki to say.

But in the world of supervillains, it’s hardly surprising to hear it from Kang the Conqueror (or his relatively benevolent variant at least).

One could consider fibbing to be a casual way of saying that someone told a little, apparently harmless lie, though if the liar is the one admitting to it, it most probably isn’t all that harmless.

Why did Kang (He Who Remains) say he fibbed?

So I fibbed,” says He Who Remains (or Kang) to Loki and Sylvie. “I fibbed earlier when I said I know how everything’s going to go.

Why does he say that? The important bit is what preceded his words – the distant thunderous sounds marking the arrival of something. Hearkening to it and understanding that they’re ar a crucial juncture, Kang tells them that they have now passed a threshold.

This ‘threshold’ is where his foresight ends, which also means he is now powerless against Sylvie and Loki should they decide to kill him, an action that could disrupt the sacred timeline forever and create unrelenting branches that could bring back the other, nastier variants of He Who Remains. Loki knows that this is when their interlocutor is actually telling the truth. But Sylvie kills him anyway, choosing vengeance over a bigger, glorious purpose.

In a way, Kang wasn’t fibbing, or lying earlier when he said he knew how everything’s going to go, at least up till a certain point. As soon as that point passes, the truth turns to a lie. It would be interesting to see now how the madness unleashed will be dealt with in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. However it does, we can’t wait to find out.


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