Loki — the latest TV show from the stables of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — has officially wrapped up, setting up Phase 4 of the MCU in the grandest possible manner. The sixth — the final — episode of the Disney+ show gave us a lot to think about, and in this piece, we will take a look at one of those burning questions — “Why did TVA have a statue of Kang the Conqueror?”
So, without further ado, let’s get to it.
What does Kang’s statue in the TVA mean?
In the final minutes of the first season of Loki, Kang the Conqueror was murdered by Sylvie in cold blood. Before Sylvie could plunge the blade into Kang’s heart, she played a cute little trick on Loki, sending him back to the TVA through a portal. The betrayal made Loki a silent observer of Kang’s murder, of course, but he wasn’t going to surrender without a fight.
I was excited to see He Who Remains make his MCU debut, but never expected to see a sort of "good" variant of him in the episode.
The look on Loki's face after the realization of what's happening and seeing that statue. Chills.
— iTrevor (@iLEADFARMER) July 14, 2021
So, he immediately went and tried to have a chat with Hunter B-15 and Mobius, telling them about the upcoming multiversal war. Surprisingly, not only did they not recognize Loki, but the God of Mischief also spotted a humongous statue of Kang the Conqueror in the TVA itself.
Before Sylvie’s blade went through Kang’s heart, the TVA used to worship the Three Timekeepers as the universe’s lord and savior. Now, following the death of the Sacred Timeline, infinite branches have emerged, paving way for the multiverse.
In this new timeline — which was created after the death of the Kang and the. Sacred Timeline — a new version of Kang is in charge of overseeing TVA. And by the looks of it, the new Kang isn’t scared of showing his face around the block. This would explain why Kang’s statue replaced the Time-Keepers and why neither Mobius nor Hunter B-15 managed to recognize Loki.
Is Kang alive in the MCU?
In the Sacred Timeline, there was no free will, Kang the Conqueror made sure of that. Sylvie, who was the victim of Kang’s dictatorship, took revenge for all the atrocities committed against her, killing Kang at the Citadel at the End of Time. This act of violence erased Kang in the Sacred Timeline, of course, but Kang’s only getting started in the MCU.
— ralp (@prncrlphyo) July 14, 2021
Following the death of Kang and the Sacred Timelined, the multiverse has been unleashed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinite timelines have branched out, with infinite variables and subtleties.
And in these timelines — most of them at least — Kang would be alive and thriving. And if Kang’s premonition is to be believed, the Kangs of the multiverse are infinitely more destructive than the ruler of the Sacred Timeline.
So, if you were worrying about not seeing Kang in action in the future, you can rest assured that the character would play an immense part in Phase 4 of the MCU.