During the “Loki” season finale, the titular mischief-maker (Tom Hiddleston) discovers the mysterious Kang had been pulling the strings of the Time Variance Authority to prevent even more disarray in the Marvel universe. Even with everything he’s told us about being a scientist from the 31st century, there’s a lot left to learn, but what we do know is that he’s one of the “nice” ones. When you take into account that his multiple variants were responsible for a multiversal war, it’s worrisome to think of them wreaking havoc outside the sacred timeline.
But with Loki variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) stabbing Kang, rather than taking over his position to keep the TVA in order, the multiverse starts to form some consequential cracks. The thing that has me most worried for Scott is that ominous “see you soon” Kang musters to Sylvie before his death. Majors’ time in the MCU has only begun, and although he has to keep the Marvel secrets, it wouldn’t surprise me if we actually saw the extent of his variants’ path of destruction.
It will be interesting to see how Marvel handles the Kang dilemma, given that the Disney+ shows are not only side adventures between films, but required viewing. There’s a good chance that “Quantumaina” will be a lot of folks’ introduction to the antagonist, which puts additional pressure on Peyton Reed to introduce the next big overarching threat going into the next “Avengers” film, in addition to whatever is planned for the second season of “Loki.” Although I don’t know if Scott will live to see any of it.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is set to hit theaters on February 17, 2023.