The eerie castle –later called the Citadel at the end of time — is a truly bizarre place, filled with ruined statues of the Time Keepers and ominous looking details. The creepy design of the building looks more like something out of “Harry Potter” than the MCU, which makes it even weirder when Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) appears out of nowhere. She’s not the overarching villain of the series, but she’s certainly not good either. As it turns out, the animated clock is the direct line to a mysterious individual she refers to as “He Who Remains.”
Once again, the MCU has taken something from the comics and repurposed it for the ongoing franchise. He Who Remains is in charge of the Time Variance Authority in the source material, even meeting Thor and Jane Foster in “Thor #245” back in 1976. However, when he arrives on screen in “Loki,” it’s instantly clear that He Who Remains in the MCU is actually a variant of Kang the Conqueror, played by none other than Jonathan Majors, who recently broke out as the star of “Lovecraft Country.”
Majors’ casting as Kang was previously revealed by Deadline in September 2020 in a report claiming he’ll be the villain in “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” — although how he’ll go up against the MCU’s tiniest hero remains to be seen. If you’re up on your MCU casting news it’s instantly clear who this mysterious, purple-robed individual is once Majors’ character steps out of an elevator to meet Sylvie and Loki. Majors clearly has a lot of fun with the role, and he has a pretty chaotic presence which rivals the God of Mischief himself. Majors, likewise, is having a ton of fun with the role off the set — when asked by Variety whether fans could expect him to appear as Kang in “Loki,” he replied, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
However, in yet another twist, he’s not exactly the version of Kang of the Conqueror that fans might be familiar with.