Marvel Studios unleashed a torrent of incredible news on us today, so much so that it’s easy to overlook some of the fine details of the footage they gave us. For instance, in the first teaser for next May’s Loki, it was pretty easy to ignore the faces on the wall in what appeared to be a courtroom.
On the wall behind Gugu Mbatha-Raw‘s unknown character are a trio of faces, all of which bear the unmistakable trademark lines of Kang the Conqueror. The hardest of the hardcore know that Loki was produced by Limbo Productions I and that Kang the Conqueror is the Lord of Limbo. I have LOOOOOOOOONG expected Kang to show up in Loki (going so far as to wonder if Owen Wilson could be playing the character); when Jonathan Majors casting as Kang was revealed by the trades, I mentioned it was likely he would be showing up in something prior to Ant-Man 3. Over the past week, KC Walsh of GWW has HEAVILY teased the presence of the character. Given what we see here, it certainly looks like Loki is the place and that Gugu might somehow herself be on the council, be A Kang or related to the time-traveling despot.
The multiversal Council of Kangs was first introduced in 1986’s Avengers 267 and did a lot of very counter-intuitive but self-preservatory shit. If we’re being honest, nothing about Kang, Immortus or any other of his personas make sense, so let’s not pretend to sort it out in 3-5 sentences. What does seem certain is that Loki will face off against the Master of Men before the end of Season 1!