He Who Stays is lifeless. Kang the Conqueror is lifeless. Victor Well timed is lifeless. The seek for Marvel’s subsequent Kang Variant — the one who we anticipate would be the Avengers’ subsequent nemesis in Kang Dynasty — is on. And, the true villain, Ravonna Renslayer, has been beneath our nostril for years.
Once we say ‘years’, we imply simply over two years in the past with the occasions of Loki’s first season. Don’t roll your eyes: lots can occur in two years, particularly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was a pre-No Means House, pre-Physician Unusual 2, pre-multiverse world if you happen to may even keep in mind such a factor. Again in these early days, the primary season of the Marvel collection launched us to Ravonna Renslayer, one of many leaders of the TVA.
Loki season 2 has since seen Renslayer abandon the TVA and, due to Miss Minutes, uncover her shut private historical past with the Kang the Conqueror variant, He Who Stays. The pair appear to have been romantically concerned (“For us, for all of time.” He Who Stays tells her, and he or she longingly replies, “At all times.”), and Renslayer fought for He Who Stays within the Multiversal Warfare and helped him set up the TVA after his victory. We expect that their connection goes even deeper, although, and that Renslayer is a Kang Variant herself.
The proof has been proper in entrance of us this whole time, from Marvel’s comedian lore.
Whereas Loki is essentially an unique story, like the broader multiverse storyline inside Marvel Section 5 it nonetheless attracts from the supply materials for inspiration. Within the present, Ravonna Renslayer is a well-established character who has a protracted and tangled historical past with Kang. Within the comics, Ravonna and Kang and linked collectively in a continuing on-off poisonous romance, stuffed with betrayal. Sound acquainted?
The pair’s dynamic has been plucked straight out of the comics for the collection, with Miss Minutes displaying Renslayer a glimpse of her relationship with He Who Stays from earlier than he wiped her thoughts. It’s not one-for-one, however that is rooted within the established lore of the character, and we predict this model of Renslayer is about to proceed following within the footsteps of her comedian e book counterpart.
All indicators level towards the MCU’s Renslayer being based totally on comedian e book legend Walt Simonson’s time writing Avengers and Improbable 4 tales, particularly his Council of Cross-Time Kangs story (already used as inspiration for the Council of Kangs premise). Throughout that story, Ravonna disguises herself as Kang-Nebula with a view to infiltrate the council, successfully turning into a Kang Variant and efficiently manipulating the opposite Kangs to get what she desires.
Simonson additionally wrote a Improbable 4 story that includes the TVA during which this Ravonna-Kang hybrid was a chief antagonist, in addition to introducing the TVA’s cube-prison gadgets, that are used to lure (and even crush) enemies in a narrative during which Ravonna was concerned as seen in Loki.
All this might sound tenuous. How can we get from right here to Ravonna being revealed to be the Prime Kang, who all our heroes have to fret about?
There’s no direct route, actually. However every part we do know (that the MCU is taking heavy inspiration from the comics for Ravonna in tales the place she’s linked with Kang and that each one the Kangs who we thought is perhaps the true villain are actually lifeless) trace in direction of the reveal.
After all, there’s yet another hurdle to get previous to ensure that all this to work. Ravonna Renslayer died in Loki season 2 epiosde 4. However that vast Loki cliffhanger additionally appeared to point that Loki, Mobius, Sylvie, and the remainder of the crew had been toast too. To ensure that the plot to progress, we’re prepared to wager that some degree of backward time-travel goes to be concerned to ensure that Loki to stop the destruction of the multiverse, and that’ll take us to some extent the place Ravonna remains to be very a lot alive, and ready to step into Kang’s footwear.
For extra on Loki, take a look at our characteristic on why Lokius ought to positively occur, and find out how the Marvel timeline is so damaged that even Miss Minutes can’t assist. Or, see what’s new on Disney Plus this month earlier than studying about what to anticipate from Deadpool 3.