In the concluding moments of Loki Season 2, Tom Hiddleston’s iconic character, Loki, made a monumental sacrifice. He assumed the responsibility of safeguarding the Sacred Timeline, preventing the resurgence of He Who Remains. This act marked a significant turning point in Loki’s 12-year journey within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Hiddleston himself acknowledged the profound significance of this moment, describing it as “wholly appropriate and…very moving.” Loki’s newfound role places him among the most influential figures across the entire Multiverse.
A Capital-G God: Loki’s Evolution in Season 2
Eric Martin, the head writer of Loki Season 2, shed light on the show’s thematic evolution and the trajectory of Loki’s character. He likened Loki’s transformation in the latest season to that of the legendary Greek figure, Atlas. Martin explained that the overarching idea was to elevate Loki from a lowercase-g god to a capital-G God. This transformation entailed not only enhancing his powers but also augmenting his wisdom and knowledge.
Loki’s ascension to this divine status comes with a profound duty. He relinquishes his own desires to ensure that the inhabitants of the Multiverse can exercise their free will. In essence, Loki sacrifices what he desires most for the greater good of all. Martin emphasized the intention to empower Loki not only in terms of abilities but also in terms of wisdom and knowledge.
Ambiguity and Mythological Parallels
The final image of Loki seated on his newly acquired throne is intentionally left ambiguous. Martin encouraged viewers to interpret this scene for themselves. He drew a parallel between Loki and the Greek Titan Atlas, a figure known for his eternal burden of holding up the heavens. In Greek mythology, Atlas was condemned to this fate after a protracted battle between the Titans and the Olympians.
The resemblance between Loki’s predicament and Atlas’s mythological trials is striking. In both cases, they bear the weight of immense responsibility. Loki is tasked with maintaining the integrity of countless timelines and assuming the role of He Who Remains at the end of time. This comparison adds layers of complexity to Loki’s character and the implications of his newfound role.
Loki’s Future in the MCU
While the conclusion of Loki Season 2 leaves the character in a position seemingly unalterable, Loki’s journey within the MCU is far from over. As the guardian of the timeline, Loki possesses invaluable knowledge and insight. This makes him a crucial resource in the face of converging timelines, particularly with projects like “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” on the horizon.
Given Loki’s extensive knowledge of various Kang the Conqueror Variants, it would be unsurprising if future interactions between Loki and the Avengers materialize. Furthermore, despite Season 2 being initially conceived without a Season 3 in mind, the series’ enduring popularity raises the possibility of additional stories involving the beloved Asgardian character. Loki’s evolution from the God of Mischief to the God of Stories promises exciting narrative potential for the future of the MCU.