Whew, the season one finale of
In the episode’s opening, we hear iconic lines from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They play over Harry James “It’s Been a Long Time,” a.k.a. Steve and Peggy’s song. We hear T’Challa, Hank Pym, Sam Wilson, Carol Danvers, and more speak. Even Vision’s “What is grief, if not love persevering?” line from
Then we hear lines from our own history, such as Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man.” These all play as Sylvie and Loki stand outside the castle beyond the Void. They seem to be in a place where universes and timelines collide. It totally made us think of the wild landscapes in
As for the castle itself, bold golden streaks appear throughout the pillars and walls, bringing kintsugi to mind. The Japanese art form repairs broken pottery with golden lacquer to help imperfections shine rather than covering them up. Which kind of ties into how the TVA is “repairing” the Sacred Timeline.
After Loki and Sylvie enter the castle, they meet Miss Minutes—who absolutely knows everything and has this entire time. We knew her pleasant demeanor and smirk belied her true knowledge of the TVA. Anyway, she tells the Variants they have arrived at the Citadel at the End of Time. That has a history in the comics, first appearing in
Though the comics version of He Who Remains appeared differently than the one in
“For All Time. Always.” wastes no time bringing Loki and Sylvie to the being behind the TVA: He Who Remains. Of course, we’ve known about Jonathan Majors being cast as Kang the Conqueror for
And an interesting thing about Immortus in the comics: he manipulated Vision and Scarlet Witch to have Tommy and Billy. He wanted to push Wanda’s potential as a Nexus Being and harness that power.
In the comics, Kang was the descendant of someone who discovered time travel. Here, he’s discovered the Multiverse. He Who Remains is one of Kang’s variants and he’s communicated with multiple Kangs and stopped a Multiversal war.
In case you needed reminders about how the Time Variance Authority deals with, you know, time, the Citadel has plenty of visual cues. Cycles of the moon cover the floor along with the motion of planets. A giant clock looms above. The statues of He Who Remains have clocks for faces.
Look, we’ve heard callbacks to themes from previous
Banished Time Keeper
Four statues decorate the entry of the Citadel representing the Time Keepers. We saw three of them in Loki’s
Write This Down
Remember back when we first saw Ravonna’s pen in the second episode? The words “Franklin D. Roosevelt High School” appear on the pen. We thought maybe it was a connection to Kang or even Molecule Man, but no. The pen came from Ravonna’s life before the TVA where she worked at the Ohio based high school as a vice principal. Her name was once Rebecca Tourminet, and she graduated from Ohio State University.
Miss Minutes provided Ravonna with some files chosen by He Who Remains. We don’t know the contents, but we’re guessing whatever she saw has her on a mission. It’s likely we’ll see her go full Terminatrix in future MCU stories. In the comics, Terminatrix wants to control her own destiny and she goes to extreme lengths to do so. We have no trouble imagining her taking that desire for control to the nth level, doing whatever it takes to maintain a timeline she believes in.
A Few Words on the Multiverse
Once Sylvie kills He Who Remains, the timeline branches in countless directions. Hello, Multiverse. We knew it was coming what with
And then Loki ends up in another one of those timelines when he returns to the TVA. It’s not the same TVA he left. A Kang statue stands where the Time Keepers were, and Mobius has no idea who Loki is.
The next phase could lead us right into