Ant-manShmant man – Tom Hiddleston’s Performance in Loki Season 2 once and for all raised real fears about the prospect of a Kang dynasty.
It was meant to be ironic, in an Alanis Morissette way, that the biggest, baddest villain ever to appear in the MCU would make his grand entrance in a film starring the world’s smallest hero. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania promised a smashdown for the ages, a mere taste of what might await the Avengers as they face off against the Multiversal Monster and its countless variants Avengers: Kang Dynasty. Instead, we have ants – literally. And Kang was defeated by them.
Kang the Conqueror has become the laughing stock of the MCU. He’s by no means a threat worthy of headlining an entire Avengers movie. …Or at least he wasn’t.
In just one episode, accompanied by Tom Hiddleston’s spectacular performance, Kang regained his rightful fame and we were left to grapple with the gloom of his impending presence.
I can still hear the raw fear in Hiddleston’s voice as Loki plunges the Time Rod into the war room wall and cuts away the layer of wallpaper covering the large busts of He Who Remains. “That’s the one who built this place!” he screams, his face pale with horror. “That’s who stole your life! He’s coming back!”
Meanwhile, Mobius, Hunter B-15, General Dox, and Judge Gamble look on in shock and a slight shiver of horror. And just like that, Hiddleston single-handedly saved the MCU.
What Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania failed in a feature-length blockbuster, Loki managed to catch on Disney Plus in 36 minutes. Seeing fear in people’s eyes at the sight of Kang – or the one who remains – The was what was missing Quantumania. Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) did the best with what she was given, but it was sabotaged by a heartfelt backstory that failed to capture Kang’s evil nature.
One of the greatest advantages Thanos had in previous years Avengers: Infinity War And Endgame was an evil plan that continually frustrated the best efforts of the Avengers and a host of minions, monsters, and members of the galaxy who openly feared him. From the first whisper of Thanos, there were minions and monsters who obeyed his commands out of fear. When the Avengers got a whiff of him, that fear was palpable.
If Loki Season 2 continues to offer this caliber of fear and emotion, there may actually still be reason to be excited Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.