Editor’s Note: The following contains minor spoilers for Season 2 of Loki.
The big picture
- The MCU’s most recent phase has lacked a compelling villain, but the second season of Loki does more to highlight Kang the Conqueror as the saga’s main antagonist, although the character also appears in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
- In the Marvel Comics, Victor Timely is a version of Kang who appears in the timeline corresponding to the events of Avengers foreverwhere he poses as an inventor with advanced technology.
- Timely’s intellect and innovative abilities allow him to rewrite history, create robot versions of himself, and manipulate events to dominate the aberrant timeline. He could be a big challenge for Loki to overcome.
To say that the last few years have been difficult for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an understatement. Although the franchise seemed to be reaching its peak with the success of Avengers: Endgame and the conclusion of the “Infinity Saga” in 2019, the most recent phases of the MCU suffered from a huge loss in quality. Much of this perceived drop in quality was due to the lack of a compelling villain; The first three phases had all led to revelation Josh BrolinThis is Thanos. Although recent events may have forced Marvel Studios to change their plans, the second season of Loki seems to assume that Jonathan MajorsKang the Conqueror is the next “big bad” of the saga. Kang takes many forms and has many identities. This includes the idiosyncratic inventor “Victor Timely,” who made his first appearance in the post-credit scene Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Timely’s role in Loki isn’t entirely clear yet, but it looks like this particular version of Kang will be a major force that the “God of Mischief” will have to reckon with.
Victor Timely in Marvel Comics
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First introduced in a 1992 edition The Avengers Annual, Victor Timely was established as one of the many versions of the first version of Kang the Conqueror. Kang and his primary identities, Immortus and Pharaoh Rama-Tut, create a number of different versions of themselves that are sent to take over different timelines throughout Marvel history. This made Kang one of the most ruthless villains in Marvel Comics history. Rather than just dominating one timeline, Kang wants to monopolize every moment of history so that his rule becomes truly inescapable.
Victor Timely is the version of Kang sent to the timeline according to the events of Avengers forever; This limited series ran from 1998 to 1999 and follows a disgraced Captain America as he assembles a new “Avengers” squad consisting of Captain Marvel, Giant Man, Hawkeye, Wasp, Giant-Man and Songbird. After nearly being defeated in ancient Egypt, “Kang Prime” travels to the early 20th century and establishes himself as an enigmatic inventor in a small Wisconsin community. Due to Timely’s knowledge of technology, which he learned from the future, his technological abilities make him seem like a genius in the more primitive environment.
While Timely’s knowledge of the future certainly helped give the impression that his abilities were mystical, his intelligence is almost unparalleled in the Marvel Universe. Timely’s intellect enabled him to fundamentally rewrite the history of the Industrial Revolution and become a rival to leading innovators such as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Timely’s charisma hid his darker qualities from the unfortunate public who fell under the spell of his illusions. He managed to deceive the citizens of the newly named town of “Timely, Wisconsin” about the darker plans he had for dominating the alternate timeline.
Although Timely’s powers did not include supernatural abilities, his intellect gave him the power to create synthetic robot versions of himself that could possess his knowledge and memories. This gave Timely the opportunity to disguise his immortality by pretending to be his own sons. Timely attempted to convert the city he named after himself into a hub in time that could serve as a base for the Kangs’ future operations, naming it “Chonopolis”. Timely was able to use his robot identities to impersonate himself when carrying out official duties in Chronopolis, which served as a “turning point” between the past, present and future.
Timely not only rewrote American history with its influence on technological advancements, but also began to change the mythology of the Marvel Universe from the past. His technology creates the original version of the Human Torch in the 1930s, as well as many of the cybernetic parts used by various Marvel heroes. Timely Industries is credited with helping create various infrastructure used by Marvel heroes, including the Baxter Building and Avengers Tower locations. This allows Timely to have influence over his opponents when he took control of the Sentinels during the “Kang Dynasty”.
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Victor Timely in Loki Season 2
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Timely is not the first iteration of Kang to play Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his TVA buddy Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) came across them; At the end of they met scientist Nathaniel Richards (aka “He Who Remains”) for the first time. Lokiis the first season. Although Sylvie Laufenydottir (Sophie Di Martino) has killed this version of Kang, Loki and Mobius realize that Timely is another version of the villain they thought they had defeated. The main version of Kang the Conqueror had attempted to conquer the Quantum Realm Ant-Man and the Wasp: Qunatumaniabut it seems this version of the all-seeing scientist is taking a different approach to his plan for evil to reign.
The debut of a version of Kang at the end LokiThe first season of Marvel seemed to generate excitement among Marvel fans, particularly those who felt the universe lost its way afterward.Endgame. Kang appeared to be the next main antagonist around whom the entire universe would revolve, but those plans could change due to a variety of factors. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was a critical and financial disappointment that thwarted the launch of Kang the Conqueror; And most importantly, the controversy surrounding Majors’ assault and harassment allegations could inspire the studio to recast the character around which the next phases will apparently revolve.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty The release is still scheduled for 2026, but could well be pushed back due to filming and writing delays during the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. It’s now unclear whether Kang is still being portrayed as Marvel’s next “big bad” or is merely functioning as a villain Loki Season 2. However, Timely seems to be more than a match for Loki and will certainly give him plenty to do as the series continues.
Source : collider.com