The Loki series is picking up right where Avengers: Endgame left off, putting time travel at the forefront of the MCU.
With the recent release of an all-new trailer, fans are already dissecting and analysing every painstaking detail in the exclusive clip. The same can be said for the two other trailers released by Marvel Studios during their Investor Day, with plenty of tidbits and hidden details being packed into WandaVision's short but sweet second trailer.
Many are questioning a piece of artwork during Loki's teaser that resembles the comic book villain Mephisto, who is essentially the Marvel universe's superpowered version of the Devil.
Another moment in the trailer has some fans wondering whether another Marvel foe could cross paths with the God of Mischief...
During the Exclusive Clip for the Loki Disney+ series, busts of three individuals are mounted on the walls of the Time Variance Authority's courtoom at the 1:37 mark.
Three statues of robed individuals are also shown at the 1:44 mark, all bearing headbraces.
This trio is very likely the MCU's version of the Time-Keepers, a group who, in the comics, have much control of the TVA's operations.
The larger statues appear to be placed in some sort of library or archive, judging from the multitude of shelves. This could be an archive belonging to the Time Variance Authority, most likely due to the similarity between the large statues and the busts.
Throughout comic storylines, the Time-Keepers have often butted heads with none other than Kang the Conqueror, a supervillain who uses time to his advantage. Kang the Conqueror will be portrayed by Lovecraft Country's Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In the comics, Kang is a time-travelling scholar from the 31st century, who has a genius-level intellect and enhanced battle armor.
Kang is a possible far-off descendant of Reed Richards, who will be making his MCU debut in the Fantastic Four film directed by Jon Watts. Kang has also adopted several other alter egos, including Immortus and Iron Lad, who are alternate versions of the character from different timelines.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Kang the Conqueror has had a tumultuous relationship with the Time Variance Authority in the comics, working closely with them one moment and conflicting with them over temporal territories another.
The TVA also has another potential connection to Kang, due to them using Quantum Technology to create chronomonitors, the lowest-ranking worker in the TVA. These faceless beings are used to keep tabs on all possible realities across time and space. As Kang is confirmed to be appearing in a film with the literal subtitle of 'Quantumania,' it is possible that a quantum bridge may be formed between the Ant-Man threequel and the Loki series.
Perhaps Loki could go up against the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror, when the series releases in May 2021.