Loki’s screenwriter Eric Martin talks about some of the sci-fi classics that inspired the Loki ending. Beware, SPOILERS below!
Last Wednesday the long-awaited end of the Loki season landed on Disney Plus , whose outcome was most shocking and that without a doubt the end of Loki will have strong repercussions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
As you well remember, in the end of the Loki series, the being known as The One Who Remains reveals to Loki and Sylvie that he formed the Agency for Temporal Variation in order, as the agency itself pointed out, to preserve the Sacred Timeline and prevent the Multiverses from flowing. , as that would trigger devastating consequences.
According to his version of events, both he and the Variants of himself discovered the existence of the Multiverses and interacted with each other to improve and help each other. However, not all of his Variants were good people, as there were several who intended to conquer the different Multiverses.
That is why He Who Remains made the decision to preserve its timeline at any cost in order to be protected from access by its other more dangerous Variants that would undoubtedly unleash chaos on this timeline.
Thus, He Who Remains gives the Gods of Deception two options. Either they take charge from now on to preserve the timeline by assuming his position or they kill him and cause the Multiverses to open and with it the worst versions of the Variants of The He Who Remains appear.
Eventually, Sylvie ends up killing the One Who Remains and, just as he warned, a new Variant of him appears in this timeline, discovering astonished Loki who is in an alternate timeline where The One Who Remains has become the visible head of the AVT, gazing at a statue of him in the agency whose outfit is very similar to that of Kang the Conqueror .
Precisely that final sequence of Loki observing the statue of The He Who Remains is a clear reference to the outcome of Planet of the Apes , where the character played by Charlton Heston discovered to his horror that the planet of the apes to which he had traveled was nothing but his own. planet Earth in the distant future when contemplating the remains of the Statue of Liberty.
This was corroborated on his Twitter account by Eric Martin , scriptwriter of the Loki series, commented that by the end of the season he was largely inspired by science fiction classics such as the aforementioned Planet of the Apes or The Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone’s inspiration for the end of Loki season 1 is mainly in the dialogue parts of the character played by Jonathan Majors . The writers knew they “needed someone with intense charisma” to make the final part of the plot as bearable, as their final confrontation focuses on a most revealing conversation. This part fits in with The Twilight Zone as the series often used its episodes as vehicles for social comment through lengthy conversations.
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