Marvel fans, get ready for a thrilling ride in Loki Season 2 as the villain Victor Timely takes center stage. Teased in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, promises to be a pivotal character. It appears he is yet another variant of Kang the Conqueror, portrayed by the talented Jonathan Majors. Much like He Who Remains in the first season of Loki, Victor Timely is poised to make a significant impact on the MCU‘s future.
In the previous season of Loki, Sylvie, a variant of Loki played by Sophia Di Martino, made the fateful decision to end He Who Remains’ life, revealed to be, the enigmatic founder of the Time Variance Authority. His mission was to uphold the Sacred Timeline, preventing the creation of dangerous variants like Kang. However, his death unleashed a multitude of Kang variants, reshaping reality within the TVA, setting the stage for Loki Season 2. Now, let’s delve into Timely’s comic history, his powers, and his role in the MCU.
Victor Timely’s Marvel Comics Origin
In the original Marvel Comics, Victor Timely was an alias assumed by a Kang variant, first introduced in 1992’s The Avengers Annual #21. This particular Kang variant, after suffering repeated defeats at the hands of the Avengers, decided to take a different approach. He traveled back to the year 1901 and founded the town of Timely, Wisconsin.
Becoming the town’s mayor, Victor also established himself as an industrialist and created Timely Industries, leveraging his knowledge of time travel and future technologies, including robotics.
Victor Timely’s grand plan was to gradually conquer the world in the past, ensuring that it would already be under his control in the present. To achieve this, he used robotic proxies to run his company, replacing them with successive “sons” who would continue his legacy. Over time, Kang Industries became responsible for security measures at the Baxter Building and Avengers Tower, as well as numerous advancements in robotics.
What are Victor Timely’s Powers?
In the comics, this Kang variant didn’t possess superhuman abilities. Instead, his genius-level intellect allowed him to gain power in the 20th century. Armed with knowledge of the future and advanced technologies, he surpassed figures like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. In essence, he was Marvel’s version of Nikola Tesla. By focusing on robotics and technological advancement, Victor Timely secured his position of influence once his company caught up to the present.
Changes in Victor Timely for the MCU
In Loki Season 2 Episode 3, Victor Timely appears to be an alias used by He Who Remains, a variant who didn’t become Kang the Conqueror. Instead, he chose to travel to the past to share his studies of time, delivering lectures and presenting experiments. Unlike the comic version, it seems that time travel itself will be Timely’s primary fascination in Loki Season 2.
Victor Timely Introduction in Loki Season 2
Based on what we’ve seen in the recent episode of Loki Season 2 and the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Victor Timely is seen introducing his invention at a fair attended by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), and Renslayer. Despite Sylvie’s warning about Timely’s danger as a variant of He Who Remains, Loki suggests at a alliance to fix the ongoing time crisis within the TVA.
Setting the Stage for Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
As the MCU continues its Multiverse Saga in Phase 5, Loki Season 2 emerges as a crucial chapter, just like the first season. The Multiverse Saga is expected to culminate in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Victor Timely’s introduction as a new Kang variant is likely to provide additional setup for the Avengers’ impending showdown with the time-traveling tyrant and his variants across the multiverse. Victor Timely is uniquely positioned to shed light on the mysteries of the multiverse, educating both MCU audiences and viewers of the Disney+ series.
With numerous Kang variants introduced in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, including Immortus, Rama-Tut, the Centurion, and many more, it remains to be seen how Victor Timely will fit into the grand narrative of Loki Season 2. Whether he aligns with the MCU’s Council of Kangs or remains an independent variant like the Kang exiled in the Quantum Realm, Victor Timely is sure to play a pivotal role as the MCU heads toward the release of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in 2026.