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Movie and TV lovers of all stripes are very, very excited about the arrival of Disney+ in just a few days. The new streaming service is going to have thousands of hours of entertainment available on day one from Star Wars to National Geographic and Pixar to Marvel. And, one of the big reasons people are waiting so intently for Disney+ is the new shows that will focus on well-known characters from the MCU. Loki is one of these major, upcoming shows, and now we know that it will connect to a big Phase 4 movie: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
We had already heard that the Disney+ MCU series were going to be far more connected to the films than any of the other Marvel TV shows we've gotten previously, but we didn't realize how connected until it was announced that Scarlet Witch would play a big part in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with the Disney+ show WandaVision being directly linked to the action of that film.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke to Bloomberg recently about how important it will be to have a Disney+ subscription as the Marvel films move forward, and confirmed that Loki will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as well, saying:
I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before. But it does.
While I'm not completely stunned by this revelation, it's still the kind of news that will likely give Marvel fans the world over the best kind of goosebumps. I mean, the possibilities this opens up are extraordinary, right?
Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we have no confirmation right now that Loki (in the form of Tom Hiddleston or otherwise) will actually be a part of the Doctor Strange sequel (that is a long title to repeatedly type, let me tell you), but considering what Loki and that film are about (not to mention what WandaVision is said to focus on), it's pretty easy to see several ways in which all of these things can tie into each other.
Loki is going to follow the adventures of the Avengers: Endgame version of the character who managed to escape with the Tesseract during the Avengers' time heist, after some of them went back to the Battle of New York (which was, of course, the climax of the first Avengers movie). This Loki is still a full-on bad guy and will go on the run through a variety of time periods after his efforts to conquer Earth failed.
When you combine that knowledge with the fact that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be a horror tale that explores the infinite realities available, and that WandaVision will probably see Scarlet Witch use her reality warping powers to create a world where Vision is still alive, and, well it all feels pretty clear that Loki can factor into the next Doctor Strange mighty easily.
Few of us understand all the potential vagaries of time travel, but it makes sense that having 2012 Loki running around and causing trouble throughout time would create at least one additional parallel universe (if not many) for Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch to contend with in their movie.
We don't have an actual release date for Loki just yet, but right now it is scheduled to hit Disney+ in early 2021. Meanwhile, we can expect to see WandaVision on the streamer during the same time frame (handy), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on May 7 of the same year.
You can bet that there will be a lot more information to come about these Marvel / Disney+ projects and many others, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest!