Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige has said on numerous occasions that Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series will be connected to and inform the company’s movies. WandaVision, for example, will set up the appearance of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Scarlet Witch may not be the only prominent guest star, however, as Feige has now confirmed that another Disney+ series, Loki, will also tie into the Doctor Strange sequel.
“I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before, but it does,” Feige told Bloomberg about Loki in a recent interview with Disney executives regarding Disney+. It’s not Feige’s style to drop news as big as this in an interview, but we’ll gladly take it and speculate wildly.
Feige and Loki star Tom Hiddleston have previously shared that the series will focus on the God of Mischief who escaped with the Tesseract in an alternate timeline, as shown in Avengers: Endgame. This is not the Loki who went on a redemption arc from Thor: The Dark World through his death in Avengers: Infinity War. The Disney+ version of Loki has never met Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) like the deceased one did in Thor: Ragnarok.
How will this new iteration of Loki respond to his first meeting with Stephen Strange? Will the two characters even meet at all? Just because his series ties into the Doctor Strange sequel does not mean Loki himself will appear in that film. There are, of course, plenty of different ways Marvel Studios can connect the series with the film.
If Loki is in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (and even if he isn’t), a connection between the two projects may confirm that the “Multiverse” portion of the film’s title is at least somewhat literal and not entirely figurative. There is a chance that the multiverse we experience in the film could be set entirely within the mad mind of a Master of the Mystic Arts, but that seems less likely if it connects to a Disney+ series that has no choice but to be set in a more literal version of the multiverse with an alternate timeline.
This connection may also give “New Loki” a path to the prime MCU timeline. The Tesseract (Space Stone) isn’t known for being able to transport someone across different timelines, but Loki may not need it to. If Doctor Strange and/or Wanda drop in from the prime timeline, perhaps Loki will follow them back home.