We’ve got some new details on the Loki Disney+ series, which also provides us some information about an upcoming movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Specifically, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madess. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the upcoming show will tie in directly to Benedict Cumberbatch’s solo movie sequel, which gives us some insight into what the MCU is going to look like in a post-Avengers: Endgame world. In short, it’s all connected.
Disney+ launches next week and it will be home to a host of MCU shows that will connect more directly to the movies. Loki is just one of them that is in the works alongside The Falcon and The Winter Solider, Hawkeye, WandaVision and What If? amongst others. During a recent interview, Kevin Feige was asked if Tom Hiddleston’s Loki show will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before. But it does.”
Interestingly, it was previously confirmed that WandaVision will also tie into Doctor Strange 2, as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will be joining Stephen Strange for the next round of magical happenings. One of the big takeaways from this statement is that these Disney+ Marvel shows are being positioned as essential viewing. Want to know what’s going to happen in the next Doctor Strange movie? Then watching these shows is the way to go. Previously, that wasn’t the case with live-action Marvel TV during the MCU era. While shows like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. do exist within the MCU, they’re very much optional viewing.
That’s not to say those who don’t watch Loki or WandaVision won’t be able to follow Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but it could help paint a more complete picture and provide crucial clues as to what we’re going to see unfold. As of right now we know the TV show will follow the trickster God on a trip through time following Loki‘s Tesseract heist. Ultimately, in the MCU timeline, Thor’s brother is good and truly dead, so it will be interesting to see how things play out in the show knowing the endpoint. And, more specifically, as it relates to Kevin Feige’s comments, how that ties in with the Sorcerer Supreme’s next solo adventure.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is being directed by Scott Derrickson, who returns after helming the original. Nightmare is set to be the main villain and Benedict Wong is also set to return as Wong. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on May 7, 2021. As for Loki, no specific release date has been revealed, but production is set to begin early next year and is expected to arrive in 2021. Disney+ launches in the U.S. on November 12. This news comes to us via Bloomberg.