'Loki' Will Have a 'Wide-Reaching' Impact on the MCU, Producer Says
Marvel’s Loki is almost here. Leading up to the Disney+ series premiere, producer Michael Waldron addressed some pressing questions about the Tom Hiddleston-led show. One things fans are eager to know is how the series will impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Loki is the master of messing things up for everybody, so the interest is fair. And Waldron’s comments hinted Loki will cause some problems for future Marvel projects to fix.
What will the ‘Loki’ series be about?
Hiddleston reprises his beloved role in the Marvel series. Except this version of Loki isn’t who fans saw die in Avengers: Infinity War. The events of Avengers: Endgame allowed a more evil version of Loki to escape with the Tesseract/Space Stone. Loki Season 1 will begin right after that escape. However, his independence won’t last long.
Loki will soon be arrested by the Time Variance Authority — a bureaucratic agency tasked with protecting the balance of time. Owen Wilson’s character, Mobius, will try to see if they can use this “Loki variant” to their advantage. It will involve fixing the time mess Loki created when he stole the Tesseract.
Everything in Loki will connect to what happens next in the MCU. The same applies to WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Is ‘Loki’ connected to ‘Doctor Strange 2’?
Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home will connect to Doctor Strange 2.
“I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” Feige told Bloomberg. “But it does.”
Waldron produced Loki and wrote the pilot. He also wrote the script for Doctor Strange 2. He told Total Film Loki wasn’t intentionally written to lead into Doctor Strange 2, but the show will cause “messes.” He said:
“All of these stories, in their own way, are interconnected, and have ramifications. I think that certainly our aim with the Loki series was for it to have wide-reaching ramifications across the MCU moving forward. So, you know, was I having to clean up some of the messes that I made [with Loki]? Maybe so.”
Tom Hiddleston is excited to explore Loki’s powers further in Marvel’s ‘Loki’
As for Hiddleston, the actor loved exploring Loki’s abilities in the series. He told Entertainment Weekly:
“I love this idea [of] Loki’s chaotic energy somehow being something we need. Even though, for all sorts of reasons, you don’t know whether you can trust him. You don’t know whether he’s going to betray you. You don’t why he’s doing what he’s doing.”
Indeed, it is a gamble to trust him. And Wilson’s Mobius knows that, but he’s hoping Loki will come through for him.
Hiddleston said during the show, Loki will continue to struggle with his identity, which has always caused some chaos in past movies. He said:
“If he’s shapeshifting so often, does he even know who he is? And is he even interested in understanding who he is? Underneath all those masks, underneath the charm and the wit, which is kind of a defense anyway, does Loki have an authentic self? Is he introspective enough or brave enough to find out? I think all of those ideas are all in the series — ideas about identity, ideas about self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and the difficulty of it.”
Loki premieres on Disney+ on June 9.
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