Multiverse Mayhem: All The Upcoming MCU Projects Likely To Be Directly Affected By The 'Loki' Finale
The episode set up years worth of storylines.
WARNING! SPOILERS for Loki 1x06, 'For All Time. Always.'
With it's first season finale, the Loki series established itself as one of the most important entries so far in Phase Four of the MCU. The episode featured both the birth of the multiverse, and the introduction of a character who will likely become the whole franchise's next big bad.
The impact of these events is likely to flow on into other MCU series and films. Here are the future MCU projects most likely to be directly affected by the events of the Loki finale.
Following the conclusion of Loki, the next Disney Plus MCU series will be What If..?, set to make it's debut on August 11. The series will feature beloved MCU characters facing altered versions of events that set them on a different path, some very different than the ones we know. We will see T'Challa, usually Black Panther, become Star-Lord, while Peggy Carter is injected with the Super-Soldier serum, becoming Captain Britain while Steve Rogers becomes the first Iron Man, with a suit built built by Howard Stark.
With the birth of the multiverse, it is clear to see why What If..? was always scheduled to air after Loki. The scenarios we'll see in What If..? are likely the result of the timeline branches caused by Sylvie's decision to kill He-Who-Remains. And, interestingly, Loki star Tom Hiddleston has recently stated that What If..? will absolutely have an impact on the wider MCU.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Ever since the third MCU Spidey film, Spider-Man: No Way Home was announced, rumours have swirled that the film could dive into the multiverse, and include characters from Sony's earlier Spider-Man films. Many fans are eager to see Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield working alongside the current Spidey, Tom Holland.
With the birth of the multiverse, fans believe their dreams could become a reality. Some are even speculating that the appearance of J.K Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in the after credits scene of the previous film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, is an early example of a timeline split. Simmons previously played Jameson in Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
It goes without saying that the birth of the multiverse will have some impact on the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After all, the word 'Multiverse' is right there in the title. In the film, Stephen Strange is said to be dealing with PTSD after using the Time Stone to look ahead and witness the many ways the Avengers could have failed in Avengers: Infinity War. With Loki introducing the multiverse, some of those doomed timelines could now be real branches of reality. Fans are also expecting to see some of the alternate realities introduced in What If..? in Multiverse of Madness.
Loki's ending could also have an impact on the story of Multiverse of Madness's other major character, Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, with the film set to continue her story after the events of WandaVision. Some fans speculate that the after-credits scene of WandaVision's final episode could be linked to Loki, proposing that the moment Wanda hears her sons call for help while studying the Darkhold coincides with the moment the timeline splits. After losing her children in the comics, Wanda once went searching for a reality in which they had lived.
Thor: Love And Thunder
As Loki has spent most of his MCU history as a villain/supporting character in the Thor franchise, it makes sense that the Loki series may have some impact on the upcoming fourth film, Thor: Love & Thunder. However, this may not necessarily be through Loki's presence, as Tom Hiddleston has claimed that he is not in Love & Thunder. Loki's connection to the film could come in the form of the Multiverse.
It is well-known by now that Thor: Love & Thunder will reintroduce Jane Foster, who last appeared in Thor: The Dark World. In the new film, Jane, following a well-loved story arc from the comics, will become worthy of the mystical hammer, Mjolnir, and wield it as Mighty Thor. However, in the main MCU timeline, Mjolnir was destroyed back in Thor: Ragnarok. This has led some fans to speculate that 'Mighty Thor' Jane may be from an alternate timeline, possibly one in which she found Mjolnir and lifted it before S.H.I.E.L.D discovered it.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
While watching the Loki finale, long-term Marvel comics fans quickly deduced that He-Who-Remains is a variant of Kang the Conqueror, one of the Marvel Universe's greatest villains. Kang travels through time, conquering various worlds to add to his empire. Unfortunately for our MCU heroes, Sylvie has killed what appears to be one of the less evil versions of the character, likely allowing evil Kangs to appear across the Multiverse.
For fans paying attention to MCU casting news, this wouldn't have come as much of a surprise, as Jonathan Majors, the actor playing He-Who-Remains, had already been cast as Kang The Conqueror in the upcoming MCU film Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. The film will likely see Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne venture back into the Quantum Realm for an as yet unknown reason, and may even have them as the first Avengers to face off with Kang directly.
The beginning of the multiverse as seen in Loki is sure to impact other upcoming films and shows as well, but those mentioned above are the most obvious. The future of the MCU is about to get very interesting.