There’s a ‘strange’ crossover coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as franchise bosses confirm Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will share the screen in the near future. As Kevin Feige sketches out the future of the MCU, there’s plenty to keep comic book fans excited.
While Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange was originally a divisive entry in the MCU’s acclaimed back catalogue, the character had something of a return to form after appearing in Thor: Ragnarok and having an expanded role in Avengers: Infinity War.
With the pompous Sorceror Supreme finding a new comedic edge, it means the upcoming Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is one to watch. We already know Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will have a starring role, but according to Bloomberg Business, Loki could also have a part to play.
Marvel Studios Head Feige confirms the Loki Disney+ series will tie directly into Multiverse of Madness. He told the site: “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before. But it does.”
This means both the Scarlet Witch and Vision-led WandaVision and Loki will connect to the Doctor Strange sequel. With both Vision and Loki being dead in the main MCU timeline, this further backs up those swirling theories that the Multiverse will become a big part of the franchise’s future — as if the title of Doctor Strange 2 didn’t already give it away.
When we last left Loki, he stole the Tesseract and zipped off with the Space Stone during the Avengers’ botched time heist. It’s unclear where Loki has gone, but the description for his series teases that he’ll be back to his Trickster God ways and mess with some of the most important events in history. I’m guessing we’ll see a JFK/grassy knoll nod.
As for Doctor Strange, he’s previously butted heads with Loki in Ragnarok. Strange had no love lost for Loki and promised to tell Thor where Odin was if he vowed to keep Loki off Earth. The Sorceror Supreme punished Loki by allowing him to fall in a continuous loop for 30 minutes.
It’s important to note the redeemed Loki of Ragnarok is now dead (thanks to Infinity War), leaving us with the more villainous version who became the big bad of 2012’s The Avengers.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is tipped to be the MCU’s “first horror movie”, teasing a move into darker territory and possibly set the scene for the arrival of Mahershala Ali’s Blade. Either way, the likes of WandaVision, Loki, and Multiverse of Madness are sure to have us all tuning in when they come to Disney+ or the silver screen.
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