So far, Marvel’s Disney + the shows were snacks. Appetizers to keep fans in the cinematic universe between their cinema trips. These shows are also usually a way to fix issues and let beloved characters go on side quests. In WandaVision, Wanda Maximoff could imagine a life with Vision after her death in Avengers: Infinity War. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier talks about Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America, after Steve Rogers gave him the shield in End of Game. Loki was supposed to show what happened when the God of Mischief took off with the Tesseract in End of Game. It didn’t, instead it turned all those details into a frayed knot.
But wait, this is going too far. First off, the good news: during a mid-credits scene on Wednesday Loki season finale, Marvel has announced that, yes, “Loki will return in season 2”. To date, it is unheard of. Disney + a still to renew any other Marvel series. It also leaves a lot of open and compelling questions including, but not limited to, which Loki or Lokis will return in the second season and / or other MCU films. Since news of the renewal was delivered via a message written to Loki Laufeyson’s Time Variance Authority (TVA) file, Loki of Hiddleston, he will presumably be back. The fate of others, including Sylvie by Sophia Di Martino and the the internet’s favorite alligator, we’ll see. Loki just blew up the timeline of the Marvel Multiverse.
It’s probably part of Kevin Feige’s master plan. As Loki‘s Time Keepers, Marvel’s big boss makes sure the MCU keeps running and makes sure all movies and shows work together. But as Wednesday’s final showed, sometimes even the puppeteer has to be replaced. (Spoiler alert: Details of the Loki the season finale follows.) Towards the end of the episode, Sylvie has a somewhat heart-wrenching duel with Loki, then kills the one that’s left (Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors), the supposed TVA mastermind she’s been researching all season, and the person known to comic book fans as Kang the Conqueror. As Se7enby John Doe, The One Who Remains manipulated Sylvie into distrusting and stabbing Loki, triggering multiple timelines in which there is a much more evil, warchief-like Kang ready to wreak havoc.
My colleague Adam Rogers likes to warn that “it will end in tears. “All of this timey-wimey multiverse stuff can only end with a ‘cataclysmic pendulum swing of epic violence.’ He’s right, of course. (I have to say Adam is passing me. Not that he would do anything. drastic to keep me from saying what I’m thinking… I’m fine… :: blink :: :: blink: 🙂 To me, multiverses are a hoot. Yes, they make nerds twist their pasterns we’re on real or true, but I trust Doctor Strange. Remember all that time he gave Thanos the Time Stone because he said it was the only chance the Avengers had? It turned out (mostly) OK, and it’s my instinct to go with the guy who looked at each timeline and chose this one. If Feige says “multiverse”, why not?
In addition, multiverses allow a parcel more side quests and quirky character explorations Loki played like a violin. Technically, WandaVision happened on the main MCU timeline, but if Wanda hadn’t used her witchcraft to create an alternate world, fans wouldn’t have had extra hours with Vision – and they wouldn’t even have encountered the now beloved Agatha Harkness. Loki gave us more of Loki – a few dozen of them, in fact, revealing all of the character’s wonderfully weird forms. Wrapped in it’s the wonder that exists on this timeline: Earth in 2021. The opening up of the multiverse allows characters to be replacements for who they were in the comics – they can be swapped between genders, or of a different race or sexuality. Yes, all this script flipping can cause chaos, and it’ll leave more split ends than a bad perm, but what I’m saying is, don’t say “multiversal war” like it’s a bad thing. It looks like a gas.