But that doesn’t mean the TVA is necessarily completely unaware of Doctor Strange’s multiversal shenanigans. Den of Geek asked Waldron whether the events of Multiverse of Madness could (in theory) have some kind of effect on Loki season 2 and got an interesting response from the writer.
“Well, you can imagine Loki is watching the events of this movie at a chrono monitor. Just having to light a cigarette,” Waldron tells us. “And so, you gotta believe there’s probably some knockdown effect.”
So yes, there’s a possibility the next season of Loki could acknowledge what happened in Multiverse of Madness, but for now that’s just theoretical. And Marvel could ultimately choose to avoid connections between these two properties in order to not confuse the MCU timeline further, as Waldron said.
Marvel recently chose to do just that with another upcoming film and a recent Disney+ series. Moon Knight head writer Jeremy Slater recently revealed that he had planned to integrate aspects of the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder into his show. But instead, he and MCU chief Kevin Feige decided that even that mentioning that movie’s villain Gorr the God Butcher would distract from the show’s arc. Furthermore, early drafts of Moon Knight included appearances by the Eternals.
For Feige, these sorts of decisions are a constant challenge. As with the comic books that inspired it, a shared universe is one of the MCU’s core appeals. Early on in the franchise, fans exploded with applause when Loki transformed into Captain America in Thor: The Dark World, played by a clearly game Chris Evans. Later, Sony shelled out big bucks to put Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Spider-Man: Homecoming, ensuring its status as a proper MCU film.
But anything this large and popular always runs the risk of backlash, especially as the universe expands. After a relatively quiet 2020, the MCU debuted four new movies and four Disney+ series in 2021. 2022 shows no signs of slowing down, with two more movies, three more series, and two holiday specials still to come. One doesn’t have to look far to find people exhausted with the heroes they once loved.