The Disney+ series Loki is a lot of things and simple is not one of them. With just one episode in, the show has created enough chaos in the MCU to throw us off the scent. It almost seems like the show is all set to connect all the missing dots in Marvel’s Phase 4. As of recently, we have been heavily covering all the aspects that would connect Loki to Doctor Strange 2. And now, Michael Waldron, the writer of both the projects, has talked about how Loki connected to Doctor Strange 2.
Here’s How Loki Connects To Doctor Strange 2
Loki is all about the concept of the multiverse and branching timelines. Moreover, the very title of the Doctor Strange sequel suggests the madness in the multiverse. Plus, the biggest link between Loki and Doctor Strange 2 is the writer itself. So when Michael Waldron was asked if Loki would connect to Doctor Strange 2, he shared his piece of mind. He told Comicbook.com:
“I think everybody will have a better idea of that when on the other end of it. I’ll just say that our charge and the goal from the beginning was telling a complete, thrilling story that can stand alone, and by the end of it, we’ll see what we blew the lid on.”
So Waldron is hinting at limitless possibilities by the end of Loki. I mean, the show has already disregarded the entire MCU history of Infinity Stones. So, the TVA – a bureaucratic organization existing outside of time and space – at this moment is the greatest force in the universe. But for now, as Waldron said, the series will focus on telling the story of Loki. But then again, the end is going to be bonkers.
Why Did Loki Include The Infinity Stones?
Loki episode 1, “Glorious Purpose, disregarded the very existence of Infinity Stones. So, everything you knew about them is rendered completely useless. At the beginning of the episode, it was shown that the Tessaract was given to a desk worker of the TVA named Casey. But why did Loki include the Infinity Stones? Waldron continued:
“From day one, we were like, ‘Look, this thing should be as vital as a movie.’ There was no cap on our imagination, or on what we could do or what we couldn’t do because it was on Disney+. As far as we were concerned, we were telling the next, most important chapter in the MCU. And so, that meant, ‘Yeah, let’s get Infinity Stones in there.‘”
Waldron has made it clear that this is the next most important chapter in the future of the MCU. So what I think is that the Infinity Stones were just a simple way of Loki telling us that we have no idea how crazy it is going to get. The desk drawer revealed multiple Infinity Stones that have been collected by the TVA over the years. He even revealed that these Infinity Stones are used as paperweights by the workers. Did you see how recklessly the existence of these Infinity Stones is disrespected?
Hints At Loki Connecting To Doctor Strange 2
Previously, when Waldron was asked about the connection between the two projects, he gave a very ambiguous reply. But that was totally understandable. He wanted the audience to decipher his message. He told Total Film:
“That would just be crazy conjecture. 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 had to clean up some of the messes that I made [with Loki]? Maybe so.”
But, if that is not it for you, then I have some more information regarding this. Kevin Feige, the Boss Man himself commented in the past saying that Loki would indeed lead into Doctor Strange 2. He told Empire Magazine that:
“It perhaps will have more impact on the MCU than any of the shows thus far. What everybody thought about WandaVision, and was sort of true, and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, which was sort of true, is even more sort of true for Loki.”
Waldron is hinting at major alterations to the MCU, all thanks to Loki. So I think that the show will indeed stand up to Loki’s true nature, chaos and mischief. Feige hinting at Loki’s rumors and theories to be true, more than the previous two shows only tightens our knots, doesn’t it? But I will not let you rest with just this information. The show Loki itself has two major references to Doctor Strange 2.
Hints From Loki That Connects To Doctor Strange
But let me give you a major insight from the show Loki itself. Do you remember the cheeky Miss Minutes presentation? Well, Miss Minutes’ presentation explained that the Multiverse was thrown in disarray because of the temporal war for supremacy. She revealed that branches of the Sacred Timeline could lead to madness in the multiverse. And god, that is a major hint!
While Mobius and Loki are chatting about the existence of the TVA, the God of Mischief suggested that it’s all just “a nightmare,” to which Mobius quickly responds, “that’s another department I’ll gladly help you burn down.” Do you get where I’m going at? I know, I sound like I’m reaching but so is the show. I mean, they have disregarded the Infinity Stones and claimed themselves to the greatest force. So why not include a major Nightmare reference? Maybe Nightmare’s dream dimension is actually a department in the TVA. That would be insane! It’s a high possibility that Loki may give several nods or even introduce the character before Doctor Strange 2.
So this is how Loki connects to Doctor Strange 2. It stars Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Eugene Cordero in undisclosed roles. The first episode is now available on Disney+.